That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. The king’s servants said to him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.” So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” And Haman answered the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head. Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’ ” Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.” So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!” Afterward Mordecai went back to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. (Esther 6:1-12)
Haman’s Really, Really Bad Day
Pride is a powerful enemy of the soul when men fill themselves with their self-worth and exalted pride. It happened to a man called Haman who was placed in a position of national power. Everyone bowed in the presence of the son of Hammedatha the Agagite giving him great tribute except a man by the name of Mordecai. This rattled the spirit of Haman and he hated Mordecai. Devising a plan to destroy Mordecai and all his people Haman approached King Ahasuerus with a bold plan to exterminate the Jews. Receiving authority to carry out the holocaust the decree was set.
On a day when Mordecai was sitting in the gate of the city, he overhead two eunuchs talking of killing King Ahasuerus which he reported to the king immediately. The two conspirators were discovered and hanged on a gallows with the record of the event kept in the official records of the king. One night when the king could not sleep, he called for a reading and was reminded of the foiled plot. Inquiring if any reward was given for Mordecai it was found that nothing had been done. This is where Haman’s day turns horrible – really horrible. He had come to the palace to suggest to the king they hang Mordecai on a specially prepared gallows. The significance of this gallows was that it was nearly 75 feet in height. Haman wanted to make everyone see Mordecai hang as high as he could make it. His hatred for Mordecai was uncompromising. Nothing would stand in his way of killing that Jew. So he thought.
As he stood in the court waiting to tell the king of his plan, he must have been beside himself with glee to know that his mortal enemy would be writhing in insufferable pain in just a few hours. The king calls Haman into his court and poses a question: how do you show honor to a great man of the kingdom? Immediately Haman thought the king was speaking of himself because who else in the kingdom would be so important to receive such a blessing from the king? What a moment for Haman. Immediately Haman sets forth a beautiful plan of how the king would honor him with something beyond his imagination. He went overboard with how this man would be honored. Finishing his great oratory, Haman waited for the crown to be placed on his head and the noble horse delivered for him to ride throughout the city. The words that came out of the kings mouth stunned Haman. It was more than stunned. To his complete unbelief the king ordered Haman to place the crown upon the head of Mordecai and for Haman to lead Mordecai around the city in the splendor of a noble prince.
Haman had no choice but to obey the king’s command. That was the worst day of his life – or so he thought. It was up to him to find Mordecai and tell him the news from the king. He had to place the crown on his head. He had to lead him about and proclaim how honored Mordecai was. What a grief that must have been to his heart. He really did not mean what he told the people. He lied the whole time but no once knew the difference because he knew he had to obey the king. When the procession finally finished Haman ran back to his home enraged, humiliated and ashamed. This day was the worst ‘Monday’ he had ever had and no day would ever be as terrible as the day he had to lead Mordecai around on a horse proclaiming great honors to the man he hated. Little did he know his day was about to get even worse when he was called to a feast at the palace. When he left the feast sometime later, he was not going home. He was headed for the gallows he built for Mordecai. Instead of his hated enemy dying that day, it was Haman who lost his life.
Justice against evil does not always come in this life. Sometimes it does. It did the day Haman had a really, really bad day. Now that is a great story.