REMEMBER AMALEK – blog series of Growth In Esther
In Esther Chapter 3, we see a sudden change with the appearance of Haman (the old Adamic nature of flesh) arriving on the scene. Somehow Haman, subtly, slipped past the human spirit (Queen Esther) and gained the trust of the human soul (King Ahasuerus). Before you know what occurred, Haman (flesh) began influencing King Ahasuerus with his satanic agenda. Even Queen Esther was unaware of the evil growing in and strutting around the palace. Only Mordecai (Holy Spirit) knew what was occurring. (Proverbs 20:27 “The Spirit of man is the candle for the Lord.”)
We see Haman quickly ascending to the role of prime minister and the battle between the flesh (Haman) and the Spirit (Mordecai) begins to unfold.
Esther 3:1-6 “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. 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. Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king’s commandment? 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. And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, that Haman was full of wrath. And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shown 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.”
It seems frivolous and somewhat ridiculous that one little man (Mordecai) in an entire kingdom could drive Haman to such anger and wrath. Haman is now set upon destroying all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews. Can one man (Mordecai) create an entire uproar to cause an entire race to perish – all for simply not bowing down and reverencing Haman? Remarkable it is.
It seems impossible, but not when one learns that the Biblical ancestry of Haman traces back to Esau – the first born son of Isaac. By being the first born son, Esau stood to inherit Abraham and Isaac’s birthright to be in the messianic line of Jesus. What a privilege! But, Esau rejected his birthright and inheritance. He basically rejected God, wanting to be his own man-made god. (See Genesis 25:19-34.) It is easy to surmise from Esau’s decision that his character easily demonstrates the characteristics of man’s fallen nature, the flesh. The flesh is that satanic-oriented, sin principle of totally rejecting God and becoming one’s own god-made man. (See Genesis 3:1-7.) The flesh, like Satan, will always hate God and God’s children. But the flesh and Satan have already lost due to Calvary. Amen!
This is today the characteristic of every human being (including you and me) born. We are born to commit evil, with a corrupt, sin nature that always opposes and always desires to destroy God and God’s children. The flesh always wants to be first in one’s life, and will do anything along the way to get there and maintain it. So we can easily see why Mordecai is such a threat to Haman. If Haman represents our flesh and Mordecai represents the Holy Spirit, then we have an ongoing, daily battle between the two. And you and I are in the middle of it. This will always occur in one’s life, especially for the born again Christian – two enemies always fighting for the control of the human soul. The Holy Spirit will always fight with love; the flesh will always fight with hatred.
to be continued….