Book of Esther - Chapter 6


King Ahasuerus learns that Mordecai revealed the plans of Bigthana and Teresh to assasinate him. Haman must carry out the king's orders to honor Mordecai.


(6:1) On that night the king could not sleep. ...

(R) How does the writer know the king could not sleep?

(R) When the Megillah is read, this line is shouted out, announcing the beginning of a miracle.

(R) Remez - Hashem's sleep was disturbed. Night is a metaphor for non-awareness.

(6:6) So Haman came in, and the king said to him, "What should be done to the man whmo the king delights to honor?" And Haman said to himself, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?"

King Ahasuerus does not name the person, just like Haman did not name the Jews in Chapter 3.

(TK) Pride precedes the fall. Sermon by Timothy Keller

(6:11) So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and led him through the square of the city, ...

Hmmm... Was Mordecai still wearing sackcloth? He had refused the clothes that Esther had sent him, so why did he the royal robes from Haman?

Notes on Pride - from Keller

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