Vs. 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.” Coincidence? I think not! God’s hand was at play as Xerxes tossed and turned that night and I’m sure his curiosity towards Esther’s intent was looming. God was working on behalf of His children yet at the time, they were not privy of this. The drama unfolds as Haman wakes up early to request the death of Mordecai to the king (vs. 4). A shocking twist unfolds before Haman’s eyes as he surely thought that the King was referring to him (vs. 6). Haman must have nearly fainted when he heard Xerxes mention the name of Mordecai. If this setting were a movie at the theatre, the audience would have a rousing applause! It must have been a humliating experience for Haman as he had to profess pubicliy the honor of Moredcai (Vs. 11).
Regarding application…Justice is Served. Vs. 13b, “…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!” We’ve all heard the saying, “What comes around goes around.” Haman was an evil man and God would bring justice to this situation. Justice may not always come in the manner or timing that we would like, but God wins everytime! Sometimes in my human perspective, I want to administer justice to those who have wronged others. Perhaps that is why I want to be a police officer. But, even then…we must be careful to not go outside of the the will of God. Esther or Mordecai could have tried to have Haman assasinated, but instead…attempted diplomacy and faith. It’s not an easy life we live on this earth, but let us remember that God is on our side!