We will REAP what we SOW
May 23 Bible Reading: Esther Chapters 7-10
"You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way, in the multitude of your mighty men." (Hosea 10:13)
The above verse from the book of Hosea aptly describes Haman, the enemy of the Jews. Out of the wickedness in his heart, he had devised and attempted to annihilate all the Jews in the province by taking advantage of the king’s naivety. However, God used Queen Esther to destroy the schemes of the enemy Haman.
At the banquet that Esther had prepared for King Ahasuerus and Haman, she revealed her true identity and begged the king for her life and the lives of her people (Esther 7:3-4). When the king asked her to reveal who was responsible for this dastardly act, Esther pointed to Haman as the cause of her grief. As Haman began to beg Esther for forgiveness he fell on her couch in sheer desperation causing the King to accuse him of attacking the Queen. Haman was immediately taken to be hung to death - on the very gallows that he had built for Mordecai. Also, his ten sons were also hanged on the gallows later (Esther 9:13-14). Haman had indeed reaped what he sowed!
Mordecai received Haman’s official position and all his property. A proclamation was issued allowing all the Jews to defend themselves and because of Mordecai’s new position, they even received help from non-Jews. So on the day that Haman had planned for the annihilation of the Jewish nation, all the enemies of the Jews were destroyed. "On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them." (Esther 9:1) This victorious day is still celebrated as Purim every year on the 14th and 15th days of Adar on the Jewish calendar. An annual feast and celebration is held to honor God for delivering the Jews from their enemies. Clearly, God had perfect timing in arranging the events of Esther’s life, showing His faithful care of His chosen people!
One thing that we can learn from these series of events is that we will reap what we sow – this is the law of God. "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He, who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him" (Psalms 126:5-6).