God Deals With Our Enemies

Esther 6:11
“11 So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him,  “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!”

Don’t you just love God style?  He is so in control.  He takes the evil someone has plotted against you and turns it around to benefit you!

Unreasonable Hatred.

As you know, Haman HATED Mordecai because this guy would not bow before him!   Everyday as he passed by where Mordecai sat, He got angrier and angrier.  The more Mordecai sat, angrier he became.  He was so furious, in fact, that he not only wanted to kill Mordecai, but all the Jewish people as well.

(Mordecai sits as Haman walks by.)
Toward that end, he cooked up a little scheme to dispatch of him and his people. He even had a gallows built from which he planned to hang him.
Typologies.

Haman in this story is a depiction of the devil.  The devil hates Israel and he hates the Church.  Do you know what he hates the most?   When you are doing what Mordecai did:  Sitting.  He hates it when you are seated, resting in Jesus’ finished work.  He wants you to be worried and stressed.  He wants you to feel condemned.

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God Gives The King A Sleepless Night.

The night before Haman was going to go to the king and request to hang Mordecai on the 50′ gallows he had constructed, the king could not sleep.

For some reason, he asked for the Book of Chronicles to be brought to him.  Kinda strange reading material, isn’t it?  Well, wouldn’t you know, it just so “happened” that his attendant “happened” to open the book up right to the page that told of Mordecai’s great deed in bringing to justice two of the king’s eunuchs who had plotted to assassinate the King.  He brought the information about these two to the attention of his cousin, Queen Esther.  The plot was foiled, the two wicked servants executed and the King was saved!

Haman’s Happenstance.

Upon finding out that nothing had been done to reward Mordecai, he asked his attendant if anyone was in the courtyard at that hour.  It just so “happened” that our infamous friend, Haman, just “happened” to be there very early that morning to ask for permission to hang Mordecai on his gallows.

The King had him brought in and asked Haman, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?”

(I love this part!)

Haman’s Recommendation.

Esther 6:6-9
“6 Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” 7 And Haman answered the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, 8 let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head. 9 Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him:  ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’”

Mordecai’s Reward.

Then the King said:
“10 Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.”
LOL!  Wouldn’t you love to have seen the look on his face!?  He had to go and shower all those upon the very one he HATED MOST!  I LOVE IT!

(Haman forced to publicly honor Mordecai.)

Esther 6:12-13
“12 Afterward Mordecai went back to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. 13 When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him.”

It was the beginning of the end for Haman.

In The Presence Of My Enemies. 

Church, that’s how God deals with our enemies!  Whatever your particular “Haman” is, you have One to whom you can turn for your need:  JESUS!  He prepares a banquet table of feasting in our honor IN THEIR PRESENCE as Psalm 23 declares.  But God goes even further than that.
This story perfectly portrays what He tells us in Psalm 91:

 ““Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.”

Psalms 91:14-15

HALLELUIA!  I LOVE IT!

That, Church, is how God deals with our enemies!

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