I am in the habit of studying history and human nature. The most interesting creatures on earth are humans. Some of them are like beasts of prey, watching for every opportunity to pounce upon the small and unsuspecting minority. Some people are like birds, whom God has endowed with wings to swiftly carry them to safety beyond the reach of the carnivore’s teeth and lolling tongue that thirsts for blood.
Over a number of years I have watched the battle of good and evil unfold in this land of America. How I love this country which has promised freedom to its inhabitants, that freedom which has been purchased by the blood, sweat, and tears of our forefathers.
I have observed with wide-eyed amazement the actions of law enforcement against a minority religious group. I have followed the never-ending antics demonstrated by the American judicial system. I have watched with interest and disgust the media mudslinging between politicians. Especially, as I reflect upon the unbelievable misrepresentation portrayed by modern day media against innocent and honest American citizens, a story comes to mind.
Over two thousand years ago, after Israel had been carried off to Babylon by the great conqueror King Nebuchadnezzar, over a period of fifty years, the kingdom of the Jews was scattered throughout the mighty empire of the Medes and Persians. During the third year of the reign of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes 486-465 B.C.), he called for a great feast for his princes and servants.
While merry with wine, the king sent for his wife Vashti to appear and show off her beauty before him and his nobles. Vashti refused. Ahasuerus became angry with his wife for her disobedience. His wise men counseled him to get rid of her for they feared her bad example would give all the women in the kingdom courage to disobey their husbands. Ahasuerus agreed and banished Vashti from his presence. He sent out a proclamation that all men were to be honored in their households.
Ahaseurus then ordered all the young virgins in the land to appear before him so he could choose a new wife. A fourteen-year-old orphan Jewish girl named Hadassah from the tribe of Benjamin entered the king’s harem taking on the name of Esther, a Babylonian name meaning “star”.
Esther had been raised from infancy by her uncle Mordecai, who advised her to keep secret her Israelite identity. For nearly a year, Esther and hundreds more young ladies were cared for in the King’s House of Women being primed with all manner of beauty paraphernalia in preparation for the moment to be called into the king’s presence.
Finally, it came Esther’s turn. She was lovely, meek, and innocent.
And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her his queen.
Mordecai, in position of keeper at the king’s gate, continued to hover as closely as possible to Esther, whom he loved as his own daughter. He discovered a plot between two palace chamberlains against the king’s life. Mordecai sent word to Esther. She informed the king, and the two offenders were hung. Mordecai’s name was recorded in the book of chronicles as having saved the king’s life.
But there were men in high places who had cunning and evil hearts.
After these things did King Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes. And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed and reverenced Haman; for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence. Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, “Why transgresses thou the king’s commandment?”
Apparently, there was only one God to whom Mordecai paid homage. Mordecai replied that he could not bow down to Haman for it was against his religion to do so.
And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had showed him the people of Mordecai; wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
And Haman said unto King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws; therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.”
Sound familiar? If I was the king, I would be alarmed with that report—if I didn’t know better.
Haman went on in his convincing way, “If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed; and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.”
Times haven’t changed much, have they? Thirty pieces of silver (or more) is still used as barter in the ethnic cleansing agenda and the genocide racket.
And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. The posts went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed. And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
Mordecai got word to Esther about the impending doom. He told her the lives of her people were in her hands and that God had prepared her for that moment in history to deliver her people. He asked her to go to the king and reveal her identity, expose the evil plot of Haman, and plead the cause of the Jews.
That was a very dangerous thing for Esther to do. Why? Because there was a law that any person who dared to approach the king without being summoned would be put to death. Ahasuerus had been very busy and had not called for Esther for a whole month. The law of the Medes and Persians was very binding. Even the king could not reverse the law. However, there was a way around it. If the king was to hold out his golden scepter to the uninvited party, the life of the offender could be spared.
Esther knew the king loved her. But he had sent Vashti away for disobedience. Why not her? She did not know if the king loved her that much. This was a terrifying step to take.
Esther replied to Mordecai, “Go gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”
After three days of fasting in sackcloth and ashes, Esther put on her finest robes and walked, pale and trembling, into the inner court and approached her husband, the king. When the king saw Esther standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight. Ahasuerus held out his golden scepter to her and she drew near and touched it.
The king asked, “What wilt thou, Queen Esther? and what is thy request? It shall be given thee even to the half of the kingdom.”
Some lady. He must have loved her a lot.
Esther answered, “If I have found favor in thy sight and if it please the king, come to a banquet at my palace tomorrow night and bring Haman.”
The king agreed to do so. Oh, boy, Haman was one happy peacock as he pranced home on his high horse. But then he got to the gate and saw Mordecai standing proud, unwilling to bow as usual. Grrrr. That is so frustrating when people don’t acknowledge your power and authority, isn’t it?
Haman went home and told his wife and friends all about his glory and riches and promotions. He told how he had been advanced above all the other princes and how even the queen had invited no other man but him to attend a banquet with her and the king.
But Haman was not satisfied. He said, “All this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.”
Do you know anyone like that? Have we seen people in power who can’t stand the sight of certain American citizens and are determined to drive them out or put them away out of sight?
Haman’s wife Zeresh said, “My lord Haman, you don’t have to put up with that disrespectful dude, the Jew. Why don’t you just show him what happens to people who don’t uphold the law of Haman? Make a gallows fifty cubits high, and tomorrow, ask the king for permission to hang Mordecai. Then you can go to the banquet happy and free of stress from that abominable low-life Jew.”
And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.
But that very night God intervened. The king could not sleep. He commanded the book of chronicles to be opened, and he discovered that Mordecai had never been rewarded for saving his life.
The next morning Haman went to see the king to obtain permission to hang Mordecai. Before he could speak, the king asked him, “What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor?”
Haman thought to himself, “Now who would the king want to honor so much? Me, of course. Oh, shiskkabob! Since I know he intends to credit me for my great bigness, I will tell him of the most desirable ways of public acknowledgement that I would like for myself.”
“Oh, king, live forever,” said sly Haman with his oily tongue. “For the man whom the king delighteth to honor, have one of your most noble princes put your own royal clothes upon him, your royal crown upon his head, and set him upon your own royal horse. Then let the prince walk before him through all the streets of the city proclaiming, “This is the man whom the king delighteth to honor.”
“Great idea, Haman!” the king replied. “Make haste and take my crown and apparel just as you have suggested and put them upon Mordecai, the man at the king’s gate. YOU are the noble prince who will walk before him and honor him as he rides upon my very own horse.”
Ouch! I bet they used a combination of grapefruit rinds and alum powder to build that bitter humble pie for Haman. But it was his own great idea, and he was obliged to carry it out. When the ordeal was over, Mordecai returned to his place at the gate, no doubt smiling, and Haman hurried home covering his face in embarrassment.
Haman told his wife and all his friends how he had been shamed, and they said, “Damn, you are beginning to lose power to Mordecai. He is a Jew, and you cannot overcome him. He will certainly defeat you.”
Haman was very wroth and also very humiliated. But just then the king’s chamberlain appeared to escort him to the banquet Queen Esther had prepared for that evening.
So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, “What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee; and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.”
Obviously, the King thought a lot of the Queen.
Then Esther, the queen, answered and said, “If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request; for we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish.”
Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen,” Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?”
And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.”
Now whose turn was it to tremble?
Then Harbonah, one of the king’s chamberlains squealed on Haman. “Oh, king, Haman even went so far as to build a gallows to hang Mordecai, the very man who saved your Majesty’s life. And it’s seventy-five feet tall!”
“Hang Haman on it!” the king bellowed.
So they hauled away Haman squealing for his life, and they hanged him clear to death until he was dang dead upon the VERY SAME gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.
Is this story starting to sound imminent? Does anyone see a parallel? Do we suspect that justice will be served eventually?
Next, the king gave Haman’s property to Esther and Mordecai. And the king’s ring with his seal, which had been retrieved from Haman’s possession was put upon Mordecai’s finger. And to Mordecai, Ahasuerus also gave Haman’s position as chief prince in the king’s presence, second only to the king in authority.
Then was the king’s wrath pacified.
Fascinating. Tell you what. Go through this story and insert a name, or names, or an organization for every character in this biblical saga of the fate of the persecutors. See what you come up with.
Hint: government officials who adjust the law to suit their own purpose as well as prosecutor’s witnesses who lie under oath to deceive the minds of judges and juries and the American public might fill in appropriately for Haman, son of Hammedatha the Agagite.
History has the dangdest habit of repeating itself.
Who cannot see that the King is not asleep, though He may seem so while the conspiracy plays on in this present day theater? History is in the making. Yes, the conspirators have prepared the gallows, and the final outcome is predictable. The King’s wrath shall be pacified.
This from an interested on-looker who can’t help but see the gross injustice handed out by mainstream media, religious dissenters, and dishonest witnesses. Who cannot see the blaring crimes of individuals in government who wield the power granted them by the people of America to shred the Constitution by creating laws to target specific religions groups and execute a personal vendetta against a minority religion?
Misunderstanding and misrepresentation runs rampant. Surely, most people would hate to be numbered among the persecutors who will eventually experience the King’s wrath.
And what shall be done unto the man whom the King delights to honor?
We shall see.