Bible Study/Devotional

Justice in the book of Esther

Tiffany Dupont in One Night with the King (2006)

Photo Credit: IMDB from the movie, “One Night With the King” (2006)

I read the book of Esther this morning in it’s entirety. I’ve read it before and already knew it, but still I was unable to put it down until I read the whole thing.

I noticed some ironies that might be described as a type of poetic justice…or maybe it was all by coincidence. The bible uses symbolism a lot and I thought maybe this could fall into that category.

1- When Queen Vashti refuses the King’s request to appear at his feast so he could show off her beauty, she is divorced and not allowed in his presence again. Later after the King marries Esther, she appears in the King’s presence without him calling on her and she is shown mercy and rewarded.

2- Mordecai refused to bow to Haman (which he demanded be done in his presence always). Haman is angered and wants Mordecai punished. Later in the story, is ordered to lead Mordecai through the streets on the king’s horse in the king’s robe while proclaiming the king’s favor to the public. Also, Haman resorts to falling before Queen Esther to beg for his life. He is now the one in a lowly position.

2-At the exact moment that Haman shows up to request the King kill Mordecai, the King is reading the chronicles that tell how Mordecai saved the King’s life by alerting him to a plot to assassinate him and then wants to reward the hero.

3- Haman thinks that he is the one in the King’s favor to be rewarded and suggests an elaborate reward to be given in front of all of the people. In turn, the King orders that he is to bestow this honor onto Mordecai in public.

” ‘For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on his head. 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!’ ‘ “

-Esther 6:7-9 NIV

4- The pole that Haman built at 50 cubits tall was intended for Mordecai to be impaled as an example to all of the people, especially the Jews. Instead, he is later impaled on that very pole.

5- Haman was constantly trying to convince the King that the Jews were a threat and something that they were not. He presented a false image before the King. Later, after Esther begs for her life and the life of her people, the Jews, the King walks in and catches Haman in a compromising position. He was really begging Esther for his life when he threw himself onto her, but the king took it as he was “molesting” her.

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