After the first banquet with King Xerxes and Queen Esther, Hamaan was feeling fairly full of himself but as he passed the Kings’ gate, Mordacai still refused to bow down to him. Hamaan was so enraged by the offense that he gave orders to build a gallows on which to hang the insolent Jew.
That night, in the castle, King Xerxes was restless and couldn’t sleep. He decided to read from the book of the record of his reign. He came across a notation that Mordacai had provided information that had foiled an assassination attemptbut was never rewarded. Mordacai must be honored at once!
Imagine Hamaan’s horror when he, the King’s right-hand-man, was chosen to honor Mordacai in front of all the people of the city.
Hamaan had just arrived home from this to mournfully tell his wife of this experience when the King’s servants arrived to hurry him to Esther’s second banquet.
At this banquet, Esther knew that the time was right to reveal her identity and beg the king for her life and the lives of her people, pointing to Hamaan as the cause of her grief. As Hamaan began to beg Esther for forgiveness he accidentally fell on her causing the King to accuse him of attacking the Queen. Hamaan was immediately taken to be hung. ----------- on the conveniently located gallows that he had built for Mordacai.
Mordacai was honored, receiving Hamaan’s official position and all his property. A proclamation was issued allowing all the Jews to defend themselves and because of Mordacai’s new position, they even received help from non-Jews. So on the day that Hamaan had planned for the annihilation of the Jewish nation, all the enemies of the Jews were destroyed. The people rejoiced.
This victorious day is still celebrated as Purim (referring to Pur) every year on the 14th and 15th days of Adar on the Jewish calendar. (In 2004 - March 7 & 8) An annual feast and celebration is held to honor God for delivering the Jews from their enemies.
Clearly, God had perfect timing in arranging the events of Esther’s life, showing His faithful care of His chosen people.
Mordacai stood by his belief in God even when it looked like it would cause calamity for him and his people. Can you confess your Christian belief in the midst of adversity?
Matthew 10:32 "Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven."
Do you look for God’s hand in all situations?
Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him."
Is there pride in your life that needs to be dealt with?
Proverbs 8:13 "I hate pride and arrogance"
Do you remember and celebrate the blessings you have received by praise and worship with friends and family?
Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
Give thanks to Him and praise His name."
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