Tuesday, April 17, 2012

God Can Swing A Big Door On Small Hinges

I love the story of Esther in the bible.  Here's a young girl, a 'nobody special' kind of gal, born on the 'not so popular side of the tracks' in her time.  She was content to be unnoticed and happy to just live a 'normal as possible' life.  However, her uncle Mordecai saw an opportunity when the King divorced his queen for disrespecting him, having her beheaded.  The opportunity that Mordecai saw was that the King was searching for a new wife, and would choose candidates for consideration through a 'beauty contest'.  (Wow, wouldn't you love to have such a thoughtful uncle!)  Anyway, Mordecai convinces Esther to enter this contest and sure enough, she finds favor with the King.  He is so wowed by her, that he picks her to be his queen!
All is lovely in the palace until the King's evil assistant, Haman, gets tiffed because Mordecai won't bow to him.  He persuades the King to sign a decree that all of Mordecai's people would be eradicated from their land by the sword.  When Mordecai receives this news, he gets a message to Esther.  She knows that if she approaches the King without being invited by him, even to plead for her life, she could meet the same demise as the former queen.  Mordecai reminds her that if all the Jews are slain, she will not be spared, and how did they not know that she had come into the King's palace for such a time as this.  Esther calls on her people to fast and pray, as she does the same.  She prepares a lovely banquet for the King and invites Haman, too.  Haman is so full of himself that he boasts to his family of his high favor in the palace to be invited to such a banquet. 
Before the banquet, the King's attention is brought to an incident when Mordecai had risked his life to protect him.  He calls in Haman and asked his opinion of what should be done for a fellow who would risk so much for the King.  Silly Haman thinks the King is speaking of him, so he suggests that the King should put his very own robe upon this man's shoulders and his ring upon his hand.  Then the King should select one of his most favored servants to parade this man all throughout the Kingdom declaring, "The is the man that the King wishes to honor!"  The King liked Haman's suggestion and commands him to go and get Mordecai and see that all these things are done, he being the favored servant to parade Mordecai throughout the Kingdom.  This caused Haman to hate Mordecai even more.  Haman had a gallows constructed strictly for Mordecai.  He hated him so much that he couldn't wait to kill the Jew who wouldn't bow to him and caused him so much humiliation parading him throughout the Kingdom declaring "this is the man the King desires to honor".  
At the banquet, Esther tells the King that someone has tricked him into signing a decree that would not only kill her people, but her as well.  The King is furious!  He has never questioned her ethic origin, and loves her so much that he doesn't care.  He demands to know who this villain is that would do such a thing!  Esther points to Haman and says, "He is the one!"  The King commands Haman to be hung on the very gallows he had prepared for Mordecai and he writes another decree that the Jews will be able to defend themselves against anyone who tried to harm them.    

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