Honor Received Where Deserved

Mordecai Honored

That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

“What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.

“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.

The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him.

His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.”

“Bring him in,” the king ordered.

When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”

Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, 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. 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!’”

10 “Go at once,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.”

11 So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, 13 and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.

His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!” 14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Today’s reading was short, but it has a lot in it. What stood out to you? Why?

I don’t know about you, but I cannot help but love what happens in this chapter.

First let’s look at verses 2-3. Remember a few chapters back, we learned that Mordecai had saved the king when there was a plot out to kill him and we see him finally recognize what happened. Like we talked about last week, there are no coincidences and that applies here too. Our application says “This seem coincidental, but God is always at work God has been working quietly and patiently throughout your life as well.”

Now, 7-11 is filled with so much of what Haman desire’s but also how those desires and his hard heart worked against him. “Don’t let your desire for approval, applause and popularity drive you to immoral actions.” That’s exactly where Haman is at. This allows us to see what he believes he deserves, but in reality he now had to do these things for someone he literally hated.

It ends with him going back to his family just in shock about what happened. In fact it said he was grieving! But, before they could give any “advice” to him again, he was rushed off for the banquet Esther had prepared. Tomorrow we will get to see what goes down there!

I think verses 7-11 are a key to focus on today. We talk about this often, but in a world that screams we need it’s approval, applause and popularity, it is hard to actually keep focused on the fact that this doesn’t matter. How has this run your life in the past or possibly how is it a current struggle for you?

Lord, thank you for this message in Esther today. Thank you for continuing to show us that the way of the world isn’t the way to you. Help us to not work for these things, but even more than that, help us to stay in line with you and not press to make bad decisions in order to receive acceptance of the world. Thank you for your word, that we can learn so much from it each and every day. In Jesus Name, AMEN!

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