“The king told Haman, “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 HCSB)

One of the main themes of Esther is reversal of fortune.  The wicked Haman listens to Xerxes and can only conclude that, “who would the king like to honor more than “his awesomeness” myself?  Haman concocts the greatest honor ever and explains it to the king.  Xerxes listens and says, “this is a great idea!  I want you to go right now and carry it out completely.  Let nothing be undone which you have just described to me.”

No doubt Haman is thinking, “now who do you want to lead me around on your very own steed, O mighty king?”

Instead, Xerxes says, “I want you to lead this man around on my own horse…”

But what man is it?  The tension is unbearable.

“You, Haman, are to lead Mordecai around…”  No doubt Haman doesn’t hear anything after Xerxes mentions the name: Mordecai.  His most hated enemy in all of Persia.  Now Haman has to lead him around and declare how much the king wants to honor Mordecai.  All of the wicked Haman’s plans crumble in an instant.  Before barely a day is out, Haman will be dead and Mordecai will be rising quickly into his place, not to mention all of Haman’s wealth and property will go to Esther, Jewess extraordinaire.

The tables are quickly turned.  The wicked Haman is executed.  All of his stuff belongs to Jews.  Such a reversal of fortune is almost unimaginable.

This points us forward to the greatest reversal of fortune and the storyline of the whole Bible.  Jesus is crucified on a cross.  The forces of evil have won.  Jesus is dead…

But wait!  On the third day, the stone is rolled away from the tomb.  It is empty!  The salvation of the Jews in Esther points us forward to the ultimate reversal of fortune when Christ rises from the dead and evil and darkness are conquered.

John Piper sums up this ultimate reversal of fortune well: “Betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter, abandoned by the eleven, forsaken by God. Darkness, you have one hour. And then you die.”

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