SUMMARY OF THE STORY (ESTHER CHAPTER 1 TO 5)
Before this time, the Jews were taken captives in the time of Nebuchadnezzar, Mordecai (a Jew) came to captivity with Esther. Queen Vashti disobeyed the ruling King Ahasuerus and she was replaced with Esther.
Mordecai sits at the Kings Gate day and night to keep watch on Esther. Two of the Kings eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh sought to lay hands on the King. Mordecai knew their plots, He informed Esther, who told the king in Mordecai's name. It was confirmed and the conspirators were hanged on gallows. The event was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the King.
In the course of time Haman (one of King Ahasuerus' Men) was promoted but Mordecai refuse to bow to him. Haman got angry and he sought not to kill Mordecai but the entire Jews. Hence they needed a saviour.
Esther has just been made Queen, she's not allowed to go into the King's court except she is summoned. If she breaks this rule, the penalty is death except the King raise His golden scepter towards her.
Mordecai wrote to Esther, that she's the only one who can convince the king to nullify the plot of Haman towards the Jews. But she can't just enter the King's court without invitation. This is her reply to Mordecai;
Esther 4:15-17 NKJV
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.
Esther went to the court to meet the King and she found favour in the sight of the King. Then she invited the King and Haman to a banquet.
Haman went out joyfully a day before the banquet, he met Mordecai at the King's gate, as usual, Mordecai did not bow to him, he went home and told his wife. Zeresh, the wife of Haman and his friends suggested to the Haman to make a gallow 50cubits high to hang Mordecai on it.
Esther 6:1-14 NKJV
1 That night (the night before the Banquet) the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the 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 eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.
3 Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”
4 So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.
5 The king’s servants said to him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.”
6 So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?”
7 And Haman answered the king, “ For the man whom the king delights to honor,
8 let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head.
9 Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’ ”
10 Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.”
11 So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!”
12 Afterward Mordecai went back to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered.
13 When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him.”
14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs came, and hastened to bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.
THE MESSAGE FROM THIS STORY.
None of the good deeds, which you have done in the past is forgotten. All is written before God. In the appointed time (God's perfect time) you shall be rewarded.
Imagine the shame that followed the plans of Haman against Mordecai, He was just in the kings court to get a "go ahead" from the king, to hang Mordecai on the gallows he made a day before Mordecai was honoured. And it turned out that it was him that the king used to honour Mordecai.
Whenever you do good, if you do not get immediate reward for your good deed, do not feel bad, do not be disappointed, just have it at the back of your mind that your good deed has been recorded by the King of kings and the Lord of Lords. In the appointed time (the perfect time) you shall be rewarded.
Our kind and Everlasting Father we pray this day that;
- You will remember all our good deeds and bless us in due time
- You will put all our enemies to shame before us
- Every plans of the enemies against us will be turned around to our favour.
- You will use our enemies to glorify us
- just as the King had sleepless night, make the people that will bless us sleepless and restless until the remember us and bless us.
Thank you our Heavenly Father because you have heard our prayers, In JESUS NAME we pray.