Esther 6 – GOD IN CONTROL
ESTHER SERIES #4
There are times when things seem very out of control. Everything appears to be going wrong! And yet, in war, in peace, in bad times, in good times, in sickness, and in health, God is still on the throne, and Jesus Christ is still Lord!
The Book of Esther, which never mentions God by name, is a great example of God’s control in a bad situation. Wicked Haman was trying to eliminate the Jews, Mordecai in particular. Queen Esther and Mordecai were working against Haman’s wicked decree to have all Jews killed (Esther 3). Part of Esther’s plan to expose Haman before the king was a series of two banquets for just the king and Haman. Haman, however decided that it was time to have Mordecai hung from the gallows (Esther 5). In Esther 6 we see God in Control, in spite of Haman’s terrible plan.
THE RIGHT TOUCH, Vss.. 1-3
God touches the King so he can’t sleep. He has his chronicles read before him. God touches the reading of the chronicles so that Mordecai’s previous good deed of saving the king’s life is read. The king discovers that no reward had been given Mordecai.
THE RIGHT TIMING, Vss. 4-6
Haman arrived early to the court to see the king about hanging Mordecai that very day. The king asks who is in the court, and summons Haman to ask him how to honor someone in a special way. Haman thinks the king wants to honor Haman..
THE RIGHT TESTIMONY, Vss. 7-11
Haman suggests a public display of honor, including wearing the king’s clothes, riding the king’s horse, and having one of the king’s noblest princes lead the person through the city with words of praise.
The king liked what he heard and told Haman to do it for Mordecai.
This display would help Mordecai’s position when he later became prime minister, and worked to save the Jews.
THE RIGHT THOUGHTS, Vss. 12-14
Haman was warned by family and friends that he was in big trouble.
They were correct. God was in control!