Pocket Sized Thoughts – Esther – Part 4

Esther 3:1-15 “Then was Haman full of anger” (v.5)

Often, the whims and desires of those who rule have no rhyme, nor reason. The enemy is never slow, through his agents, to creep in with all subtlety to gain positions of authority to destroy righteousness and even God’s people themselves. Such was Haman, whose name means ‘Magnificent’ and he must have certainly thought he was, especially after his very recent promotion. Haman was an Agagite, a descendant of an ancient enemy, the Amalekites. The Amalekites and Agag, their king, were to be destroyed by king Saul, but were spared by him. It was left to the prophet Samuel to perform the divine execution (1 Samuel chapter 15). Some, no doubt escaped, of whom Haman was now their descendant. Both Mordecai and Haman probably recognised the significance of their respective histories and when Mordecai refused to bow, Haman saw his opportunity to exact revenge. Employing means of deceit, authority was duly given to Haman to destroy every Jew, whether young, or old, male, or female, upon a set date. The threat was real and fear began to be felt among the Jews. The days appeared dark and all were shocked. Haman thought his purpose was all but complete and sat down, complacently, to eat and drink with the king. However, he had not reckoned with God, for the Jews were His people and He would protect them. As you do God’s will, there will be many threats and plots against you. Because you are His, you have no need to fear as He will guide you through every danger and every scheme of both men and devils.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that we can hide ourselves in You from every fury of the enemy.”