by Harley Howard

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Esther Chapter 3 and 4 (3 of 6)
Series: The Book of Esther
Dr. Harley Howard
Esther 3-4

Esther Chapter 3

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.

Now we are introduced to the villain of the story, Haman. The king
made Haman great by promoting him as being above all of the
nobles that were with him. More than likely this was a big affair.
Haman was given a seat of honor and dignity which came along
with it power and authority.

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.

Mordecai refused to reverence Haman. He would not prostrate
himself down to the ground to satisfy Haman's self-seeking idolatry.
Bear in mind that the order to bow before Haman came from the
king. Everyone bowed, except Mordecai. He refused to be a part of
this worship of Haman. The religion of a Jew forbade him to give
honors to any mortal man which savored of idolatry, especially to
so wicked a man as Haman. It wasn't that Mordecai would not give
the proper respect to Haman, but when this homage bordered on
worship he would not bow. This reminds me of the 3 Hebrew boys
during the time of Daniel. They showed great respect to king
Nebuchadnezzer, until he demanded the same type of worship that
Haman wants; a bowing down in homage to a god. They refused,
as did Mordecai. The true believer cannot obey edicts, or conform
to fashions, which break the law of God. He must obey God rather
than man, and leave the consequences to him. Haman was full of
wrath as we will see.

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
heark ...

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