Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated. -Esther 7:9–10.
When I was a boy my parents had a very open and trusting way of parenting. Most of the time I was a good kid and my parents' trust was warranted, but like all young people I had moments when I would see what I could get away with. My mom especially knew that I was an inventive storyteller, and when I was trying to be devious I would tell very convincing stories. Mom was no fool. She would let me go on weaving my tall tales until eventually I would get everything so twisted that the lie was as obvious as the nose on my face. What would happen next was usually a stroke of genius on my mom’s part as she devised a punishment for me that was somehow always related to the lie in the story I told. She would refer to this practice as “giving me just enough rope to hang myself.”
As I read through the resolution of Esther I could not help but be reminded of my mom’s creative forms of justice. At this point in the story the jig is up for Haman, who had deviously plotted to have Mordecai (and the rest of the Jews) killed to advance himself. The king uses the same gallows intended for Mordecai to put an ultimate end to Haman’s treachery.
Daily Battle Order:
Kingdom Men, never submit to deviousness or scheming. It is all too easy to bear false witness to advance your own interests, especially if you think there won’t be repercussions. We serve a God of truth, and when the truth is revealed as it always is, be the man found to be of good character…not the one who has been given just enough rope to hang himself.
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