What Kind of HONOR Will God's People Receive?
A Beautiful Deed Remembered, vv. 1-4
An Ugly Delusion Nurtured, vv. 4-9
An Overdue Demise Begun, vv. 10-14
An Overdue Honor Bestowed, vv. 10-12
Mordecai’s good deed (Esther 2:21-23) was forgotten, and he was suffering unjustly. Do you ever feel like God has forgotten you and His promises to you? Do you think other Christians have felt the same way? (See Psalm 42-43. See Matthew 19:27ff; Matthew 20:1-16, especially v.13)
Part of Haman’s problem was that he could let go of his bitterness against Haman. (See Esther 5:13.) Many have said, “Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” How does that play out in Haman’s life? How has it played out in your life? Is there anyone against whom you harbor bitterness, whose forgiveness you need to seek?
Why are Haman’s friends and wife so confident that Mordecai’s Jewish ancestry will allow him to prevail against Haman? (See Esther 6:13. Compare Joshua 2:8-11.) Is the author of Esther trying to show something great about Mordecai in Esther 6:13, or is he trying to show you something great about the God of Mordecai who’s hiding in the shadows?