by Beverly Barnett

Saturday, May 4

Mordecai’s Past Faithfulness Saves Him

Esther 6; 7

“And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,” Esther 6:7.

Today we must start at the beginning of this chapter and remember that Mordecai had overheard a plot to kill the king, reported it to Esther to tell the king, and she in turn gave Mordecai the credit for foiling the plot. Busy kings often forget to reward the good deeds that some do, but the evil deeds are quickly punished.

Nevertheless, one night the king could not sleep. He called for the royal chronicles to be brought and read. In the reading, he found that Mordecai had never been rewarded for reporting the dangerous plot of Bigthan and Teresh. The king’s trusted prime minister Haman, waited in the courtyard for the opportunity to speak to the king about another matter—the matter of hanging Mordecai.

The king asked for Haman’s opinion on what to do to reward a person for his great deeds of service to the kingdom. Haman assumed the king wanted to reward him, so he proceeded to give in great detail how such a person should be honored. The only problem was that the king was speaking of rewarding Mordecai, Haman’s enemy, not Haman.

REFLECTION: “For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out” (Proverbs 24:20).