The Holy Spirit ALWAYS Thwarts The Flesh – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 8
Haman’s ego was over-inflated. He excitedly ran home to share his evil heart with family and friends. BUT, he met the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) along the way. Suddenly his demeanor changed. The Holy Spirit is always there to thwart the flesh and Satan.
Esther 5:9-14 “Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai. Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king. Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and tomorrow I am invited unto her also with the king. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate. Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman: and he caused the gallows to be made.”
Haman believed himself to be the most honored in the kingdom. He boasted of all his successes. Yet, he considered that worth nothing as long as Mordecai was alive. Remarkable how the flesh (Haman) is never satisfied. This is a sharp contrast to the apostle Paul saying all his gains were worthless in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ intimately. I concur. Philippians 3:7-11 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count ALL things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”
Haman figured he had it in with King Ahasuerus and could easily influence him – as evidenced when he tricked the king to authorize the extermination of all God’s people. Haman will now execute the hanging of Mordecai; he only needs the king’s permission.
The flesh will always attempt to execute (silence) the Holy Spirit in us; it only needs our permission. But, the Holy Spirit awakens our spirit within to the evil of our flesh – just as Mordecai awakened Esther to the evils of Haman. Now the Holy Spirit needs our permission to execute our flesh. Will you give it to Him daily? As evil as the surroundings and trials are we go through, the Holy Spirit always comes through for us. We will now see this unfold as Haman approaches King Ahasuerus to have Mordecai hung on the gallows.
Esther 6:1-3 “On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought who lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.” Here we see God at work behind the scenes by causing King Ahasuerus to have a sleepless night. God always ensures that His will is carried out – in His time. (And often He waits for the last minute. That way we know confidently that it is God who did it.)
Esther 6:1-3 shows the goodness of Mordecai being shown to King Ahasuerus. The king is very touched that Mordecai had saved his life. (We previously saw this event occurring in Esther 2:19-23). The king now has a deep respect for Mordecai and is considering how to honor him for his good deed. The king wants to honor Mordecai; Haman has just entered the outer court to receive the king’s permission to hang Mordecai.