And the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. —Esther 6:4

Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated. —Esther 7:9-10

But when it came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. Therefore they called these days Purim, after the term Pur. Therefore, because of all that was written in this letter, and of what they had faced in this matter, and of what had happened to them, the Jews firmly obligated themselves and their offspring and all who joined them, that without fail they would keep these two days according to what was written and at the time appointed every year, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, in every clan, province, and city, and that these days of Purim should never fall into disuse among the Jews, nor should the commemoration of these days cease among their descendants. —Esther 9:25-28

And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honor of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people. —Esther 10:2-3

Have those who work evil no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? —Psalm 53:4

            Evil people do evil things.  They do not look to God.  They do not call on God.  Instead, they follow their own wicked schemes.  The knowledge of God is all about them, but they make the choice to do evil instead.

            So it was in the case of Haman.  He hated the Jews and was in a power position to devise and encourage their destruction.  In His manipulation of the king, Haman’s plan would also, unbeknownst to the king, include the death of the king’s own queen, Esther.

            Esther, indeed, was raised up to her “position for such a time as this and “deliverance for the Jews will arise” through her courage (Esther 4:13).  Evil men seek to use their power positions to do evil things.  But God also has His people in key places and can work through their courage to accomplish His will and bring the evil deeds back on the heads of those who devised them and bring about good instead.

            Brothers and sisters, fellow followers of Jesus, don’t be discouraged because of the evil times we are in.  Instead, let us pray for those of God’s people that are in positions of use by God where He can work through them to expose the evil and bring good about.  You may be one of those people!  Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Precious Son Jesus.  So may it be!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsQmsEE_2-s

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