Haman: An Evil Ruler
Another Great Weekly Topic!
There was a man named Haman in the days of Esther, and he was a ruler in those days. Similar to the role of the Vice President in the US, and although he was the king’s right hand man, he was evil.
Esther 3:1-6 Haman After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt, and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel or pay him honor.
Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” Day after day they spoke to him, but he refused to comply. Therefore, they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.
When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.. (NIV)
We see in the passage above, that there was a problem in the relationship between Mordecai (Esther’s guardian), and Haman the King’s right-hand man.
Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman when he is passing by because he was aware of a plot Haman had made to kill the King. This information was recorded but no one really knew about it. Haman was angry that Mordecai was not acknowledging his greatness, so he put together a plan to kill not only Mordecai but all Jews.
The Jews are God’s chosen people. He made a covenant with them, one example, He promised Noah that He would not destroy the earth by water again. (that is a promise from God)
A covenant relationship is like a marriage where a man and a woman vow to love, and serve each other until death separate them.
Mordechai refused to bow to Haman because he was in a covenant relationship with God and vow to bow and worship God and God alone. This covenant is referred to as the old covenant, that is, the ten commandments. The Jews were under the law, but we are under a new covenant because Jesus died and fulfilled all ten commandments, He fulfilled the law.
NEW COVENANT – GRACE
Because of Jesus and His sacrifice, we are now under grace. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
HAMAN’S PLOT – Esther 3:8-10
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain.
If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king’s business, to put into the king’s treasuries.”
Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.
Haman thought then that he had victory over Mordecai, however, God had a plan to protect His people.
Next week we will look at God’s plan and the way He used Esther by giving her specific instructions that got them delivered. You will not want to miss it.
My encouragement to you today is to trust God in every situation, He loves you and promise never to leave you nor forsake you. He keeps His promises, only believe.
We are praying for you, please let us know how we can help you.
God bless, Valerie♥
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