Saturday, May 21, 2016

Esther-The Scroll With a Trigger

By Mary Vee
Esther 6

From King Xerxes Journal

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My name is Xerxes. I am the king of the Babylonian Empire. My land spreads as far east as what you call Iran and west to what you call Turkey.

I went to bed this evening but couldn't sleep. I couldn't see any reason why. I had a great meal, prepared by my queen, good company. True the morning wasn't that great, but that was this morning. 

No matter what I tried I couldn't sleep. I ordered my servant to bring me the book of chronicles which had the record of my reign and a scribe to read it to me. 

This record had lists of facts and events. Either something will trigger my memory, let me solve the problem and get back to sleep--or the reading will bore me to sleep. Either way, I'll go back to sleep.

"Your Majesty, I have the book of chronicles." The scribe said.

"Yes. Good. Bring it here and read to me."

"Where would you like me to begin?"

"Somewhere in the middle." I didn't know how long it would take for me to get bored enough to sleep.

The scribe opened the scroll and read. It seemed he read for hours when the name Mordecai was spoken. "Wait. Read that part again."

"On this day, two of the king's officers, Bigthana and Teresh, guards for the doorway, have been found guilty of conspiracy to assassinate King Xerxes. Mordecai has been granted the credit for exposing the guards and thereby saving the life of the king."

"Is that all to that entry?"

The scribed looked at the page. He even scrolled up and down to make sure of his answer. "There is nothing else recorded, Your Majesty." 

"There is nothing that tells what honor and recognition had been given to Mordecai for his actions?" How could I have let this slip?

The scribe shook his head. "No your majesty. Nothing has been done for him."

I couldn't believe the man hadn't been rewarded for saving my life. t looked out the window and saw morning had come already. "Fine. Who is in the court?"

The attendants walked out of the room. They returned a little while later. "Haman has just arrived."

"Good bring him here." 

"Yes, Your Majesty."

I don't know how I missed rewarding Mordecai. I'm so tired I can't think of what would be best to give him. Saving my life is no small thing. This man deserves a great reward. Haman should have an idea. I'm glad he is the one who is here.

...come back to read what happens next.

sources: New International Version, New King James Version  

1. What did Xerxes do when he couldn't sleep?
2. What name perked Xerxes' attention?
3. What wasn't in the book?
4. Who was in the court?
5. What is Xerxes going to ask Haman?

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