mordecai esther

Esther 5

Scripture

1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the entrance of the house. 2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favor in his sight; and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be given thee even to the half of the kingdom. 4 And Esther said, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that it may be done as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared. 6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed. 7 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is: 8 If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do to-morrow as the king hath said.

9 Then went Haman forth that day joyful and glad of heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he stood not up nor moved for him, he was filled with wrath against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself, and went home; and he sent and fetched his friends and Zeresh his wife. 11 And Haman recounted unto them the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king. 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to-morrow also am I invited by her together with the king. 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate. 14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made fifty cubits high, and in the morning speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.

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scripture
11 And Haman recounted unto them the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.
observation
This is so sad. The man has so much, but it's not enough. He has to brag to his friends and family. And still it's not enough, because there's this one guy, Mordecai, who doesn't like him.
application
It's easy to see how corrupt Haman is from a distance. It's a little unnerving though to see how closely his behavior mirrors our own. We're constantly trying to justify how good we are, yet also focusing on what we don't have. Haman definitely went overboard on this behavior and it's eye-opening to see what happens when a few bad thoughts are entertained with nothing to check them. If Haman had focused on God, both his accomplishments and his bitterness toward Mordecai would sort of fall away in their importance.
prayer
I pray I'd not lose sight of God. Knowing my life is a gift will help keep my thoughts steady between highs and lows.
scripture
2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favor in his sight; and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
observation
Esther knew the rules to seek time with the king (her husband) when he didn’t seek her first - could get her head cut off. She prepared in every way and didn’t state her concern. Even though she was invited to. She wanted to bless her King and trusted God would open the door -the King and Hamand- would be her guests.
application
Even when the lives of an entire nation hang in the balance I will remember “It is God’s timing. And honey is sweet.” Today, I am ready to be called by God to walk in extremely difficult situations (to represent the Kingdom of Saints). I am prepared to demonstrate grace and respect to the ine who threatens us. I get the strength to do this as I focus on God and his promises. He loves his people! (Ephesians 2:10 ) God made a way through Christ for me to do good things in the future… good does not mean easy! I matter to God. I am equipped by God with everything I need, today. I choose to show up. I walk in His courage, grace and respect - and create opportunities to bless others. Fear not. God opens doors - where others get killed for touching the scepter. But now - here I am preparing a banquet for the King. Step by step - as each door opens.
prayer
Heavenly Father, I am not worthy to receive you but your son Jesus is my righteousness, grace and mercy. Fill my river this morning so I am prepared to meet the challenges of this day with grace and respect. Amen in Jesus’s Name