How to understand Esther Chapter 6 and 1 Chronicles 29:11
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Read the Annals, or Count Sheep? Fortunately, that night the king has insomnia. He asks his servants to read to him from his annals and they end up reading him the story of how Mordecai saved him from the assassination plot. The king remembers how this was actually a pretty nice thing to do. He decides to honor Mordecai, who basically didn’t receive any honors for saving the king’s life up until then—a state of affairs the king wants to remedy. Honor Roll The next day, Haman comes into the court, intending to recommend hanging Mordecai on the mega-gallows Haman has just built. But before he can even get a word out, the king asks him what should be done for the person he (the king) wants to honor. Haman thinks the king is talking about him, so he recommends a whole bunch of nice things: he should be dressed in royal robes and led around town on one of the king’s own horses, wearing a royal crown on its (the horse’s) head. He’ll be led through the town in a procession announcing his honor. The king says that this should be done for… (wait for it) Mordecai. Haman doesn’t say anything back. He just carries out the order, leading Mordecai around the city on a royal horse. Haman is naturally pretty upset about this. He mopes about it to his wife Zeresh and to his friends. They tell him that his plot to kill the Jews probably won’t prevail if Mordecai is being honored like this. As the chapter ends, Haman departs for the banquet, soon to discover his fate. David blessed God in full view of the entire congregation: Blessed are you, God of Israel, our father from of old and forever. To you, O God, belong the greatness and the might, the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor; Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth; the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all. Riches and glory come from you, you’re ruler over all; You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand to build up and strengthen all. And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you, praising your splendid Name.