Coincidence is Not a Kosher Word

If any chapter in the Bible demonstrates that pride comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18) it is chapter 6 of the book of Esther. We will see here that this is true but God chooses the timing of the tumble.
At the end of chapter 5 we see Haman having a gallows built  so he can gleefully have Mordecai hung on it. As Haman is on the way to arrange that with the King, the King is suffering from a bout of insomnia. In order to combat it and bore himself to sleep he orders the kingdom record brought to be read to him. I’m sure he expected these accounts of daily kingdom life to lull him to sleep. But God has other plans.
The records picked just happened to be of Mordecai’s actions that saved the King from an assassination attempt. That I assume woke the King up! He asked, “what was done for Mordecai to reward him?” The answer was “nothing”. Haman had just entered the outer court in his quest to be rid of Mordecai, what timing!
Haman hasn’t a clue what is about to happen. He was way too much into his plans and purposes to see what was coming. The King says to him “What should be done for the man whom the King delights to honor?” Of course being self centered he assumes that the King wants to honor him. Boy, is he in for a surprise. It seems to be that his answer reveals a whole lot about his ambition. “Bring royal robes that the King has worn, the horse the King has ridden and a royal crown to put on him and have the most noble official come and lead the man through the city streets proclaiming “This shall be done for the man whom the King delights to honor. The King agreed but told him to go and do all of that for Mordecai!
Whoa, Haman’s face must have been a sight to see.
Haman did all he was told and returned home with his head covered in mourning and humiliation to tell his wife and friends what had happened. He knew couldn’t hide such a public event.
His “wise men” and wife said, “Since Mordecai, before whom you have BEGUN to fall is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him. Makes me wonder, where were these “wise men” before all this happened? Maybe they just knew that to counter Haman while he was “flying high” might mean punishment for them. Yes men don’t provide much protection. Just a thought. While they were talking the King sent the court eunuchs to bring him to the banquet Esther had prepared for the King and him. Was there any hope for Haman? The next chapter will soon tell.


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