Monday 9 June, 2015

Esther 6:14-7:10

14 They were still talking with him when the king’s officials arrived. They hurried Haman away to the big dinner Esther had prepared. 7 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. 2 They were drinking wine on the second day. The king again asked, “What do you want, Queen Esther? I’ll give it to you. What do you want me to do for you? I’ll even give you up to half of my kingdom.” 3 Then Queen Esther answered, “King Xerxes, I hope you will show me your favor. I hope you will be pleased to let me live. That’s what I want. Please spare my people. That’s my appeal to you. 4 “My people and I have been sold to be destroyed. We’ve been sold to be killed and wiped out. Suppose we had only been sold as male and female slaves. Then I wouldn’t have said anything. That kind of suffering wouldn’t be a good enough reason to bother you.” 5 King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is the man who has dared to do such a thing? And where is he?” 6 Esther said, “The man hates us! He’s our enemy! He’s this evil Haman!” Then Haman was terrified in front of the king and queen. 7 The king got up. He was burning with anger. He left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman realized that the king had already decided what he was going to do to him. So he stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life. 8 The king returned from the palace garden to the dinner hall. Just then he saw Haman falling on the couch where Esther was lying. The king shouted, “Will he even rape the queen? Is he going to rape her while she’s right here with me in the palace?” As soon as the king finished speaking, his men covered Haman’s face. 9 Then Harbona said, “There’s a pole standing near Haman’s house. He has gotten it ready for Mordecai. Mordecai is the one who spoke up to help you. Haman had planned to have him put to death. He was going to have the pole stuck through his body. Then he was going to set it up at a place where it would be 75 feet above the ground.” Harbona was one of the officials who attended the king. The king said to his men, “Put Haman to death! Stick the pole through his body! Set it up where everyone can see it!” 10 So they did. And they used the pole Haman had gotten ready for Mordecai. Then the king’s anger calmed down.

How we weave our own traps!  Here we see Haman develop an elaborate trap to kill off the Jews, yet instead of snaring them he snares himself.  I wonder how often the traps I set for others are actually sprung on me.  I should remember the principle of life that God’s Word gives us, we reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7).  How often do I allow my anger to burn brightly and cause me to dream up various plans and schemes that sound fool-proof except for the fool called me.  I need to remember to forgive often, freely and that vengeance is mine – SAYS the LORD – and that for all my schemes and plans it is not for me to take vengeance!!

Father help me to forgive freely and not hold grudges or let the sun go down on my anger.

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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