The Book of Esther
Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai. Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king. Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.
Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.
Haman is feeling pretty good about himself at this point, and excited over the honors that have been unexpectedly bestowed upon him. He’s in good spirits, and has left the palace joyous over the special banquet he attended with the king and queen. Haman didn’t get far when he was again confronted with the presence of Mordecai, seated at the king’s gate. Mordecai’s fast was over and he was again dressed in his usual fine apparel; seated at the king’s gate, a prominent position appointed by the king. As Haman entered the area, Mordecai didn’t stand up or move for him in any way. Though Haman did not react to Mordecai’s adverse response to him, he did later allow his heart to be enraged with anger against him.
Haman returns to his house where friends gathered to hear of his dinner party with the king and queen. His friends are not only his companions, but they will become his council of advisers along with his wife, Zeresh. Haman boasts of his great riches, the multitude of his children, and how he has been promoted above all the officials and servants of the king. Pride has overtaken Haman’s heart causing him to have an unfavorable attitude of animosity towards Mordecai. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. (Psalm 10:4) Haman allows his wife and friends to raise his confidence in the unlawful premeditated killing of Mordecai. “Build a gallows to hang him by,” they said, and then they suggested, “Return to the king tomorrow and request Mordecai be hanged there.” “Yes,” he said, “I like that!” The plan devised in absolute pride and self-gratification, brought Haman considerable pleasure and satisfaction. Instructions were prearranged to build the gallows before Haman would meet again with the king––what unbelievable arrogance he betrayed!
Thought: Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. (Psalm 73:6) The sin of pride encompassed Haman like a weighty chain and violence covered him like an article of clothing. A man given to his own devices will reap destruction, and pride in the heart of man manifests a multitude of vices, causing fellowship with God to be broken. Haman’s life does not prove him to be a believer, but according to scripture, he was acting out his true character, the fallen nature of man. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes (Psalm 3:10-18). The sin of pride is inevitable in those who do not know Christ, but to the believer, the sin of pride can be forgiven, and forsaken. May we as believers walk in humility and newness of life in Christ, renouncing the sin of pride.