Dave Burnette's Commentary

Esther Chapter 6

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Mordecai
Date Penned: (470 BC)
Overview: God's Sovereignty and Power Through Esther's Life (c 1-10)
Theme: Esther Intercedes For the Jews (c 5-8)
Message: The King Honors Mordecai (1-14)

Esther 6 Commentary

(6:1-2) God's Sovereignty - Unable to sleep, the king decided to review the history of his reign, and his servants read to him about Mordecai's good deed. This seems coincidental, but God is always at work. God has been working quietly and patiently throughout your life as well. The events that have come together for good are not mere coincidence; they are the result of God's sovereign control over the course of your and other people's lives (Romans 8:28). Take time to recollect these events. See how God has strung them together, and thank him for working in your life.

(6:7-9) Haman's Obsession - Haman had wealth, but he craved something even his money couldn't buy-respect. He could buy the trappings of success and power, but his lust for popularity had become an obsession. Don't let your desire for approval, applause, or popularity drive you to immoral actions.

(6:10-13) Mordecai Is Rewarded - Mordecai had exposed a plot to assassinate Ahasuerus- thus, he had saved the king's life (2:21-23). Although his good deed was recorded in the history books, Mordecai had gone unrewarded. But God was saving Mordecal's reward for the right time. Just as Haman was about to execute Mordecai unjustly, the king was ready to give him his reward. Although God promises to reward our good deeds, we sometimes feel our "payoff" is too far away. Be patient. God steps in when it will do the most good.

(6:12) Avoid Boasting - Just the night before (5:9-14), Haman had bragged about his position and the honor he was about to receive. Now he was humiliated and soon to be marked for death (7:8-10). How quickly the course of life can change.Because we cannot predict what will happen, it is best to avoid bragging or boasting about our successes (James 4:13-16). You never know what a day will bring.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

God is Working in Your Life

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we  continue the Book of Esther with Chapter 6. In our text today we see how the king honors Mordecai as he reviews the recorded good deeds of Mordecai. This story pictures our Lord working in our lives. In making application we see how the Lord is Quietly and Patiently working. Yes, working all things together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. For most of us it seems as if nothing is happening and we ask "where is God?" in our situations but the truth is that the Lord hears our prayers and has His Plan in action even though we don't always see or understand His Workings. How about you? Do you get frustrated and discouraged when you don't see the Lord working on your timetable? Let us learn from our text today and the testimony of Mordecai to remember the Lord is working in your life even when you don't realize His quiet, patient plan.


Esther 6

Esther 6

 1On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

 2And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

 3And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

 4And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.

 5And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

 6So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

 7And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,

 8Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:

 9And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

 10Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

 11Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

 12And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.

 13And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.

 14And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.