Summary: God sometimes does the absurd by turning "sure things" completely around.

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From Fasting to Feasting

(Esther 6:1-10:3)

1. The expression, "bad hair day" has become popular within the last 10 years.

Dear Word Detective: I mentioned to a co-worker that another co-worker had been really grouchy and snapped at me over some little matter, and the first co-worker replied that maybe the other person was just "having a bad hair day." I made a fool of myself by replying that she had looked just fine to me! … I have heard the phrase often since then, but where did it come from? -- Sandy Curtis.

Well, live and learn, and welcome to the world of bad hair days. It does seem that your co-worker was using the term figuratively to mean that the person was simply having a difficult day, but literal "bad hair days" when your hair misbehaves are no fun either, and may actually have serious psychological effects on the victim. A study conducted in 2000 at Yale University found that a day when a person’s hair asserts itself in a lumpy, frumpy, flippy, flat or frizzy fashion can cause debilitating feelings of low self-esteem and vulnerability. Surprisingly, researchers found that men are more likely than women to be thrown for a loop by bad hair. Perhaps not so surprisingly, the study was underwritten by a shampoo company.

Tracing the exact origin of "bad hair day" hasn’t been easy. William Safire, in a column on this topic in 1993, traced the phrase to a 1991 comment by comedian Gary Shandling (known for asking "Is my hair all right?" as part of his stand-up routine). In 1995, TV personality Jane Pauley claimed on a number of occasions to have coined the phrase sometime back in the 1970s.

But research by American Dialect Society … uncovered the earliest verified use of the phrase in print, a 1988 column by Susan Swartz in the Houston Chronicle. Significantly, Swartz herself doesn’t claim to have invented "bad hair day" herself, and suspects she may have picked it up from nearby teen-aged girls. But since she is apparently the first one to use the phrase in a published work, Susan Swartz is credited in the Oxford English Dictionary for bringing us "bad hair day."

2. Those of us who are balding beg for an "any kind of hair day." (source:

3. But today we are going to see a man go from sitting on top of the world to fall all the way down and then some…the ultimate bad hair day for a man named Haman.

Main Idea: God sometimes does the absurd by turning "sure things" completely around.

I. Haman and MORDECAI Switch Destinies (6:1-8:2)

A. Act 7: The Turning Point – Haman Made to HONOR Mordecai (6:1-14)

1. When Insomonia changed a nation!

2. Had servants read the chronicles of the kingdom

3. Read about Mordecai saving king from assassination, realized not rewarded

--Haman was an early bird

--probably there to ask the king permission to execute Mordecai

4. Asked Haman how to honor a man; supposed it was himself…

--royal apparel, kings crown, king’s horse, paraded led by high official

5. After this, Haman and his wife knew they were goners…

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