The Hand Of God At Work

Esther 6:1-3—On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

The queen took the chance and entered to speak to the king. He extended his scepter, which meant she could have an audience and not die. Instead of telling all, she asked the king and Haman to a banquet. As Haman left he saw Mordecai in sackcloth, still refusing to bow to him. Haman asked his relatives what to do, and they suggest a building a gallows and asking for the king’s permission to hang Mordecai on it. The hand of providence intervened that night in the form of insomnia. Nothing is so boring as the official records, so the King decided to read those. He came across the record of Mordecai uncovering a plot on the King’s life. What a coincidence! Haman was in the courtyard waiting for the King to get up. The King called him in and asked for suggestions as to what to do for the man the king honors. Haman thought he was the one about whom the king was speaking, so he suggested an elaborate procession with the highest official leading it. Haman ended up leading Mordecai through the streets. The Jews knew now that the God of Israel was working for Mordecai and that Haman was ruined. The next day Haman was brought to the banquet and his plans were exposed. The King was very upset, but when the King returned and saw him on the queen’s couch pleading for his life, he was furious and had Haman hung on the gallows Haman intended for Mordecai. Since the former edict to attack the Jews couldn’t be rescinded, the King issued a new edict saying the Jews could defend themselves. The day they were to be attacked, they attacked their enemies. Because Mordacai was now the highest official, many of the leaders sided with the Jews. In this way, the holiday of Purim was established. Did Mordacai then have anyone criticizing his decision to have Esther become queen? Can anyone doubt the hand of God through it all, preserving His people and bringing His will to pass?

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