As Haman’s evil mind dreamed of being clothed in royal robes, he was surprised, stunned, shocked with a different realization. The king had asked, “What should be done for the man the king wants to honor?” (Esther 6:6). As he imagined himself being paraded through the city streets, he suddenly heard the king speaking about Mordecai. He couldn’t imagine the king was really thinking about honoring Mordecai, the Jew. Oh, but he was. “Hurry, and do just as you proposed. Take a garment and a horse for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the King’s Gate. Do not leave out anything you have suggested.” (Esther 6:10).
I can’t begin to imagine the humiliation Haman must have felt as he wrapped the royal robe around the shoulders of his mortal enemy, helped him into the saddle, and then personally led the procession through the city. The cheering crowds should have been calling his name, but they were applauding Mordecai. What a devastating twist of fate!
But for Haman, things went from bad… to worse!
On the following day, Haman attended Esther’s banquet. Haman must have been trying to clear his mind of yesterday’s parade with Mordecai, the Jew, dressed in royal robes, seated high upon the trusty steed, crowds of citizens cheering, calling his name. Mordecai! Mordecai!
Haman’s contemplations were interrupted when the king inquired, “Queen Esther, whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you seek, even to half the kingdom, will be done” (Esther 7:2).
Pause here to the consider the bravery and courage required for Esther to answer the King.
Esther knew that her fate could be similar to Vashti’s. She might be banished. She might be executed. Her request would be a clear admission that she, Queen Esther, was a Hebrew, a Jew. Even so, she didn’t shrink from her duty. “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if the king is pleased, spare my life; this is my request. And spare my people; this is my desire. For my people and I have been sold to destruction, death, and annihilation” (Esther 7:3–4).
The King was stupefied. Who has done this to you? Who has ordered your destruction? “The adversary and enemy is this evil Haman.” (Esther 7:6).
Helpfully, one of the King’s servants suggested a solution. Hang Haman on the gallows that he had constructed for Mordecai! “The king said, ‘Hang him!’ ” (Esther 7:9). Another twist of fate.
Generations later, another king, gave similar orders. Hang him! “Crucify him!” (John 19:6).
On the day that Jesus died on Calvary’s Cross, the Devil crowed with victory. Little did he know that Jesus died so that we can live. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his woundsyou have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:4-11). “He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “Our Savior Christ Jesus … has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10).
Now, that’s a twist of fate.