"What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?" (v6). Esther’s story is full of surprising reversals that highlight the powerlessness of human schemes in the face of God’s justice. Just when Haman is plotting Mordecai’s murder, the king discovers Mordecai’s heroic deed and wants to honor him. Haman, furious and humiliated, must orchestrate Mordecai’s public affirmation ceremony. Everything Haman does to elevate himself and punish Mordecai seems to backfire.
Human power and pride can’t prevail against God’s purposes, as Mary said centuries later: “He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate” (Luke 1:52).