Friday, April 29, 2016

The Hatred of Haman

                  
                The Hatred of Haman
                                     Esther 7:1-10

Haman has plotted against the Jewish people and become a prideful man with plans to murder Mordecai. But man’s plans are not always God’s plans.  Haman’s scheme will soon be put to an end. Esther planned a second banquet and was expecting the king and Haman to attend. The king asks again what is Esther’s desire or request. The king would give Esther half his kingdom to know her wishes. Esther begins with a plea, “... For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish.” The king is astounded at this news and wants to know who is responsible for this plan. Esther answers, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.”

Can you imagine Haman choking on his food when Queen Esther accused him of being the one who plotted against her people?  The Bible says, “Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.” Haman, realized the king was furious when he left the room. Haman stood up to plead before Queen Esther to spare his life. The irony of Haman’s plot is contrary to what he expected–– the outcome was deadly. The king will order Haman to be hanged upon the gallows that he, Haman, had expected to hang Mordecai upon.

Do we ourselves desire circumstances that would harm or injure someone we are angry with? Have we plotted and planned how we will take care of this matter even down to the final detail? My friend, I pray you will consider the consequences that Haman endured and seek to forgive rather than punish. Hatred in the heart of man is murder according to 1 John 3:15, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” Seeking revenge and not allowing God to work all things out for His glory and for your good is robbing God of His responsibility and right as an All-Powerful and All-Sufficient God.

Lord,  I repent of any hatred in my heart against another.

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