Roll a Stone!
Scripture reading for May 17th: Esther 5-7
“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” (Proverbs 26:27) One of the spiritual laws of God is that a person will “reap what they sow”. (Galatians 6:7) God has so designed the world that our actions have consequences. Consequences sometimes appear to the uneducated as “bad luck” or “unfortunate coincidences”. In today’s reading, Haman plots to hang Mordecai the Jew in a very public execution, but has some “bad luck!”
The Jews had fasted three days for Queen Esther’s favor as she approached the King. On the third day, she went and stood at his door. He invited her to come and she received favor from him. (Esther 5:1-4) She invited the King and Haman to a banquet that she had prepared. The first day she did not make a request but invited them back the next day. As they left the first banquet, Mordecai refused to bow to Haman or show him any deference. This infuriated Haman who went home sulking. His wife and advisers suggested building a gallows and asking the King to allow him to hang Mordecai on it. The idea pleased Haman and the plan was put into action.
That night, the King could not sleep. He had royal records brought and read to him. The record of Mordecai exposing the assassination plot was read and the King asked if Mordecai had been honored. Because nothing had been done, the King was moved to do something for this man who had saved his life. As Haman was entering the gate to have Mordecai hanged, the King asked to see Haman, intending to have him help in honoring Mordecai. Haman knew he was in trouble! (Esther 6:12-14)
Haman was then taken to the second banquet and there Queen Esther exposed his plot to exterminate the Jews. The king was furious and had Haman hanged on the gallows that he had built! (Esther 7:6-10) What “bad luck” for Haman! He was in the wrong place at the wrong time!
God is not mocked. What a man sows, he will reap. Mordecai had sowed good will towards the King and honored his God. He reaped blessing, protection and promotion. Haman sowed pride, arrogance, and murder. He lost his life on an instrument of death that he himself had built! Be careful what you sow!