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May 17, 2019

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Reading along with us in Esther? Here’s today’s reading:

Esther 3 (ESV)

After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him......Continue Reading

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  1. Sneaky way to get rid of Mordecai.

    Scarily similar genocidal directive from another “King”…Hitler. Just because they are different from all the others. Hmmm???

  2. Although it is clear that Haman’s response to Mordecai’s lack of respect is evil, overboard and typical of a worldly person (particularly in that day), I am torn about Mordecai’s not honoring Haman for the position that he received from the king. We assume Mordecai’s character is good and he is seeking God’s will in his interactions. Maybe the level of honoring him was inconsistent with his honoring God as the ultimate authority or he recognized Haman’s evil heart and didn’t think he was worthy of respect. But the Bible chooses to be silent on what Mordecai’s reason is even though he is pressed for an explanation for his actions from the other nobles. But we should certainly honor earthly authority as long it doesn’t compromise our honoring God first and foremost. We also shouldn’t be offended or retaliate if someone doesn’t give us the regard or praise we think we deserve. We live our lives before God and should only care about what He thinks not how people treat us. And we also shouldn’t be tatle tales or be people who should be looking to stir the pot like these nobles do. King Xerxes also doesn’t come of well in the chapter but also acts typical of a despot of his day. “Oh there’s a group of people you don’t like…fine kill them all”, would not be uncommon and has happened in recent history and continues even today. Let’s not make snap judgements like that but treat all people with the love the God enables and calls us to!

  3. Many of my notes indicate that Haman the ‘Agagite’ is descendant of King Agag, an Amalekite. The Amalekites are an ancient enemy of Israel (Exodus 17:8-16). God charged Israel to destroy the Amalekites (Deut 25:17-19) just before entering the promised land.
    King Saul was supposed to kill all of the Amalekites but failed to do so. It was the prophet Samuel who put King Agag to death.
    If Haman is an Amalekite, then here we are centuries later dealing with the consequence of disobedience. Also, it explains the rage that Haman feels toward the Jewish people and why he wants to destroy all Jews in the kingdom.

    Also, I had the same thoughts as Pastor Peter as I read this chapter. I don’t fully understand how paying homage to an elected ruler is equivalent to worshipping them, but perhaps in that culture, it was the same as elevating someone as ‘a god’. Obviously, this type of homage is wrong.

  4. 13Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with instruction to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods.

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