Well, things are shaping up in our little tale of Jewish pride and prejudice. The gallows are ready to hang Mordy. The Queen’s trap is set and ready. The only person who doesn’t have a clue what’s going on for either side is the king himself. All he knows is there’s going to be another banquet with his favorite Queen and “trusted” prime minister. And we know from previous chapters he’s a real party animal.
Unbeknownst to Haman, that night the king can’t sleep, so he sends for his official diary, which his official scribes were keeping up. He reads about our hero, Mordy, who tells the king about an assasination plot. The king asks if Mordy had ever been rewarded, and his officials tell him that he had not.
The king asks his PM to come and give him advice on what should be done to honor such a hero.
6 When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” 7 So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, 8 have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. 9 Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!'”
How poetic that all he was describing was going to be lavished upon his one irritation, Mordy himself. Well Haman was totally humiliated and ran home with his tail between his legs. Only to be wisked off by the kings servants to the next surprise – the banquet the Queen had prepared. Haman was in no mood to party, but he had no choice.
How do we apply this to our lives today? Well, “pride comes before the fall” comes to mind. Haman’s self-serving pride had really set him up. Now, he was in trouble.
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