The Day of Reckoning

Esther Denouncing Haman, Esther 7:1-7

Esther 7:1-10

Today, the king and Haman returned to Esther for the banquet of wine prepared for them. The king then asked her again for what she wanted. Eventually Esther revealed that she and her people were under threat, having been sold to die by Haman himself.

The king could not believe his ears, he was very angry at this revelation, and had to go out to the gardens to consider what to do. On returning, he met Haman in a compromising position on Esther’s couch, though he was trying to plead with the queen, for he already knew his punishment would be grave.

That was the last stroke that broke the camel’s back. The king wondered whether Haman would also assault his wife, the queen. So he gave the command that Haman be taken away and hanged on the same gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai to die on the same day. In essence, Haman prepared his own death, and was destroyed in his own evil schemes. It was finally the day of reckoning.

Some verses to remember

6: And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

8: Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.

 

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Nehemiah Intervenes for The People

Nehemiah 5:1-19

In the midst of the building going on, there arose complaints amongst the people due to the scarcity of corn. A lot of these people have mortgaged their properties, some have put their children into slavery just to obtain corn. It got to a critical point and they had to complain to Nehemiah.

When the complaints reached Nehemiah, he was very upset, so he consulted with the nobles and the rulers. He asked them whether having redeemed their brothers, the jews, from the heathen, would they now allowed them to be sold at home again? The nobles had nothing to answer him. So he asked them to restore to the people their lands, vineyards, oliveyards, and houses, and the nobles agreed.

From that time, Nehemiah was appointed to be governor over the people of Judah. Unlike previous governors, he did not charge the people or take of them bread and wine, because he feared the Lord. He continued the work of the wall, and was fully focussed on pleasing God. No wonder, he could pray God to remember him for all the good he had done for the people.

What could we learn today from Nehemiah as leaders? Do you put your people first or seek to satisfy your own needs? Nehemiah has laid a good example for us all to follow.

Some verses to remember

19  Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.