Esther 3 Part 1–Then Came Hamaan

Things were going great for the People of Israel. Sure they were in exile, but they were able to carry on with their lives, worship God and be treated as everyone else. Well that was until Hamaan stepped in.  Hamaan did not like that Esther’s uncle refused to bow down to Him.  He took ot quite personally.  It bothered him so much, that not only did he want to get rid of Mordechi, but, he wanted to rid the world of the whole lot of Israel.  So as the King’s chief noble, he asked to do just that.  What is more he offered the king a substantial bribe to be allowed to do it.  The Kig did not even blink and gave Hamaan the permission to wipe out Israel and did not even take the bribe!
 
No matter how well things seem to be going in our lives, we need to remember we have an enemy that wants us wiped out.  It is not only Satan and his lot, but the the world culture does not like the princples of  humility, hiliness and selflessness that we as the body of Christ represent.  So, each day, the world looks for a way to minimise, nuetralize and wipe Christianity from the anals of History and the faceof the earth.  We need to be aware that this is spiritual war and we are always at risk.  The great news is that our Father is greater and he prepares, provies and protects us from those that would destroy us.  We simply have to trust Him and allow Him to lead.
 
God Bless You

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 down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down 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.

In the twelfth year of King Xerxes, in the first month, the month of Nisan, the pur (that is, the lot) was cast in the presence of Haman to select a day and month. And the lot fell on[a] the twelfth month, the month of Adar.

Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will give ten thousand talents[b] of silver to the king’s administrators for the royal treasury.”

10 So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11 “Keep the money,” the king said to Haman, “and do with the people as you please.”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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