The Holy Spirit ALWAYS Irritates & Fools The Flesh – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 9
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.
This is the example of the internal spiritual struggle we go through daily. We want to honor God the Holy Spirit while at the same time our flesh wants to hang Him.
How well can you relate? Talk about confusion.) King Ahasuerus (The human soul) has not yet recognized his conflict. King Ahasuerus is not yet aware of the intimate love between his Queen Esther and Mordecai.
Esther 6:4-9 “And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for him. And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in. So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself? And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: and let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.”
Haman did not even have a chance to petition the king to have Mordecai hung. But, we can only imagine the happiness he felt upon hearing about the honor that the king wanted to bestow. Who, but himself, could this be for? After all, he had it in with the king, evidenced by him wearing the king’s signet ring. And now he had it in with the queen. It was to be two consecutive nights of banqueting – just Haman with the king and queen. Now, in between the two banquets, the king wants to honor him. Nothing could top this weekend for Haman! Just imagine his puffed-up pride. This is “HAMAN WEEKEND!”
Haman is such an excellent example of how the flesh works. The flesh always wants to be the center of attention and to have unlimited power. The flesh will do whatever it has to secure this power. It will deceive, manipulate, pacify, murder, sulk, etc. The flesh will never reveal its true, evil intentions. Otherwise, it might not get its way. The flesh will adapt itself to any situation in order to keep its identity and evil agenda hidden. We will see this abrupt change again in Haman (from happiness to disappointment) when he hears the king’s reply to his suggestion.
Mordecai ALWAYS seems to get under Haman’s skin.
The Holy Spirit, also, ALWAYS irritates our flesh.
Esther 6:10-14 “Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour. And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered. And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him. And while they were yet talking with him, came the king’s chamberlains, and hastened to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.”
Poor Haman! Poor Flesh! Haman was stunned by the king’s request to honor Mordecai. Haman thought, “How could Mordecai gain access to the king and be in favor with him? How could Mordecai slip past me?”
My personal answer to Haman (and to my flesh) is, “Easy, Haman! Mordecai is the Holy Spirit, Someone you are powerless against when He has free reign in a Christian’s life. He crucified you on Calvary. I see you need to be reminded again.” If Mordecai had favor with King Ahasuerus, then Haman knew it was only a matter of time before his evil intentions will be revealed. He was so befuddled as to how Mordecai gained the trust of King Ahasuerus.
Purposely, the flesh forgets about Calvary and its death there.
There was no time to speculate; Haman had to act quickly to save face – just as our flesh always trys to do. Haman knew to keep his mouth shut and go along with the king’s orders to honor Mordecai.
Before Haman could sulk, he needed to “parade” Mordecai around, dressed in the king’s royal apparel. Haman decided to “fake” his intentions toward Mordecai and boast through his voice the “good” things of Mordecai that King Ahasuerus wanted recognized.
Haman “parading” Mordecai before others is an example of a carnal Christian boasting (parading) about his Christian works in the power of the flesh – just as Saul did by sparing the “best” of the Amalekites to offer up to God.
The flesh parades the Holy Spirit in front of people – only because the flesh wants to be recognized and glorified. The flesh wants attention, always. How sickening! This is such a pathetic sight – the flesh “masquerading” to honor its enemy, the Holy Spirit. May only the Holy Spirit be seen in all our actions. And no Haman whatsoever.
May we never compromise with our Haman flesh. Christians frequently offer “flesh” Christian works and ministry to God when He has already condemned them. Then they boast about them to show off. This must cease. May we only boast of Jesus.