Esther 2: 21 – 24 “During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai. And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were hanged on a gallows. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.”
Some people are never happy. Here it was, a time of great celebration in the kingdom. The king had just taken a new queen. He had been generous with his gifts, had lowered the taxes, and was in an all-around good mood. You’d think everyone would be happy.
But here were these two officers who, for some reason or another, had decided that they wanted to kill the king. Perhaps they wanted to take over the throne, or perhaps they were just mad because their candidates for queen had not been chosen. But whatever the reason, they couldn’t just be happy.
Some things never change. No matter what the occasion, there will always be people who are angry and bitter, and who want to stir up trouble. No matter how generous and benevolent and kind we try to be, there will always be someone who isn’t happy.
But kings don’t like it when people whisper and plot against the throne. Mordecai overheard this wicked scheme, and got word to Esther. Xerxes was saved, and these men were destroyed.
The King of Kings doesn’t like it when we try to stir up trouble, either. Proverbs 6:16 – 19 says,
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
Sometimes, we don’t think much about our whispered words of gossip and slander. We think, “What’s the harm? I live in a free country. I can say what I want.” But friends, we are wrong. We may think we will never be caught, but God hears every word we say. He wants us to be kind and compassionate to one another, and to build each other up. It is never His desire to see us whispering and gossiping and slandering and plotting and stirring up dissension.
And though we may not be hanged on the gallows, we will not go unpunished:
Numbers 14:18 “The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.”
So the next time we are tempted to speak unkind words, the next time we are tempted to whisper and plot against another person – particularly a person who is in authority over us – we might do well to remember Bigthana and Teresh. We need to be kind . . . or be quiet.
Dear Father, Please help me to control my thoughts and my speech. If I am angry or annoyed at someone, help me to speak of it only to You – in prayer. Help me to build others up with my words, not tear them down.