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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 befor…

Seeking Self-Satisfaction

                                                                             Seeking Self-Satisfaction
Esther 6:1-9

After the banquet with Queen Esther and Haman, King Ahasuerus could not sleep and sent for the book of records to be read before him. Do you think it was a coincidence that the king couldn’t sleep, or was it the providence of God? “A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). God, in His sovereignty, overrules the intentions of men to fulfill His purposes. Sometimes, God, accomplishes His greatest work in the hearts of men in the middle of the night, while they lay upon their beds.

Mordecai had gone unrewarded for saving the life of the king–––not a good reflection of the kings character. Haman, on the other hand, was up all night planning and plotting to have Mordecai hanged. Haman came to the palace early that morning and the king, hoping someone would be in court early, immediately summonsed Haman to come into his presence––an un…

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, …

God's in Control

God’s in Control

Esther 5:1-8

The time has come for Esther to approach the king with uncertainty and the threat of death looming over her. The preparation and planning of this moment was of the utmost importance and Esther took every precaution to fulfill court protocol. Esther now stands before the king seated upon the throne. He peers through the columns of the royal palace and sees Esther in all of her beauty and fine apparel. What will be his response? Will he give acceptance to come forward or will he deny her the right to approach him? The scene is dramatic and gripping as the king extends his golden scepter to Esther. This indicated acceptance and that she may step forward to touch the tip of the scepter.

The king must have been surprised at Esther’s unannounced appearance and thought that her request had to be an urgent one to reveal herself before him unexpectedly. The king’s response to her is in the form a question, “What is thy request?” and then declares, “It shall be even g…

Refuse the King?

                  Refuse the King?

                                Esther 1:10-22
...when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded...the seven chamberlains...  bring Vashti the queen before the king...to shew the people...her beauty, for she was fair to look on.

The banquet hall at Shushan the palace was impressively beautiful. The King provided food at this banquet which was delightful and extravagant along with the over abundance of wine to be indulged. When the king’s heart was merry with much wine, he requested the presence of Queen Vashti (his most beautiful and prized possession) to come before his guests to show her beauty; “for she was fair to look on.” Queen Vashti, for some reason we do not know, refused to obey the command of the king. The queen’s disregard for King Ahasuerus’ authority made him very angry with her.

Usually, Persian queens ate at the king’s table; but, Queen Vashti was having her own banquet for the women of the kingdom and must have feared thi…