Esther 5-6 — The God who controls chance

Haman threw his lot to determine the day that he would destroy the Jews.  Then God threw his own lot into the picture.

After Haman returned from his banquet with Xerxes and the queen, he was on top of the world.  He must’ve been thinking of how important he was to be the only other person invited to Esther’s banquet besides the king.  Not only that, she seemed to have a request to make, and she so recognized Haman’s importance, she wanted his help too.

But as he was returning home, he once again passed by Mordecai, and he saw that Mordecai, despite Haman’s plan to execute the Jews, still didn’t show him any honor, nor did he show any fear.

And so upon the advice of his family and friends, he decided to go before Xerxes the next morning to ask permission to hang Mordecai.

But that night, by chance, Xerxes couldn’t sleep.  And so, by chance, he happened to ask that the record of his reign be read to him.  As it was being read, Xerxes was reminded of how Mordecai had saved his life by uncovering the plot to kill him.  But he noticed something missing in the record, namely that no reward had been given to Mordecai.  So he asked if any of his advisers were nearby, and by chance, Haman happened to have just arrived to make his request to hang Mordecai.

Xerxes asked Haman what should be done for the man that he wanted to honor, and Haman in his pride assumed that Xerxes was referring to him.  And so he thought of the grandest thing he could think of, only to find out too late that it was Mordecai that Xerxes was thinking of.

And so Haman was humiliated that day as he had to parade Mordecai around the city shouting, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

What can we learn from this?  There certainly were a lot of coincidences in this story.  Or were they?  I prefer to call them Godincidences.  God stepping into time and space and intervening in his creation to achieve his purposes.  Keeping Xerxes awake at night.  Putting the idea of going over the Persian chronicles.  And finally bringing Haman in at just the right time, not only to preserve Mordecai’s life, but to humble Haman.

God intervened in Esther’s time, and he still does it today.  With God, nothing is left to chance.

I thank you Lord that you are in control.  That with you, nothing is left to chance.  Lord, as I walk with you, please feel free to step into my life as well that you may achieve your purposes in me.  Use me for your will and your glory.  In Jesus name, amen.

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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