Crime and Punishment

Esther 6:12 – 14 “Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.
His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!” While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Have you ever wondered why the bad guys seem to finish first, much of the time? From corrupt politicians to crooked judges to people who cheat their ways to the tops of the corporate ladders, it just doesn’t seem fair. We watch from afar as they drive their fancy cars and order the rest of us around. And we wonder if nice guys really do finish last.

Well, here’s a little secret. Sometimes, the bad guys win – for a little while. Sometimes, they do get to enjoy the trappings of money and power and fame, and to the rest of us, it may seem that they have won.

But remember the little saying, “What goes around, comes around”? It is true. And Haman is the perfect example. He was wicked and cruel and arrogant, and used his power in the kingdom for evil and not good. And it seemed as if he would truly get away with murder.

But Haman didn’t know what we know. God is a just God, and He does not let the guilty go unpunished (Numbers 14:18). God may seem silent and distant while corruption runs rampant, but He is right there. And in the end, justice will reign. In these verses, things are starting to catch up with Haman, and things don’t look good.

The opposite is true, as well. While God doesn’t leave the guilty unpunished, He also doesn’t leave the righteous without their rewards. Mordecai was rewarded by Xerxes for a job well done. And when we live our lives in faithful, humble service to our King, we will be rewarded, as well.

Dear Father, Please help me to live a life that pleases You, even when it seems that nobody notices. I know that You see all, and You will reward those who live for You.


4 Responses to Crime and Punishment

  1. July 15, 2008 #

    Dear Renae,
    what you tell is true, the history tells us they’ve all been torn down the Masters of evil.
    Even so, it is good to get God’s promises reaffirmed. There’s so appalling many evil-doers these days, I get frightened some times.
    Well, we now how they’ll end and that Christ has defeated all evil once and for all at the cross.
    Thank you for reminding.
    Love Felisol

  2. July 15, 2008 #

    Hi Felisol! Isn’t it great that we know the end of the entire story? 🙂

    Much love,

  3. July 16, 2008 #

    Dear Renae,
    I haven’t checked, but I thought it was at least one more chapter to that beautiful history of queen Esther.
    It has been so very special to wander along with you and the queen. I hope the march is not over yet.
    From Felisol

  4. July 16, 2008 #

    Don’t worry, Felisol. We have three more chapters, I think. 😉 Good stuff ahead.

    Oops! Four more chapters. Good thing I’m not a math teacher.

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