CHOSEN: Pride & Prejudice: Esther 3

MAIN POINTS

  1. Haman’s Offence (1-4)
  2. Haman’s Revenge (1-6)
  3. Haman’s pretence (8-9)

 
REMEMBER

  • Free will & God’s Sovereignity are not mutually exclusive
  • Reality check – injustice is real – don’t be surprised
  • Reality check – beware temptation to take revenge
  • Reality check – beware of impatience – wait for the whole picture
  • Reality check – beware of lack of trust – ‘control’ issues
     

QUOTES

‘Life is filled with sharp corners and hard floors. Try as we may to cushion ourselves from the bumps and brace ourselves for the falls, pain is inescapable. It comes with the territory. We can’t huddle ourselves in some cave to avoid it. Neither can we hope that our faith will insulate us from the cold, hard realities of life.’   C. Swindoll

 

EXTRA (background to Mordecai vs. Haman conflict)

Haman was an “Agagite,” which could mean he came from a district in the empire known as Agag. But it could also mean that he was descended from Agag, king of the Amalekites (1 Sam. 15:8). If the latter is the case, then we can easily understand why Haman hated the Jews: God had declared war on the Amalekites and wanted their name and memory blotted off the face of the earth.

The story goes back to the time of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt (Ex. 17:8-15), when the Amalekites attacked God’s weary people in the rear ranks of the marching nation (Deut. 25:18). After Moses commanded Joshua to fight against Amalek, he interceded on the mountain, and Joshua won a great victory. God told Moses to write in a book that He had declared war on the Amalekites and would one day utterly destroy them because of what they had done to His people. Moses reminded the Israelites of the Amalekites’ treacherous attack before they entered the Promised Land (Deut. 25:17-19).

It was Saul, the first king of Israel, whom God commanded to destroy the Amalekites (1 Sam. 15); and he failed in his commission and lost his own crown. (It was an Amalekite who claimed he put Saul to death on the battlefield. See 2 Sam. 1:1-10.) Because Saul didn’t fully obey the Lord, some Amalekites lived; and one of their descendants, Haman, determined to annihilate his people’s ancient enemy, the Jews. It’s worth noting that King Saul, a Benjamite, failed to destroy the Amalekites; but Mordecai, also a Benjamite (Est. 2:5), took up the battle and defeated Haman. It’s also worth noting that the founder of the Amalekites was a descendant of Esau (Gen. 36:12), and Esau was the enemy of his brother Jacob. This was another stage in the age-old conflict between the flesh and the Spirit, Satan and the Lord, the way of faith and the way of the world.

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