Haman!

AlbertEsther 3:1 After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him. And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage. Then the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king’s command?” Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s words would stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew. When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai.

Haman! Haman! Had he been content with his status in the Kings domain! He had the adulation of the Kings men but was not content. Haman was applauded everywhere he went, he had everyone’s attention but Mordecai.  An inconsequential slave like Mordecai not paying homage to me! Haman must have thought. I will deal with him, not only him but his entire race, what nonsense!

You see, Haman did not stop to think things through. I would have asked myself what it was that made Mordecai not to worship me. Who was backing him? What is his defense? I as Haman, would have questioned and deduce that there is more that meet the eyes about this subject called Mordecai, uprooted from his root, yet still standing tall with courage against a force like me – Haman!

Haman’s ego got the best of him like it does most of us. We see in part and base our judgement on that which we know and what we think might be the case. We don’t often ask question in order to know more, that is gain more knowledge in which to base our decisions and judgement. Haman would have found out that Mordecai as a Jew, the people of God, God’s own heritage cannot be annihilated! Can anyone stop the Sun from shining? Or the moon? I think not!

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