Throughout the Book of Esther we see the contrast between Haman and Mordecai. As we read their stories we see this unfold as Haman, even though is is an obviously evil and deceiving character, gets promotion after promotion under the rule of Ahasuerus, while Mordecai, even though he is faithful, loyal and just, seems to get overlooked, as even his good deeds in protecting the king seem to go unrewarded. However behind the scenes we see the hand of God at work. Neither Mordecai nor Esther can see this at the time but throughout their lives God is at working in each and every situation for their good.
At the outset we think that surely God wouldn’t allow a beautiful young Jewish girl to join the harem of a king like Ahasuerus, but that’s what happens. Then we read of the unfair and unjust promotion of the self seeking Haman, while the loyal and faithful Mordecai doesn’t even get a nod of recognition for exposing a plot to kill the king. Then we read of Haman’s plan to exterminate the entire Jewish race, tricking the king into signing a decree to make it happen, a decree which once signed and sealed cannot be revoked!
However despite all of this God was not silent. God uses each of these situations, permitted each of these seasons of their lives in order to work out His plan for the salvation of His people. Through it all there was a higher purpose.
Esther and Mordecai didn’t know it at first but there was a reason she needed to be in the house of Ahasuerus, and just as we saw with Joseph when he was sold into slavery by his brothers, his words to them years later declaring that ‘it was God who sent me here and not you’ come flooding back as we see Esther entering in to the house and harem of a pagan king!
Then we read of Mordecai getting no recognition when he protected the king, but if that had happened previously it wouldn’t have happened when it did and that was when it was needed because with God timing is everything. Paul tells us in Galatians 6:9 ‘do not grow weary in doing good because in due season you will reap your reward’. Continued in comments below ...
The Baandam Museum/Tea Plantation Chiang Rai.
The Baandam Museum otherwise known as the black house was in some ways very odd although it is not a temple the artist who designed it did make it look like one. And it is built within a woodland area but the nature is somewhat spoiled by the number of animal bones and skins around this place. Locals refer to the black house as hell and the white temple as heaven.
Choui Fong tea plantation is one of the largest tea manufacturing companies in Thailand. Totalling 1000 acres of land. So many different types of tea you are stuck for choice. We tried a few. Doesnt beat an english brew for me though im afraid