Thanks to Mordecai, the plot to assassinate King Xerxes was exposed in time to save his life and the perpetrators were caught and executed.
Esther 3:1 “After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman…elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.”
Whenever someone is exalted; whenever someone is “lifted up,” others will be drawn to them.
“ Jesus said…Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. “ (John 12: 30-32)
Xerxes “elevated” Haman. He exalted Haman. He lifted him up above all the other nobles and the entire nation was drawn to him and deceived by him. King Xerxes knew that listening to Mordecai had saved his life, but Mordecai is still not allowed in the palace. Instead, the king welcomes and honors a man named Haman; a man who seemed to come out of nowhere.
Xerxes makes Haman the most important; most powerful man in the entire kingdom; second only to him. Why would Xerxes do that? Whatever possessed him to give so much honor and power to someone has never done a thing to help the king or the nation?
There’s probably a lot of reasons. Haman had his own personal agenda. But one thing is certain; Haman would never tell the king something the king didn’t want to hear. Haman would never confront; he’d never challenge; he’d never upset the king by telling him the truth.
Basically, Haman was a deceiver. He was a master manipulator. He was a liar and now he’s second in command in the kingdom of Persia. You could say Haman represents Satan. You could say he represents the Antichrist. But whatever you say, the point is that in spite of what happened in the past; in spite of what was recorded in their nation’s history; the leadership of Persia has just turned its’ back on the truth. They completely ignored the truth of Proverbs 14:34 – that “righteousness exalts a nation.”
People are drawn to a righteous nation but sin is a disgrace to any people. With total disregard to the wisdom that had blessed them in the past, they allowed themselves to drift away from the truth and formed an unholy alliance with something very evil; something very destructive and very demonic. Xerxes has just opened the door of his heart and his nation to the deceptive and manipulative control of Haman.
Esther 3:2a “All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him.”
The king commanded everyone; he passed a law requiring everyone to honor Haman. While Mordecai, who represents the truth; the truth that had once made their nation great, is forced to remain outside the gate; forgotten and ignored.
Esther 3: 2b-3 “But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor. Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, ‘Why do you disobey the king’s command?’”
Refusing to obey the king’s command could cost him his life, but “Mordecai would not kneel down or pay honor” to Haman.
Esther 3:4 “Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply. They told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.”
Mordecai stubbornly refused to become politically correct. Day after day, he refused to deny or compromise the truth. Jesus had to deal with this when He began His earthly ministry.
In Matthew 4: 1-11 “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”
Satan tried to get Jesus to turn stones into bread. He challenged Jesus to jump off the highest point of the temple to prove He really was the Son of God. He showed Him all the Kingdoms of the world and said, “All this I will give you…if you will bow down and worship me,” but Jesus refused to comply. The devil left, but he didn’t give up. He wasn’t finished with Jesus yet.
Esther 3:5 “When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.”
Haman’s anger toward Mordecai ignited into a burning rage because Mordecai continually refused to submit to him.
Esther 3:6 “Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.”
Haman hated everything Mordecai stood for and was determined to vent all his anger and release his rage on Mordecai’s people. Mordecai’s people would be experiencing the brunt; the full fury of Haman’s anger and frustration.
Are you identifying with this at all? Satan is not content to take on Jesus because he knows he can’t possibly defeat Him. In fact, he know he’s already lost. So he’s focused what little time he has left to destroying as many followers of Christ as he possibly can. He’s determined to destroy the Church.
As a nation, we have tragically allowed ourselves to forget the lessons of our own history and we have gradually drifted away from the truth that made this nation great and we have formed an unholy alliance with something demonically evil; with a mindset and a philosophy that is hostile to everything God stands for.
As I think about everything that’s happening in our world right now, I have to ask myself; do I bow down with the world or do I stand up for Jesus? Do I conform to the thinking of this world or do I stand up for my Savior and experience the fullness of Satan’s rage?
Come up with an answer and meet me back here next Tuesday. Thanks for being in God’s Word with pastor Buj.