“8 Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banqueting hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, ‘Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?’ As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. 9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, ‘A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.’The king said, ‘Impale him on it!’ 10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.” NIV
Let all who desire to be important and famous and powerful in this world take note. Things can change in a moment. It can all be over so quickly. That position you wanted, and thought would bring you happiness, proved as transient as a bubble in a bath tub. Haman was now yesterday’s man – not because he was dismissed, but because he was dead. He’d been a prominent guest at the party, but for him the party was over.
We’ve already seen that there is a foreshadowing of the cross in Haman being destroyed by his own instrument of destruction. He had the gallows built for Mordecai, but they were to be the death of him. ‘’The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead’’ (Proverbs 11:8)
Note the last verse: ‘’So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided’’
There is a truth about the cross in the Bible, but it is deeply unpopular today. It is that Christ died as a ‘propitiation’. In other words, He took the wrath of God against sin upon Himself. Although many don’t like this idea, it is a precious thought to believers that in Jesus they are freed from the wrath and judgment of God.
PRAYER: Thank God for Jesus