Esther 6-10: Digging Your Own Grave

The villain of Esther’s story is a man named Haman. He is the king’s advisor and has an irrational hatred for Mordecai, the cousin of Esther. Haman devised a plot to have Mordecai hanged, but Esther foiled his plans and the king sent him off to the gallows instead:

So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.

The irony of this story points to a truth found in Psalm 7:15-16, which says:

(The wicked man) makes a pit, digging it out,
and falls into the hole that he has made.
His mischief returns upon his own head,
and on his own skull his violence descends.

This truth is less true of everyday life than it is of our eternal state. Every day, the wicked prosper. It is not guaranteed that they will suffer for their sins is this life. But, Galatians 5 reminds us that the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. These are the things that the wicked work for, and according to Romans 6:23, the payment for working in this way is eternal death.

So, while the wicked may not get their “just desserts” here, they will, in God’s timing, receive just payment for their work forever. They are digging their own grave, or in Haman’s case, building their own gallows.

But God is calling us out of the life of wicked working. He is calling us to a life of righteousness gained by the blood of Christ and displayed by the Fruit of the Spirit. When we trust in Christ, the Spirit of God works in us to produce fruit. Good and sweet fruit.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

These things are grown in us by the Holy Spirit, the great cultivator of our hearts. We cease from our wicked working and He brings about a great harvest of righteousness in us that overflows into every area of life. Christ becomes visible in us, and sin lies dead in the graves we once dug for ourselves.

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