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FRAMEWORKS: Esther 6: Mordecai is Honored

 

v.1-3 The King Sleeps badly and checks the records

v.4-6 The King asks Haman's Advice

v.7-10 Haman gives Advice on a Misunderstanding

v.11-14 Haman has to Publicly Honour Mordecai

 

 

v.1-3 The King Sleeps badly and checks the records

 

v.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. 

v.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. 

v.3 “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked. “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered. 

 

[Notes: There is no mention that God is behind v.1 but it does seem beyond coincidence that the king can't sleep and the subsequent events occur. Coincidence 1 – he can't sleep; coincidence 2 – he decides to read the court records; coincidence 3 – he reads about the time when Mordecai revealed a plot to kill him. These things are likely to be what theologians call Providence, the hidden hand of God at work.]

 

 

v.4-6 The King asks Haman's Advice

 

v.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. 

v.5 His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.” “Bring him in,” the king ordered. 

v.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?” 

 

[Notes: The ironical events that follow have a strong element of humour behind them. Haman comes to talk to the king about killing Mordecai, while the king is thinking of honouring Mordecai. When the king asks his advice he thinks the king must be referring to himself.]

 

 

v.7-10 Haman gives Advice on a Misunderstanding

 

v.7 So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, 

v.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. 

v.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!' ” 

v.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.” 

 

[Notes: Thus Haman speaks glowingly about honouring such a person and suddenly finds the king commanding him to do all this for Mordecai!]

 

 

v.11-14 Haman has to Publicly Honour Mordecai

 

v.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!” 

v.12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the king's gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, 

v.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!” 

v.14 While they were still talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

 

[Notes: The outcome is that Haman has to publicly honour Mordecai and when he rushes home afterwards, the others spell out his doom. He has no time to make other plans than he is required to attend Esther's banquet.]

  

    

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