I absolutely LOVE God’s sense of humor! Of course, we can’t always see how things will play out while we’re in the midst of things, but God’s justice and timing is perfect and makes so much sense when it’s all said and done. (Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not laughing at people being brought to calamity and their destruction. I’m appreciating the way God made sure the justice He administered was a direct answer to the threats that had been sent out against His people.)
I was listening to a Bible reading a couple nights ago. I actually laughed out loud as I recalled the scene from the movie that played in my head during this chapter reading. If you’re unfamiliar with this story, at this point, Haman is plotting to kill Mordecai and wishes to eliminate Jews. What makes this hilarious is that Haman comes up with a plot to kill the Jews, especially Mordecai and wants to be hailed as the most important person in the kingdom next to the king (Prov 16:18 “18Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”). He’s expecting this parade to honor himself and has instructions from the king to lead the parade for the person he hates. Ha ha!
Esther 6:1-11 “1On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 2And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. 3And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him. 4And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. 5And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in. 6So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself? 7And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, 8Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: 9And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour. 10Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. 11Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.”
See the first 6 ½ minutes of this scene
Not only does Mordecai not get hanged nor the Jews exterminated, but Haman is eventually hanged on the gallows he set for Mordecai and his sons also. Talk about perfect justice! It was frightening for those involved and required absolute faith in the LORD, but the results showed God is in control and delights in His people.
I was letting the children watch a video Bible story about Moses, and I thought about how this played out. The pharaoh decided the Israelites were growing much in strength & number and decided to kill male babies. Moses’s mother risked their lives to save his by hiding him and placing him in a basket in the Nile River. Not only did the pharaoh’s daughter rescue him and raise him as a prince in the royal palace, but he grew up to deliver the Israelites from Egyptian captivity, God displayed mighty miracles to show His might and Egypt fell from power to never regain the status they once had as a great ruling civilization. What tickles me even more is how God struck a blow to Egypt’s ego with every plague as it showed the gods they worshiped were not all-powerful gods as they believed. See here.
There are so many instances of perfect justice where God seems to say something like, “Oh, yeah? Let’s just see about that.”
– Nebuchadnezzar believed he gained power and expanded his kingdom because of his doing and would not recognize God. He lost his sanity and was made to eat with the beasts of the field until he was humbled.
– Jezebel had the prophets of God murdered and swore to have Elijah killed. Elijah had a “stand off” with her prophets. The Lord rained down fire from Heaven to prove He is God, her prophets were killed, and she was eventually thrown from a window, trampled under a chariot and eaten by dogs so there was nothing left to bury.
– Lucifer decided he wanted to be like God and receive worship that belonged to God alone. He was cast from Heaven and will be locked away in eternal punishment at the end of time.
I see a few things here:
1) God hates pride. When we’re prideful, we lift ourselves up as if we have to power to do anything without God. He is merciful if He allows us a chance to be humbled and repent. (Prov 6:16-19 “16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”)
2) God is God alone and will not share His worship with anything else. [Deut 6:15 “15(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.”]
3) The Lord will ensure justice is served even though it seems long to us. (Nahum 1:2 “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.)
4) The Lord will have the last laugh! (Psalm 2:1-4 “1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.”
Tee hee hee! Woooo…… It’s reminders like the one in Esther that comforts me when people act like they’re getting over on me. I watch people that absolutely know they’re lying, stealing, trying to discredit me or whatever and think about the fact that God is watching, knows what wrong is being done and already has perfect justice in place. God will not be mocked and is a defender for His people.
How’s the saying go? He who laughs last laughs best!