Divine Insomnia

On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king’s young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” And the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. And the king’s young men told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.” So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” Esther 6

The king could not sleep. Divine insomnia.

The king reads a book, presumably to fall asleep.

But God has other plans.  The king reads of Mordecai’s heroic acts and he wants to honor him. So he asks Haman what he should do to honor “the man whom the king delights to honor?” Poor Haman assumes the king wants to honor HIM, rather than Mordecai.

God’s plans will prevail. He is sovereign.



3 thoughts on “Divine Insomnia

  1. I believe in “divine insomnia.” This is a great Biblical story but it happens to us as well. Sometimes God wakes us up for a reason. It’s then that we need to get out of bed and go to Him in prayer. He’s usually up to something. Good post!

  2. It is Ironic because Haman is an enemy of Mordecai. Him having to parade Mordecai around was humiliating for Haman. Haman delightfully builds a gallows in this story in order to hang Mordecai. Haman is hung on his own gallows.later in the story thanks to the boldness of Esther. This is a story that is really worth studying.

    Almighty God, Yaweh, all glory and honor is yours! You are mighty, powerful, We Love Thee!

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