What Goes Around…

Have you noticed the Bible contains a lot of irony? This is especially true when people take it on themselves to “destroy” God or His people…only to end up destroying themselves. Take, for example, the Book of Esther. Haman, the righthand man of the King of Persia, took it upon himself to destroy all the Jews in the kingdom. His intense hatred started because of a Jew named Mordecai, who refused to bow down before him in public. Haman’s super-sized ego created an obsessive hatred—not just for Mordecai but also for the whole Jewish race. Haman had a “final solution” to dispose of Mordecai. At the urging of his wife and friends, Haman built gallows on which to hang Mordecai. Mordecai would become a public spectacle of those who dare to insult the high and mighty Haman! The gallows were far from ordinary; they were seventy-five feet high…so people from long distances could view “the exhibit.” As the Book of Esther unfolds, we see the “fortunes” of Haman drop like a rock. During a banquet held by Queen Esther (the cousin of Mordecai the Jew), Haman was exposed in the presence of the king as a murderous racist. While the king considered the fate of Haman, one of the servants spoke up saying, “A gallows seventy-five feet high stands by Haman’s house. He had it made for Mordecai who spoke up to help the king” (Esther 7:9). It did not end well for Haman. The Bible states, “So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai” (7:10). What Haman “sent around” came “back around.” As I read the story this week, I thought of our lives and actions as building something for others. Haman was obsessed with “building” hatred and harm for others he deemed as unworthy. His rich—but miserable—life ended in great shame and disgrace. On the other hand, the principle of “what goes around, comes around” can be a source of hope and joy to the followers of Jesus. Our prayers and actions of love and service for others are not unnoticed by our Lord…and by others. Even though we don’t expect to be noticed and rewarded by others, we believe that blessings come to those who live to bless others. What are you “sending around”?

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