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The Unseen Hand

  • Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the clothing and the horse, as you have said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that you have spoken. Then took Haman the clothing and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and caused him to ride through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.' Esther 6:10 WEB

    Haman the Agagite was second in command to the king of the Persian empire. He was an arrogant man who wore the king's signet ring, and he hated Mordecai the Jew because he would not bow down to him, or stand and tremble when he passed by like the other officials did.

    Haman was a descendant of King Agag, while Mordecai was a Benjaminite descended from King Saul. This means that their families had been mortal enemies for a long time (1Samuel 15:9). If King Saul had followed God's command to wipe out the Amalekites, then Haman would have probably never been born (1Samuel 15:3).

    During a night of drinking with his friends, Haman shared his woes about Mordecai with them. They suggested that he build a gallows seventy-five feet high and ask the king to hang Mordecai on it. That would surely fix it. So the next morning Haman joyfully had the gallows built, then went to visit the king to ask him to hang Mordecai. In the afternoon, he planned to attend a royal banquet with the king and queen.

    Haman did not know that during the night, God had been working behind the scenes and whispering instructions to the pagan king. The king had not been able to sleep, so he had a book of records brought out and read to him. He learned that a man named Mordecai had once saved the king's life, but had gotten no reward. He could not get it off of his mind. It kept coming back to him.

    So the moment that Haman entered the courtyard, the king summoned him and asked: 'What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?' Haman assumed that the king was talking about him, so he came up with an elaborate plan of dressing this man in the king's royal robe, setting him on the king's horse, and having his highest official lead him through the city streets proclaiming: 'This is the man whom the king delights to honor!'

    When Haman completed his speech, the king told him to immediately go and do everything that he had said for Mordecai the Jew, whom Haman hated and wanted hanged. The king told him: 'Leave nothing out!' So Haman had to dress Mordecai in the king's royal clothing, put him on the king's horse, and then lead him through the city streets, shouting before him. It was the beginning of a great fall for Haman, and a great promotion for Mordecai. After the afternoon banquet with the king and queen, Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai.

    God is not even mentioned in the book of Esther, but oh He is there silently working in the lives of His people, delivering them from things they do not yet know about. The wind is invisible but powerful, and so is the power of God. There was no sign from heaven, and no one heard a sound, yet circumstances began to change around them. The Holy Spirit inspired the heathen king to read from the record books when he couldn't sleep and He led him to the right page. Haman, Mordecai, and Esther all were in the right place at the right time.

    Instead of being destroyed, the people of God were promoted, and something good came out of something bad. God can make what was meant to harm you, exalt you. What was meant for evil can work out for your good. So do not fear what others have devised against you. As you focus on God, He takes care of things that you do not even know about yet. Put your trust in Him, for not even a sparrow is forgotten (Luke 12:6). No weapon formed against you will prosper.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for taking care of me. My help comes from above! I pray that You guide me and help me be in the right place at the right time. Disrupt the plans of the enemy and help me see my way clearly, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter I love the story of Ester and Mordecai. Her courage to go into the king, trusting that God will be with her. And Moredocai’s unfailing faith in God. Both are an inspiration for me.
Jul 5
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Thank you Pastor Todd for this on time word.

May God continue to use you to be a blessing to us all In Jesus Name I pray. 

Jul 4
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Pastor for the wonderful story.God bless you all. Amen 

Jul 4
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen !thank you Lord, Jesus is God  :)

Jul 4
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. My Faith and Trust is with the Lord.  You are unseen, but I know You are with me. Amen

Jul 4
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I trust in You only. My faith is in You

Jul 4
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father even though You are not seen You are protecting us in every situation we encounter, thank You God for Your loving care. I trust in You always, disrupt the work of the enemy that is attacking us. In Jesus Christ's name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord for all You do for us. 

Excellent message Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia for all you do on our behalf. 

Jul 4
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jul 4
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you dear God for everything u do for my grandchildren and me. Find favor with us. Continue to bless us. Praise God. In the name of Jesus Amen hallelujah 

Jul 4
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Lord for guiding and helping me and putting me in the right place at the right time.  Thank you for protecting me against my enemies.  In Jesus Name I pray, Amen. 

Jul 4
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jul 4
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: Jul 4

Thank you Father in Heaven for ALWAYS looking out for my best interest.  Even though there are times I see evil done to others and myself and it is so unjust, you are there to ensure that no harm comes to your children even if we are unaware of what is actually happening around us. That in itself is a true blessing.  In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen!!  Allelulia!! Amen!!

Jul 4
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Jul 4
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jul 4
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Tom Cartmell
Tom Cartmell

Such a wonderful story. This is one of my favorite Bible stories. Thank you so very much for all that you and Sylvia do. The devotionals mean so much to me. To all have a very happy great and blessed INDEPENDENCE DAY

Jul 4
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord, please show me the way

Jul 4
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen !

Jul 4