The Lot (Esther #10)

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Text: Esther 3:7

Haman has a plan to kill Mordecai and all the Jews, but needs a date to implement this genocide.  To figure on a date Haman cast lots.  Verse seven is a summary of the period of time between Haman’s plan of genocide and the execution of the plan.  So Haman is given the green light by king Ahasuerus to prepare his extermination plan.  It is set for 11 months later, at the end of the year.  The timing is based on casting the lot to determine the day and the month.

The lot was used to make important decisions

  • Leviticus 16:8, Scapegoat and sin offering were determined by lot
  • Joshua 13:6, Israel’s inheritance had been determined by lot.

The lot was an objective decision maker

  • Proverbs 18:18
  • The lot was a way of eliminating any personal bias.

The lot was a way of leaving the decision up to the Lord

  • Proverbs 16:33
  • Everyone could agree on the results.
  • Jonah 1:7

The lot was not only cast, but sometimes given

  • Peter used this method when trying to replace Judas Iscariot in Acts 1:26.
    • This may or may not have been God’s desire based on the words of the Lord Jesus Christ to wait until the Holy Ghost came before doing anything.
    • The other option is that Peter did the right thing according to Acts 2:14 where Peter stands up with the eleven.
    • As in a ballot.
  • Now, it is noticeable that after the Holy Ghost comes in power, no one casts lots anymore.

The perversion of the lot

  • There is a perversion of the lot by introducing a covetous element in it.  That’s called the lottery.
  • Now, even the lottery illustrates the lot as an objective decision maker.  When the lotto numbers come out and the 10 million people who didn’t win accept the results.  They don’t argue the results.