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His promotion was a set up

Updated: Oct 7, 2020


It's easy to assume that someone is being blessed when you see them promoted. However, reading the book of Esther this morning my eyes opened to see that although promotion comes from the Lord, His reason for promoting you is another story.

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. (Psalm 75:6-7, kjv)

The book of Esther is a book filled with promotion and demotion. The book begins with the demotion of one Queen Vashti, which if we look closely, we can see the hand of the Lord in this. Without this demotion, there would have been no room for the promotion of Esther, the Jew. It is the Lord who promotes and demotes and, in this instance, He desired one of His own people in a position which would enable Him to exercise judgement on one of their enemies.

In chapter 3, we see the promotion of one named Haman. Esther chapter 3, verses 6 and 10 tell us this about Haman:

He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes. (v6)