The plot thickens. The writer of the book of Esther certainly knew how to tell a story!
As we read through chapter 6, we begin to see how each of the characters will receive their just desserts. First, Xerxes discovers that faithful Mordecai saved his life all those years ago (the book of Esther probably takes place over a ten year period). Xerxes may have been a pompous, prideful King, but he certainly knew the importance of rewarding those who were loyal to him.
The King is looking for someone to help him decide how to honour Mordecai, and who should walk in but Haman, on a mission to get the King’s permission to impale Mordecai on a 75-foot pole.
From that moment on, we as readers can appreciate the delicious irony of Haman planning a reward which, in his pride, he can only assume is meant for himself. How immensely crushing for Haman to then be the one who is forced to deliver this reward to his greatest enemy.
For a long time, Mordecai resisted giving honour to Haman. However, he did not strike against him. He knew the kind of man Haman was, but he chose to simply live in obedience to God and allow Haman to be the architect of his own downfall.
Mordecai did not need to risk putting himself in a place of unrighteousness because Haman’s true character could not help but reveal itself in the end. Jesus compared it to a tree producing fruit: “A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit . . . Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” (Matt 7:17-20).
This is why God says, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay” (Deut 32:35). Vengeance belongs to the Lord. Our focus needs to be on making sure our own walk with the Lord is secure. If we seek him above all other things, he will take care of everything else.