Thursday, March 26, 2009

Haman and Mordecai Face Off Esther 3

Esther 3:5 "And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath." See also Daniel chapter 3.

Haman is one of the kings men who was promoted to the top spot under the king. The people were required to bow to him when he passed as they would bow for the king. Mordecai refused to do so.

v3 "Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transfressest thou the king's commandment?"

They let this go on for a while but finally reported the disobedience to Haman. Haman took personal offence instead of actually being offended for the king's commandment. Instead of getting mad at Mordecai, Haman got mad at the whole race of Jewish people.

v8 "And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws; therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them."

Haman carried his offense to the king, not for the kings sake (actually) but for his own ego because Mordecai would not bow to him. The king turned the lions lose on the Jewish people and made a decree that they could be killed and their possessions taken for spoil.

v15 "The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed."

Haman seems to have accomplished his purpose. He has convinced the king to allow the Jews to be killed and he is now having a drink with the king.

But we should not forget about Esther. Remember she has not yet revealed that she too is a Jew. Mordecai will ask for her help in the next chapter.

Psalm 34:1 "I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth."

Haman plots to kill the Jews.

Esther and the King.

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