Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday - Esther 3 - Hello Haman

ometimes wicked men are exalted to very high positions of power and influence. Of course, the condition of society suffers greatly when that is the case (Psalm 12:8). In this chapter, we find that King Ahasuerus lifted a man named Haman to a high position in his court; higher than all the rest of his princes. However, rather than using his new-found power positively, he set out in short order to kill every Jew in the world. As far as we can tell, he hadn't previously hated the Jews, but there was one Jew who refused to honor Haman as Haman felt he deserved. So, rather than focusing on his own successes and privileges, he focused on that one small hiccup. He literally allowed the disregard of one man to ruin his career and his life. But, we will get to that later.

The problem, in Haman's eyes, was that one of the king's servants, Mordecai, refused to bow in obeisance before him. Never mind that everyone else DID bow. Never mind that his position wasn't in the least bit threatened by the perceived insolence of Mordecai. Haman was fit to be tied and wanted Mordecai dead. There were 2 very important facts that Haman didn't know though. 1: Mordecai was the queen's cousin and adopted father. 2: the God of Mordecai was omnipotent and would by no means allow the annihilation of His chosen people.

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