My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Sunday, January 22, 2006

Esther 6

God's sweet ironic timing

Summary:
One night the king could not sleep, and so he had the Empire's history book read to him, and the part where Mordecai stopped a conspiracy was read out to him. The king asked what honour he received for this, and he was told that Mordecai was not honoured. The king asked who was in the king's courtroom.

Now, at that moment Haman had come in to ask for Mordecai to be killed. The king summoned him and asked him how a man should be honoured properly. Haman thought that he was about to be honoured, so he described a glorious triumph through the city for that person.

So the king asked Haman to organise that triumph for Mordecai. Oh the irony.

So Haman had no choice. He had to do it. He was gutted, and talked to his friends, but he had to go off to Esther's banquet.

Key verse:
13. Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!

My thoughts:
Ah, I love this. The timing is amazing. I reckon God loves a good story too.

I'm also not surprised that the king used a history book to send him to sleep.

Looking at the key verse, it seems like it would be so easy just to pop a phrase in there mentioning God, but the author chooses not to. I don't know why. Perhaps what is unsaid adds to the narrative.

2 Comments:

Blogger Huggies said...

Of course God enjoys a good love story...he created girls remember?

:)

Yay, you're doing Esther. I like this book. Except for the ending when lotsa people die. But it's mostly good. Hehe, yes I'm rating the bible. It gets a 9.5 out of 10. The -0.5 is for the killing sprees and other revolting parts.

Hope I don't get struck down by lightning...

6:33 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Ratings books in the Bible ay? All books are special in their own way. Just like females. That's why I don't give women marks out of ten, or at least feel guilty when I do.

You'd perhaps be an 8 and a half.

12:08 am

 

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