Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lessons from Esther: Who is in the court?

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. Esther 6:4-9

As we continue from the last time, the king desires to honor Mordecai. Ahasuerus wants to show his appreciation for saving his life. He wonders what to do to honor Mordecai. He asks the servant who is in the court, looking for someone to consult with.

The servant tells Ahasuerus that Haman is waiting outside. The king is greatly relieved; he will be able to ask his “second in command”. He will surely know the proper way to show honor to Mordecai.

Haman is quickly brought before the king. Notice what the king asks, “What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor”. Ahasuerus does not mention the name of the person. He is basically looking for someone to give him ideas.

The prideful Haman mistakenly assumes the king is talking about him. Haman pours out his corrupt heart. “O King this would be the perfect thing to do for the person you wish to honor, bring out the robes that you use to wear, get the best horse that you ride and don’t forget to bring the beautiful royal crown to place on the head of the honoree. Then, O King, once the person is arrayed in “all his glory” have one of the princes walk through the town, leading the horse with the honoree and proclaim, “This is what is done to the man whom the king delights to honor.”

Haman is “beside” himself, he cannot wait to be presented in the streets of the city. He is so sure the king is talking about him.

Join me the next time to find out what happens when Haman realizes who will be honored.

Have a blessed day,

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