Est 6:1 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.
On that night following the feast of wine, the king could not sleep. God works in mysterious ways. When we cannot sleep, perhaps it is God wishing to speak to us?
Est 6:2 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.
Mordecai's good deed to protect the king was made known to the king. Every good deed will be rewarded in time, and every evil shall be brought to light.
Mat 10:41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
Mat 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Will Mordecai receive a king's reward for saving the life of the king?
Est 6:3 And the king said, What honour 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.
If we do something in secret, God the king will know of it.
Mat 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Mat 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Sometimes the most loyal workers do so in secret.
Est 6:4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.
Wow, talk about timing.
Est 6:5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
Est 6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?
(1) : incongruity( inconsistant with itself) between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result; (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity; b : incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play -- called also dramatic irony, tragic irony (Webster)Haman, thinking of himself is quick to answer.
Est 6:7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,
Est 6:8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:
Est 6:9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
Haman wanted the King's glory; to be dressed up as the king, being glorified as if he were the king. This is as satan who desired the glory of God our king.
Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Never seek to be glorified. Let another honour you.
Est 6:10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.
This was totally unexpected. Haman wanted to discuss the hanging of Mordecai, but by his own decree and foolish self deception, that which he wanted for himself would go to his enemy. We are to look upon the good of others, not always seeking for our self. Insecure people desire power and would even kill to achieve it, if not in flesh, then by words spoken.
Est 6:11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
What a show. Do you think Haman put his heart into this?
Est 6:12 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.
Instead of Mordecai in sackcloth and ashes, it is proud Haman mourning with his head covered. How soon things are turned upside down.
Psa 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
Psa 7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
Psa 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
Psa 7:12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
Psa 7:13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
Psa 7:14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
Psa 7:15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
Psa 7:16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
Haman runs to his comforters.
Est 6:13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.
Well now, they were all for him building a gallows for Mordecai, now they speak against Haman. Evil friends are swift to get you into mischief, but when caught, they blame you. This is the way of the devil, to tempt and then to accuse.
Est 6:14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.
It is feast time. Esther has prepared the second feast. Haman has already fallen into shame. Will he enjoy this second banquet?
Prov 23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
Prov 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
Prov 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
Esther has baited the trap and Haman the mouse enters the room. Selfish pride and anger had brought Haman down. God is not mocked, we must answer to him for our ways.
Prov 1:10 My son, if sinners e ntice thee, consent thou not.
Prov 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
Prov 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Prov 1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
Prov 1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
Prov 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
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