REMEMBER HAMAN! – Growth In Esther blog series Part 4
Now this brings us back to Haman the Agagite in the story of Esther. We will now see Haman’s deep hatred of the Jew Mordecai exhibited.
Haman (Flesh) immediately went to King Ahasuerus (the human soul) with his plot to destroy Mordecai (Holy Spirit) and all God’s people. This is how the flesh works to deceive the human soul with lies (sins) that appear as truth. This is when we become easily tempted and vulnerable to sin. We begin to rationalize with our flesh desires. Then, before we know it, the temptation becomes sin. James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin: when it is finished, bring forth death.”
The Bible consistently says one thing about sin: “Flee from it.”
Esther 3:8-13 “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. If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver in the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasures. And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy. 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… and there was written according to ALL Haman had commanded… in the name of King Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring. 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….”
King Ahasuerus easily trusted the intentions of Haman as good intentions – the same way we easily trust Satan’s temptations of sin in our flesh as good intentions. Unfortunately, sin is never good no matter how enticing it seems. Because King Ahasuerus trusted Haman at his word, Haman easily had direct influence to the king’s thoughts. Haman could easily “mask” his evil intentions as good – exactly as he did when saying “a certain people” would harm the king.
Of course, Haman, just like our flesh, would never mention the people are God’s people. The king was so easily duped that he automatically took Haman at his word and confirmed it by granting his authority to Haman by giving him his signet ring. The signet ring is very significant because it carries the owner’s official seal (as when Joseph in Egypt wore Pharaoh’s signet ring.) The wearer of the signet ring has the authority to represent and take action on behalf of the owner, as he sees fit.
As born again Christians, the Holy Spirit should be wearing our signet ring. Since the Holy Spirit is our seal, let us give Him our ring as a symbol of trust. God’s signet ring shows His stamp of approval in His eyes – all because of what Jesus has done on our behalf. Amen!
- II Corinthians 1:21-22 “Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and had anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”
- Ephesians 1:13 “In Whom (Jesus) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”
Yet, there is still the daily battle between the Spirit and the flesh. The daily outcomes are based on our choices to whom we permit to wear our signet ring, to represent us – either the Holy Spirit or the flesh nature of sin. Also, as King Ahasuerus easily trusted Haman, fortunately for us, the only true word to trust is God Himself. Amen! Alleluia!
Esther 3:15 “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.”
Haman came to the king, “Let’s celebrate with a drink.” The king gladly obliged. They were celebrating the impending extermination of the Jewish nation. Unbeknown to King Ahasuerus, his Queen Esther was included. Yet, the city of Shushan was perplexed.
Have you ever celebrated something with a drink or party (like Haman and the king) only to realize the poor choice for the celebration afterwards? This is what occurs when you indulge your flesh with sin. “Let’s party!” But, people (like those in Shushan) are perplexed, trying to figure out how you can celebrate when death is occurring around you due to the decision you are celebrating.
Have you (like King Ahasuerus) ever trusted someone (especially another Christian) who wound up deceiving you and/or took advantage of your trust? I know I have. Or have you (like Haman) ever abused and taken advantage of the kind deeds of a Christian sister or brother? Let the Holy Spirit reveal the truth to your heart. This reminds me of Jesus’ words of wisdom in dealing with people. Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
We need to be wise and innocent when dealing with people, even Christians. For many Christians have Haman strutting around their palace and calling the shots. Beware of Haman! Beware of Haman in carnal Christians!
Never automatically trust a Christian when you first meet. Permit the Holy Spirit to develop the friendship. Test the motives of the person’s heart. The Holy Spirit will reveal whether they are sincere motives to glorify Jesus or if they are motives of the carnal Christian Haman. The carnal Christian always has a different agenda/motive. The carnal Christian loves Jesus, but the subtle temptations of the flesh are waiting to be revealed and take over. Beware The Sweet Smile of The Carnal Christian Haman!
Also, check your own heart before the Lord to ensure your motives are sincere to only glorify Jesus. I know from experience for I am still learning this lesson. I love the Lord and love to fellowship with the Body Of Christ. I did not realize it then, but fortunately now have been realizing that I have an unmet need for acceptance that comes out. The result is usually that the friendship in Christ grows too quickly. (He/She usually does the same. Only trouble can lie ahead.) My “flesh” need comes from broken relationships. I am just now grateful to understand this further so I can turn it more over to Jesus to meet this need instead. Then, I can minimize Haman and not show my sweet Haman smile of the carnal Christian. Thank You, Jesus!
Knowing the evil, Biblical roots of Haman, it is wise and beneficial to see Haman’s “evil” nature portrayed in the book of Esther. One can read the book of Esther several times and easily gloss over the significant impact of evil that Haman possesses.
Therefore, I have presented this Scriptural chart to clearly display Haman’s evil portrait of “hating the Jews” and being an “enemy of the Jews.” Don’t gloss over these points. They are consistently repeated throughout the book of Esther. See “evil” for what it truly is.
Scripture Profile of Haman’s Hatred
(The Enemy Of The Jews)