Here's the scripture that stuck this week:
Esther 6:6-9 The Message
6-9 When Haman entered, the king said, "What would be appropriate for the man the king especially wants to honor?"
Haman thought to himself, "He must be talking about honoring me— who else?" So he answered the king, "For the man the king delights to honor, do this: Bring a royal robe that the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crown on its head. Then give the robe and the horse to one of the king's most noble princes. Have him robe the man whom the king especially wants to honor; have the prince lead him on horseback through the city square, proclaiming before him, 'This is what is done for the man whom the king especially wants to honor!'"
This is a pretty cool part of the story of Esther. Haman hates Mordecai, yet he plans Mordecai's ceremony of honor, because he didn't think he was honoring Mordecai. He thought he would be honoring himself. Ironic? Yes. But, it's beautiful consistent poetry of the layout of the Bible. Jesus was all about loving our enemies and doing to others as we would have done to ourselves. Haman's honoring was unintentional, which is different from Jesus. We are to intentionally honor everyone, whatever that may mean. Pretty cool part of the story and kind of humorous.
What's your Word?