April 14th, 2008
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass…For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, shall inherit the earth. Psalm 37; 5-7, 9, NKJV
Holy God, we bow in submission before You. Please speak to our hearts through Your Word, for Christ’s sake; Amen
Today, we will look into the plot that was designed against Mordecai and his people. We will also see how the Lord will bring His plan to pass.
Nine o’clock p.m.; ten o’clock p.m., eleven o’clock p.m., midnight; one a.m.; two a.m.; three a.m….The king could not fall sleep. He had done the same things he did every night. I am not sure what his custom was, but I am going to guess. He had a warm bath, was massaged with nice smelling, soothing, oils. He was served a warm relaxing, cup of tea. Soothing candles were lit, as the brighter lights were lowered. The windows were opened and the pleasant evening breeze blew against the curtains turning them into instant fans. All was quiet, and comfortable. So why wasn’t the king asleep? The answer is really quite simple: There was something that God wanted to bring to his attention. Finally, the king clapped his hands, and as his personal attendant came and bowed before him, he asked that the book of the records be brought to him, and read.
When it was read, he was reminded of Mordecai’s loyalty in notifying him of the two eunuch guards who had planned his assassination. His question was, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this (Esther 6: 3)? God had held this information in reserve for this particular time. Nothing had been done to honor him. God was about to make a statement. Haman, who had come to request of the king that Mordecai be hung, was given the task of dressing him in the king’s royal apparel and riding him through the streets while proclaiming him as “the man whom the king wishes to honor.” The honors he had hoped for himself were given to the one whom he desired to destroy. That evening, after going through this most demeaning ritualistic torture, he was invited to attend a second banquet with the king and the queen at the royal palace.
It was at this second banquet that queen Esther revealed to the king the evil intentions of Haman toward her and her people. When it was revealed to the king that Haman had built a gallows on which to to hang Mordecai, the king commanded that they hang Haman on the same gallows. Because the orders of the Medes and Persians that were issued for the destruction of the Jews could not be revoked, counter-orders were given to the Jews to defend themselves in all the provinces of the kingdom, wherever they were under attack. Where the voice of mourning and sadness was once heard, now was heard the sound of shouting and rejoicing! God had “turned the captivity of His people!”
Haman and his entire family were destroyed, and Mordecai and his people were delivered. “For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, shall inherit the earth.” God’s promises did not fail then, and they will not fail now. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Blessings!
Note: The book of Esther is the only book in the Bible where the name of God is not mentioned. Nevertheless, His mighty power is revealed throughout the narrative!