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God turns the tables!

Scripture reading for May 16th: Esther 5-7

“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” Proverbs 26:27

“An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.” Proverbs 29:6

We must be careful when we plot revenge.  All judgment and vengeance is the Lord’s.  (Romans 12:19)  The Lord has a way of turning the tables on those who seek revenge.  He has ways of protecting those who are innocent and holding the guilty for punishment.

Haman was thrilled with his position and his influence!  He boasted to his wife and friends of his good fortune and how he was the only one invited to meet with Queen Esther for a banquet.  (Nehemiah 6:1-12)  He was happy, except for one fly in the ointment: Mordecai the Jew would not show him honor by bowing before him!  He complained to his wife and friends who proposed a plan to hang Mordecai on a gallows 75 feet high!  He had the gallows built and was ready for the next day.

But God was moving silently behind the scenes.  The king could not sleep, so he had the chronicles of his reign read to him.  He heard the story of the plot to assassinate him–a plot Mordecai had exposed thus saving his life.  He asked what had been done for this man and found out it had been overlooked.  He asked who might be in the court to honor Mordecai, and providentially, Haman had just walked in with his plans in place.  The king asked him what he would do to honor someone special to the king.  Haman thought he himself was to be honored,  so he proposed a grand public honor and was shocked when the king told him to honor Mordecai!

The story ends tragically for Haman as he was hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai!  This is exactly what will happen for all of His people who serve Him faithfully.  It looks like death has the final answer, but not at the final judgment!  Check your heart today and come clean of any thoughts or plans for revenge.  Forgive and turn the table back toward God’s mercy before He turns the tables on you!

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Revenge has a recoil!

Scripture reading for May 16: Esther 5-7

“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” Proverbs 26:27

“An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.” Proverbs 29:6

We must be careful when we plot revenge.  All judgment and vengeance is the Lord’s.  (Romans 12:19)  The Lord has a way of turning the tables on those who seek revenge and plot evil.  He has ways of protecting those who are innocent and especially those who are serving Him.

Haman was thrilled with his position and his influence!  He boasted to his wife and friends of his good fortune and how he was the only one invited to meet with Queen Esther for a banquet.  (Nehemiah 6:1-12)  There was just one fly in the ointment: Mordecai the Jew would not show him honor by bowing before him!  He complained to his wife and friends who proposed a plan to hang Mordecai on a gallows 75 feet high!  This would have been high enough to display the execution above the walls of the city!  He had the gallows built and was ready for the next day.

But God was moving silently behind the scenes.  The king could not sleep, so he had the chronicles of his reign read to him.  He heard the story of the plot to assassinate him–a plot Mordecai had exposed thus saving his life.  He asked what had been done for this man and found out it had been overlooked.  He asked who might be in the court to honor Mordecai, and providentially, Haman had just walked in!  The king asked him what he would do to honor someone special to the king.  Haman thought of himself and proposed a grand public honor.  He was suddenly embarrassed when he found out it was Mordecai, the man he was planning to hang!

The end of the story finds Haman hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai!  This is what will happen for all of His people who serve Him faithfully.  It can appear as if the wicked got by with their schemes, but not at the final judgment!  Check your heart today and come clean of any thoughts or plans for revenge.  Forgive and turn the table back toward God’s mercy before He turns the tables on you!

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Roll a Stone!

Scripture reading for May 17th: Esther 5-7

“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” (Proverbs 26:27)   One of the spiritual laws of God is that a person will “reap what they sow”.  (Galatians 6:7)  God has so designed the world that our actions have consequences.  Consequences sometimes appear to the uneducated as “bad luck” or “unfortunate coincidences”.  In today’s reading, Haman plots to hang Mordecai the Jew in a very public execution,  but has some “bad luck!”

The Jews had fasted three days for Queen Esther’s favor as she approached the King.  On the third day, she went and stood at his door.  He invited her to come and she received favor from him.  (Esther 5:1-4)  She invited the King and Haman to a banquet that she had prepared.  The first day she did not make a request but invited them back the next day.  As they left the first banquet, Mordecai refused to bow to Haman or show him any deference.  This infuriated Haman who went home sulking.  His wife and advisers suggested building a gallows and asking the King to allow him to hang Mordecai on it.  The idea pleased Haman and the plan was put into action.

That night, the King could not sleep.  He had royal records brought and read to him.  The record of Mordecai exposing the assassination plot was read and the King asked if Mordecai had been honored.  Because nothing had been done, the King was moved to do something for this man who had saved his life.   As Haman was entering the gate to have Mordecai hanged, the King asked to see Haman, intending to have him help in honoring Mordecai.  Haman knew he was in trouble!  (Esther 6:12-14)

Haman was then taken to the second banquet and there Queen Esther exposed his plot to exterminate the Jews.  The king was furious and had Haman hanged on the gallows that he had built!  (Esther 7:6-10)  What “bad luck” for Haman!  He was in the wrong place at the wrong time!

God is not mocked.  What a man sows, he will reap.  Mordecai had sowed good will towards the King and honored his God.  He reaped blessing, protection and promotion.  Haman sowed pride, arrogance, and murder.  He lost his life on an instrument of death that he himself had built!  Be careful what you sow!

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God turns the tables!

Scripture reading for May 16: Esther 5-7

“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” Proverbs 26:27

“An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.” Proverbs 29:6

We must be careful when we plot revenge.  All judgment and vengeance is the Lord’s.  (Romans 12:19)  The Lord has a way of turning the tables on those who seek revenge and plot evil.  He has ways of protecting those who are innocent and especially those who are serving Him.  In today’s reading from Esther, we find God turning the tables on Haman as he plots to destroy the Jews and hang an innocent man.

Haman was thrilled with his position and his influence!  He boasted to his wife and friends of his good fortune and how he was the only one invited to meet with Queen Esther for a banquet.  (Nehemiah 6:1-12)  He was happy, except for one fly in the ointment: Mordecai the Jew would not show him honor by bowing before him!  He complained to his wife and friends who proposed a plan to hang Mordecai on a gallows 75 feet high!  This would have been high enough to display the execution above the walls of the city!  He had the gallows built and was ready for the next day.

God was moving silently behind the scenes.  The king could not sleep, so he had the chronicles of his reign read to him.  He heard the story of the plot to assassinate him–a plot Mordecai had exposed thus saving his life.  He asked what had been done for this man and found out it had been overlooked.  He asked who might be in the court to honor Mordecai, and providentially, Haman had just walked in with his plans in place.  The king asked him what he would do to honor someone special to the king.  Haman thought he himself was to be honored,  so he proposed a grand public honor and was shocked when the king told him to honor Mordecai!  How ironic that God turned the tables so deftly and quickly!

The end of the story finds Haman hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai after being exposed as the one seeking to kill off all Jews, including the Queen!  God worked His plan out for good and turned the tables!  This is exactly what will happen for all of His people who serve Him faithfully.  It looks like death has the final answer, but not with God!  It looks as if the wicked get by with their schemes, but not at the final judgment!  Check your heart today and come clean of any thoughts or plans for revenge.  Forgive and turn the table back toward God’s mercy before He turns the tables on you!

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