by Christina Farris
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
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?
7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,
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:
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.
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.
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.
12 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.
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.
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. How many of us have had a big head at one time or another. God is so great to be able to demonstrate his love for his people and keep them on level ground even when they are standing on the mountain top. Haman is only an example of a man who feared not God or even a king. The king had records brought to him and read to him and the story of Mordecai was told of Bigthanan and Teresh who had sought to kill King Ahasuerus of Persia. Mordecai had uncovered the plot sent word to Esther and she told her husband. No one cared about the story until, it was now read to the king. King decided Mordecai should be honor but was not sure exactly how to so he asked Haman. Haman thought this honor the king spoke of was for himself. It not about himself, but he could think of noone that the king found favor with besides hisself.
The betrayal of our own pompous attitude and our own self righteousness will get us in trouble everytime. Our self righteous does not make us righteous. Our own self righteousness can not deliver us. Our own self righteousness only can bring our own down fall as it did Haman. He sought to hurt Mordecai and even kill him, but falled to do so because Mordecai was a child of God, he sat at the kings gate, his niece Esther was queen, and Mordeccai was in obedience to all but one law and that was not bowing to Haman. Haman had set himself up for a fall. One must read the whole book of Esther to understand this. Mordecai protection has a child of God because he was a child of Abraham by faith, he followed in his ancestory beliefs. This was time period before Christ would come, salvation was for all even before Christ physical appearance. Christ is the word God that became flesh. Mordecai was a protected child of God. He was a believer. Sealed by the Spirit as a child of God. Marked by faith. Same road Christians must come to in faith in Christ Jesus.
What is righteous, but righteous God established through belief and respect for him. Our own righteous is often based on our works, our behavior, or who we think we are, not who God thinks we are. Righteous of God can only come his way. We are justified by faith in Christ Jesus. We are believers by faith. We are made purified by believing in God, his Son and Holy Spirit and turning from out sins. Belief in His Son can stand alone for salvation, but without God there is no Only Begotten Son named Jesus. Without John 3:16 saying "For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever belief in him shalt not perish but have eternal life". Meaning faith is key, but it starts with knowing God sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins, to pay the price for our sins, and he did so through his death and brought us hope through his resurrection.
Haman finds himself having to get Mordecai put him on a horse and ride him through the streets with the king ring on his finger. Haman totally humilitated goes to his family with his head covered totally upset. With that in mind we have to ask how could man not know what Mordecai had done for the king in the past. His anger had been so great perhaps for Mordecai that he had only sought revenge. However while Haman talked to his wife he chamberlain came and got Haman for a feast the Queen had prepared for him and the king. The plot against Haman not yet finished. But continues in the next day lesson.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to understand your righteous is not the righteous of our own making, but the righteous you designed through faith in your Son/your word, and your protection and sealed by promise. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Galatians 3:6-29 KJV