Friday, April 15, 2016

Arrogance and Anger

                           Arrogance and Anger

                                  Esther 5:9-14
"Then went Haman forth that day...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..."

Haman has been honored unexpectedly by the queen to be present at a private dinner planned exclusively for him and the king. His spirits are high, and he has left the palace joyous over the special banquet he attended. Haman didn’t get far when he was again confronted with the presence of Mordecai, seated at the king’s gate. 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 unfavorable response to him, he did later allow his heart to be enraged with anger against him.

Haman returned to his house where friends gathered to hear about his personal celebration with the king and queen. Pride has overtaken Haman’s heart causing him to have a critical attitude  and 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. They suggested, “Return to the king tomorrow and request Mordecai be hanged on the gallows.” The plan devised in absolute pride and self-gratification, brought Haman considerable satisfaction.

The sin of pride encompassed Haman like a heavy chain and violence covered him like a weighty cloak (Psalm 73:6).  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. “... There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God...” (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.

Lord, may I walk in humility and newness of life in Christ, repenting of the sin of pride.

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