Esther 6 Commentary

Esther 6 Commentary

Heaven should have a sense of humor! One preacher jokingly remarked how Haman’s noisy works on his 23-meter tower kept the king awake all night. The call was so urgent that the contractors worked overnight to ensure the tower was ready by morning. The tower was meant for Mordecai’s head. In fact, that explains Haman’s presence at the palace. He must speak to the king about impaling Mordecai.

The height of the tower is meant to set an example for everyone who dares disrespect the mighty Haman. Today and now he must carry with him Mordecai and make his death a public show of Haman’s power. Of course, Haman does walk out with Mordecai but not as planned. By the order of the king, Haman must carry Mordecai on the king’s horse. Mordecai is to be royally dressed and crowned, and publically proclaimed as the man the king wishes to honor. Ironically, it’s Haman who must do it.

It is easy to remember this text: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” But there is more. “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Every good work is recorded. A time comes when the records are read before the King of kings.

Two stories are running in parallel. As Haman’s tower is going up, the records are being read at the palace. The subject of Haman’s tower is Mordecai. He must be impaled on the tall tower. The subject of the records at the palace is Mordecai. He must be honored. The lesson here is simple: if a man is honored by the LORD, everything else becomes unimportant.

Poor Mordecai is unaware of the two stories in the background. The saint often is unaware of the happenings behind the scenes. But the saint should know. The LORD is all at work, reviewing the records and plotting an all-important welcome party for the believers. We can jokingly refer to the sinner’s lack of sleep because of the noise generated by angels working on the saint’s mansion in heaven. It shall end well for the saint.

This chapter is drawing our attention to the other story in heaven which is more important than the earthly story.

The Book hasn’t ended yet. There is another banquet by Esther to enjoy and importantly, a request to hear. So Haman is off to another state engagement – a banquet.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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