The Two Laws

On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her.

And the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

Then Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews. When the king held out the golden scepter to Esther, Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?” Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows, because he intended to lay hands on the Jews. But you may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king’s ring, for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s ring cannot be revoked.” Esther 8:1-8.

We see here a very important picture of a spiritual reality: the law that brings death cannot be revoked. A new law has to be written that helps you overcome the law. And it is a law that must have the king’s seal of approval.

Back in the beginning, God said that the penalty of sin was death. When Christ came and took our punishment, it did not erase the law that brought the punishment. That law is still in effect. But the law of the spirit of life that is in Christ has made us free of the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

When you get on a commercial airliner, you are preparing to overcome the law of gravity. You will be taking advantage of other laws to do so. Gravity has not been repealed.

Comeuppance


So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, “What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request. For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have been silent, for our affliction is not to be compared with the loss to the king.” Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?” And Esther said, “A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen. Esther 7:1-6.

I am quite impressed at Esther’s patience, and her willingness to let this unfold in God’s time. She could have come groveling the first day, but she set up not one but two feasts to wait until the king was most willing to hear her. After all, the king had promoted Haman for a reason. He must have been impressed with him for some reason. And he needed to be reminded of Mordecai’s good deed, which God did in a dream.

Although God was not mentioned, God was at work. He had plans for his people, so deliverance was going to come from somewhere, as Mordecai said. It was Esther’s opportunity to play a part. And it was an opportunity for the Jews to fast and cry out to be delivered. It is an honor to belong to Him, even during the worst of times.

Haman’s Very Bad Day

On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king’s young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” And the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. And the king’s young men told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.” So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set. And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’” Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.” So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and led him through the square of the city, proclaiming before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.”

Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. And Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him.” Esther 6:1-13.

The king had not honored the man who exposed the plot to kill him. Well, this is a case where justice denied was justice delivered for maximum effect. Mordecai has been chosen for great honor just as his enemy is seeking his death sentence. And that enemy, Haman, is going to be the instrument of giving honor to Mordecai. After that, even Haman’s family predicts his demise. And they are the ones who told him to build a gallows for Mordecai!

Let it suffice to say that not every plot against the righteous is thwarted in the world, and turned to hilarious victory. For most of those who suffer for Christ’s sake, great honor exists on the other side of the grave. Let us all be faithful and deserving of that honor.

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Revelation 3:21 NKJV