Enter Haman and His Evil Plot

Enter Haman and His Evil Plot

WEEK 31:

Esther 3:1-15  1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. 2 And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence. 3 Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king’s commandment? 4 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew. 5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. 6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai. 7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. 8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them. 9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries. 10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy. 11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee. 12 Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king’s lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring. 13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. 14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day. 15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

Chapter 3 introduces us to Haman, the villain in the story, who became second in command in the empire. He was an arrogant man, and he demanded that everyone bow down to him. Everyone did, except Mordecai (verse 2). This so incensed Haman that he succeeded in getting the king to issue an edict that all the Jews in the land should be destroyed (verses 8-15).

“After these things” begins the chapter. Again, it suggests that a period of time has taken place before these accounts are recorded. Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite was promoted by the king (Esther 1:3). It is interesting to note that had king Saul obeyed the LORD and killed all, Haman would never have been born.

1 Samuel 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek,and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

1 Samuel 15:8: And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

1 Samuel 15:9: But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen…………..

Saul was the first king of Israel. The LORD told Samuel to anoint Saul king when the people demanded for a king to rule over them (1 Samuel 8:5). Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin – the smallest tribe of the 12 in Israel. He was a Benjamite.

The time of Esther arrived 550 years after the death of Agag, but in spite of such passage of time, neither Haman the Agagite nor Mordecai the Benjamite had forgotten the tribal feud that still smouldered in their souls. This explains why Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman (Esther 3:2, 3) and why Haman so viciously attempted to exterminate the Jewish race (Esther: 3:5, 6, 13). As expected, God’s prophecy to extinguish the Amalekites (Exodus 17:14; Deut 25: 17-19) and God’s promise to preserve the Jews (Genesis17:1-8) prevailed.

The Amalekites in Scriptures is the type of the flesh. We are to put to death the deeds of the flesh. We are to deal with the flesh and sin in our lives, if not, it will deal with us. Haman was an Amalekite – a descendant of king Agag, who if king Saul had slew as commanded to by the LORD, Haman would never have been born. To obey is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

Haman was very angry with Mordecai. Haman demanded worship and obeisance from all who came into his presence. All bowed before Haman since the king had elevated him to that position of being second in command – all that is except Mordecai. Mordecai purposed in his heart that he would only bow to the LORD of his fathers – Yahweh. He would not submit nor bow to man. The others who bowed down to Haman could not understand how Mordecai had the guts to transgress the king’s commandment (Esther 2:2). Simply put, Mordecai told them that he was a Jew.

That made Haman even more animated and furious. He was full of wrath, and sought not only to hurt Mordecai, but he just decided to go the whole nine yards and slaughter the entire Jewish race. I wonder if he knew his history – about king Saul? Saul who was supposed to kill all, but spared king Agag alive. Did Haman have such an intense hatred for the Jews that he sought to completely destroy them? It would appear so. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Mr Hitler springs to mind!

This was a demonic and satanic plan – to get rid of the Jews completely. It takes us right back to the garden. Cain slew Able because he was jealous that God accepted Able’s offering, but the LORD rejected Cain’s offering (Genesis 4:4-5). What about Moses? There arose out of Egypt a new king who did not know about Joseph and his brothers (Exodus 1:8). The Jews were fruitful and increased abundantly, and multiplied and waxed exceedingly mighty, and the land was filled with them (Exodus 1:7). The Pharaoh saw the Israelites as a threat – so he orders that all male children born be slaughtered (Exodus 1:16, 22). It was during that decree that went forth from Pharaoh, that Moses was born – but he was hidden for three months (Exodus 2:2). Now it is well documented of the exploits that Moses conducted, and how the LORD used him to take His children out of bondage and into the wilderness for 40 years. Left to the Pharaoh, Moses would have been dead. Likewise, we see a similar account in Matthew 2:16 – when king Herod finally clocked that he had been deceived by the wise men, he ordered that all male children under the age of two be murdered. Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus. All these men mentioned including Haman were all demonically possessed. They are all a type of antichrist.

Lots are cast to determine when to destroy the Jews. Was that the catalyst that was required by Haman to release God’s hand to show who His people are? Haman is hell bent on destroying the chosen people of God. Surely God is about to show up now?

Genesis 12:3: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and to thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  God speaking to Abram here.

It would appear that Haman has just pronounced a curse upon himself, by advocating to destroy the Jews. Bad, bad, bad mistake. God will surely show up now. This is how they made important decisions in those days. They would cast lots. Again – although His name is not mentioned, we can see that God is at work – in the background. It’s like a game of Chess. The LORD has patiently waited for Haman to make his move. Now it’s Gods turn to make His move.

Haman deceives and manipulates the king by telling him that their laws are diverse from all people. Nor do they keep the kings’ laws. Let’s destroy them. Oh – and I’ll pay ten thousand talents into the pot oh king if only you will grant my request. So the king – takes his word for it – he doesn’t do due diligence to investigate the complaint – he simply takes Haman at his word, he removes his ring and gives it to Haman, and gives him free rein to do as he will unto that people (Esther 3:8-11).

Haman has succeeded in lying to the king. But he has promised ten thousand talents into the kings’ coffers. Where is he supposed to get that kinda money? Well – that’s simple – Haman is going to plunder the Jews. After all the Jews were an industrious people. They excelled in commerce; business; land ownership – the were a prosperous people.

Wasting no time, the decree went forth, letters were sent to all 127 provinces that the king ruled and reigned over to destroy and kill the Jews, and cause to perish, both old and young, little children and women, upon the 14th day of the month of Adar – all in one day. There was to be no reprieve. The month of Adar in our Gregorian calendar falls in the month of February or March. The Jews were to be terminated all in one day in the month of Adar. Nine months’ notice was given before the execution date (Esther 3:13).