David understood this principle so well: “The Lord forbid that I should stretch my hand against the Lord’s anointed . . .” Abishai, David’s right hand man urged David to utilise the opportunity, when he found King Saul, unsuspectingly sleeping in a curve.
To this suggestion, David responded: “Destroy him not for who can stretch his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” The question that comes to mind is in reference to who God’s anointed is or should be.
Zeresh was Haman’s wife and Haman was King Ahasuerus’ second in command. Ahasuerus kingdom stretched from India to Ethiopia and was composed of 127 provinces.
Haman was excited by his new appointment. Everyone saluted him except Mordecai, a captive for that matter. Zeresh and Haman’s friends devised a plan to deal with Mordecai. A tall gallows was quickly made on which Mordecai would be hanged.
For Haman, killing Mordecai alone was an understatement. He sought and was granted to kill not Mordecai alone, but his entire nation, the Jews. Unknown to Haman was the fact that the King Ahasuerus’ new Queen Esther was a Jew.
Diplomatically, Esther invited the king and Haman to a banquet twice. On the second day of the banquet Queen Esther broke the bad news to the king. Haman was the man plotting to kill Jews including Esther. The king was distraught. Haman went packing home. On breaking the sad story — Zeresh, his wife prophesied: “If Mordecai be the seed of the Jews, before whom you begun to fall, you won’t prevail against him”. Read this prophecy with God’s promise to the effect that, Israel/His people are His special people and whosoever trouble them was like someone prickling God’s eye.
Who then is God’s anointed, is it Saul or Mordecai? God’s anointed can be the king or slave.
Revenge does not belong to man, but God. David did not take punishment into his hands. On the other hand, Haman was bent on destroying Mordecai and his nation.
Providently, one night, King Ahasuerus runs out of sleep. In the process, he called for the book of records to be brought and read before him. Interestingly, the king’s attention was drawn to the record which highlighted how Mordecai saved the king from assassination by making the assassins plot known.
What was done to Mordecai for his good deed — the answer was nothing. At this point in time Haman walked into the palace. The king asked Haman to suggest what could be done to whom the king chooses to honour? Flowery, was Haman’s suggestion hoping it was in reference to him.
“Let the royal apparel be brought which the king wears and the horse that the king rides on and the royal crown which is set upon his head. Let one of the king’s nobles lead the horse and rider shouting that”. So should the one the King chooses to honour be paraded? Quickly do what you have just said to Mordecai, the Jew. News also reached the king that Haman had made gallows on which to hang Mordecai. In turn, Haman was himself hanged on gallows meant for Mordecai.
It is dangerous to falsely accuse God’s child(ren). Events changed too quickly for Haman to believe, instead it was Haman and is household that was killed.
●Moses Tsimukeni Mahlangu writes in his own capacity and can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org for comments.