The Great Reversal: Esther, pt 5

by Steve Reynolds  /  Esther 5:9-6:13  /  July 9, 2017

Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements.” So begins Chinua Achebe’s bestselling work, Things Fall Apart. We begin the book with a powerful and influential character. I won’t give you all of the details because you should read the work, but what transpires in the book ends in the death of this main character. In its end, the irony of the work comes into play as a man says this about Okonkwo, “That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia… and now he will be buried like a dog…” Things fell apart. Although Chinua Achebe was one of the most gifted modern writers, he wasn’t the first or even the best at drawing out the irony of success. Irony is the contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. We never expect that fads come and go, people gain power then fail, nations rise and fall, but they do. This week, I read a story which I believe surpasses Achebe’s in bringing out this theme. It is the story of Haman in the book of Esther. Today, we will see Haman’s sudden fall from success in one of the most ironic plot twists in Scripture. And we will learn that God’s people must place their hope in God’s honor, not the honor of this world.