Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen
1 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. 2 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.
3 “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.
“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.
4 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.
5 His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.”
“Bring him in,” the king ordered.
6 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?” 7 So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, 8 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. 9 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.
Talk about a bad day for Haman! Xerxes can't sleep, (don't you hate it when God gets involved,) so he asks for someone to read the court records to him. That would put anyone under! It was revealed how Mordecai have foiled the assassination plot and saved the king, (this was Mordecai's hole card.) Xerxes wanted to reward Mordecai.
Here is where the irony starts to take place. The king wants wise council, and who shows up but Haman. Xerxes asks what should be done to someone who has earned the king's favor. Haman thinks the king is talking about Haman, (of course,) so he tells him to really do it right. Xerxes agrees, and then commands Haman to go do this to Mordecai, and don't hold back.
After this humiliation, (you know he forgot to get the okay to kill Mordecai with all this favor going on,) Haman goes home to get ready for Esther's dinner party. (Can this day get any worse-Yes it can!) His friends, the same ones who told him yesterday to execute Mordecai, said that he was toast.
1. How did Haman feel when the king asked him what should be done to someone who has earned favor?
2. How did he feel when he found out who had earned the favor?
3. Would you have gone to the dinner party?, or found an excuse to....RUN!!!
Prayer- Lord, we understand that You work in mysterious ways, we just don't know when. Open our eyes to the miracles you do daily. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.