Last I wrote about the book of Esther, Queen Esther was beginning her plan to try to save Mordecai’s life. In between the banquets to be held for King Xerxes (with Haman in attendance), the king was a bit restless and decided to read about his reign. Within those chronicles, he read about Mordecai exposing a plot that would have ended in Xerxes’ death.
Coincidence? Nope. You see, Mordecai never received recognition or reward for his actions. Xerxes; upon realizing this, will now provide Mordecai with his recognition and reward. The timing couldn’t be better!
When I was reading Esther 6 and got to this point in the chapter, I was reminded of a saying I devised in my 20’s: “Delays are good.” (Well, it was how I kept my impatience from boiling over into a major froth.)
Which is better? Receiving something immediately and it having no purpose, or waiting, maybe not even expecting anything, and having the timing being so perfect, that you receive some kind of favor? I think I would choose favor (even though my terminal impatience would say otherwise.)
Well, Xerxes decides to reward Mordecai for his life-saving efforts. Guess who the only guy/advisor in the court is when Xerxes has this light bulb moment? Haman! He wants Mordecai dead—hung. In fact, he is about to reveal his plan for Mordecai’s death when he is brought before the king.
Now…we get to the moment that plays like something I’ve seen in sit-coms: A guy thinks he’s about to get an award, feels arrogantly confident about his standing in the eyes of others. When the award is announced, he stands up only to realize his biggest competition has won. Well, that is what happens to Haman. When the king asks what he should do “for the man the king delights to honor,” Haman thinks he has “arrived” and will be rewarded. He says, “For the man the king delights to honor, 8 have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. 9 Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’ ”
Then Xerxes tells Haman to go get Mordecai and do just as Haman had just said. HA! I’m sorry, but I love the payback in this.
Instead of being hung from the gallows, Mordecai will be honored in a royal robe and on a horse, both of which were used by the king at some time.
After Haman completed his gut-wrenching duty, he went home to pour out his hurt to his wife and friends.
Their response? You should know better than to plot against someone who is Jewish. They knew from history that anyone that plotted against a Jew saw ruin.
And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
In the next chapter, Haman goes to the second banquet. Hmm….let’s just say he won’t be riding the king’s horse through the streets with someone exclaiming the favor of the king.