Having the courage to speak up for what is right can be frightening but realizing that if you don’t do it could hurt many people including those closes to you. There is the possibility of backlash or something worse, but on the other hand there could be a blessing in the end.
Haman, a descendant of the royal line of Agag, therefore being an Amalekite was angered at Mordecai’s refusal to bow to hm and respect his position. Discovering that Mordecai was a Jew he plotted to kill every Jew and casting a lot would allow this massacre to take place on a certain day of the year. However, the plan never came to fruition because Esther, the Queen of Persia, bravely stepped forward with the help of her relative Mordecai and saved the Jews. Exodus 17:16 (KJV) For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. Even though God was not mentioned in the book of Esther we see the miracles of God at work, events orchestrated in such a way to bring God’s plans to pass. Haman had one plan, but God turned it around for the good of his people. Esther was example of a woman with great courage.
Ch. 1-3 King Ahasuerus’ wife refused to come before him when he called for her, prompting the King to look for another Queen. Mordecai suggested Esther, his Uncle’s daughter to be considered. The King loved Esther and she had grace and favor with the King. At a particular time, Mordecai over heard the plot to hurt the King he relayed it to Esther who told the King and they were hanged. Haman was promoted by the King and honored by everyone but Mordecai refused to bow and reference him. When Mordecai stated he was a Jew, Haman convinced the King that a certain group of people were not following the King’s laws and should be done away with.
Reflect: Vashti disobeyed her husband. Was she tired of being paraded in front of people close to the King? Esther was beautiful but more willing to be submissive. Haman was self-absorbed, showing no signs of humbleness.
Ch. 4-6 Mordecai pleaded with Esther to tell the king and this was not the time to think of only herself. Esther planned it carefully when she would tell the king. Esther was concerned about the king’s rules she knew it was not her time to see the king and anyone who tried to approach the king at an unappointed time was put to death. Esther dressed in royal attire and the king noticed and asked Esther what she desired. She requested a feast with Haman as a guest.
Reflect: Esther knew the king’s laws and was willing to perish to save her people. She didn’t move hastily she asked those close to her to fast and pray. She was submissive, she followed all the rules but this was bigger than her and she needed to do what was right and speak up no matter the consequences. Esther calculated everything, when and where it would take place. God was putting things in order and using Esther to get it done. In the meantime, the king couldn’t sleep and began reading the chronicles, upon which he realized Mordecai had not been honored for saving his life. Haman on the other hand is thinking it’s all about him, but it all was going to be turned around in due time.
Ch. 7-10 The king was informed of Haman’s plot to kill the Jews and was put to death in the manner in which he was planning to kill Mordecai. Esther, with that same courage asked the king to reverse the letter drafted to destroy the Jews. With the king’s permission the Jews were permitted to destroy anyone that came up against them and Haman’s sons were also killed. The king favored Esther and granted her whatever she desired.
Reflect: Haman was boastful and pride got in the way, so the wrong he committed came back on him. The king loved Esther, she was a woman that honor the king and stayed in her position as the queen therefore made it easy for her to have favor and grace with the king and that favor in the end extended to her relatives. Sometimes we have to be like Esther and step out on faith even when it is going against the things we’ve always done or believed in our minds to be right.
It reminds us of Joseph’s brothers, when they did him wrong. Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring it to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
God can use whomever he chooses to use, his ways are not our ways. It may be uncomfortable to speak up for truth and righteousness but know that the all-knowing God is with you.
|Vashti – Refuse to follow the king’s rules Not submissive
Esther – Submissive, favor and grace with the king. Fast and prayed before making a decision. Good relationship with her family and the king. She stepped out on faith.
Haman – Not humble
Only looking out for himself
Fell out of favor with the King
Ordered killed by the king
Sons also killed
|Mordecai – cared about the wellbeing of others…Esther, the King and the Jews.
Gained favor with the King
Defeated his enemies
Seated in a new position (Haman’s old position next to the king)
History fact: Purim – a Jewish festival to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plot to kill the Jews. It is celebrated on the 14th and 15th days of Adar, the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar.