[CF Devotionals] 2014-01-27 - What Would Haman Say?

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Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman.” Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. (Esther 7:6 NIV)

Life was going great. King Xerxes appointed me Prime Minister. Due to the post, all the kings’ officials had to bow to me. All did except Mordecai, due to his Jewish faith. I was outraged that Mordecai got away with not bowing. I made it my mission to not only destroy Mordecai, but also all the Jewish people. I talked to the king very delicately about this matter. I didn’t name names; I just discussed with the king how there was a group who refused to obey his laws, and that was reason enough for them to die. The naive king had faith in me, and said I should do what is best.

Even though I had my plan in place, it still bothered me that Mordecai did not bow down to me. I discussed the situation with my wife Zeresh and our friends. At their urging, I ordered gallows built to hang Mordecai.

Later on, King Xerxes asked my opinion about how to honor a man. Naturally I presumed he was talking about me. I told the king to give the man a robe, horse, crown, and to lead the honoree in the streets. To my shock, the idea was wasted on Mordecai. Mordecai was the man the king planned to honor for past courageous work, not me.

I was so humiliated. I went home and consulted my wife Zeresh and friends again. They weren’t very comforting, and told me there was no way I could oppose Mordecai now. Before I could stop my plan against the Jews, I was sent to a banquet with the king and queen, where my plan was exposed. I begged Queen Esther for a second chance, but it was all in vain. The king ordered me hanged, oddly enough, on the gallows I had made for Mordecai.

Lord, Don’t let me be a step behind. Keep my enemies from all harm, and give them a reason not to be my enemy any longer. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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