WHAT A HANGING! – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 10
Once the parade was over, the sulking flesh of Haman ran home to pout and cry. He needed attention and was only going to get it from his evil family and friends. Flesh loves company with other flesh.
The sulking heart of a beaten flesh always looks for a pitiful shoulder to cry on. (I often feel like this when I seek out my friends first, instead of Jesus.) Haman needed to reorganize his plans for his next step. But, the Holy Spirit always comes out ahead of the flesh when He has free reign in the believer’s life.
King Ahasuerus (The human soul) is about, through Queen Esther (the human spirit), to have the truth revealed about Mordecai (the Holy Spirit) and Haman (the flesh). Like King Ahasuerus, when the truth about the flesh and Spirit is revealed, we daily must make wise choices to crucify the flesh and live by the Spirit. May only Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, be glorified in our lives.
The Holy Spirit, through Esther, is about to move in for the kill of Haman. The Holy Spirit never hesitates. And Haman’s own plan he constructed (to hang Mordecai on the gallows) will be used to hang himself instead. As Haman sulked at home and the gallows for Mordecai were ready, the Holy Spirit springs into action to have Haman hung on his own gallows. And what a hanging it will be!
Esther 7:1-6 “So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. And the king said again unto Esther on the second day of the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, Queen Esther? And it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? And it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom. Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O King, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: for we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bandwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king’s damage. Then the King Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so? And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.”
The flesh must be crucified daily and immediately if the born again, child of God is to enjoy life in Christ to the fullest.
King Ahasuerus (The human soul) was now aware of the conflict in his palace between Haman (the flesh) and Esther (his human spirit). If he continued to permit Haman to call the shots in his name, to represent him, then the queen would need to be killed. There was no exception. Esther was a Jew and King Ahasuerus unknowingly (through Haman) ordered the death of his spirit, his queen.
This is the same daily challenge that we face:
- To crucify our Haman so the love of Jesus flows from us or
- To let Haman run our life and quench (hang on the gallows) the Holy Spirit.
That is what the king contemplated when he faced this truth. Again, the same is for us when we see the truth. An immediate choice must be made. Let our spirit be as Esther replied, “The adversary and enemy is this WICKED Haman, my flesh.”
Once you see this truth exposed of your wicked flesh, Haman will go into a desperate panic for survival. For no flesh can ever stand up when the Holy Spirit is in action in the born again Christian. Notice the immediate change in Haman’s demeanor. He now displayed fear before the king and queen.
Now King Ahasuerus needed to take immediate action. The evil truth of Haman has been revealed. If King Ahasuerus chose none, then Haman would still be in control, Esther soon would be killed, and the Holy Spirit through Mordecai quenched.
But, this was Esther’s finest hour. She learned to die to her own way to handle Haman, and trusted in Mordecai’s directions to overcome him. All Esther could do is expose Haman’s evil to the king. It was the king’s authority to act.
That also is all the Holy Spirit can do – show our human spirit the evil of our flesh. Our human spirit then attempts to direct our human soul (King Ahasuerus) to make the proper decisions between the flesh and the spirit.
Esther 7:7-10 “And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw there was evil determined against him by the king. Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Thus was the king’s wrath pacified.” Well done, King Ahasuerus!
Haman pleads for his own life. Yet, he had neither reservation nor hesitation to take the life of all God’s people. This is Haman’s stupidity – the stupidity of flesh. This just shows what a “crybaby” the flesh and Satan are.
Your flesh will cry for mercy to you to save its life. But, be assured, your flesh will NEVER have mercy on you.
You compromise with Haman at your own risk.
This is why Haman must be crucified. Flirt with sin at your own expense, for all whom you are responsible for will also suffer. Yes, when you are flirting with sin, think of those you are responsible for, who depend on you.
Spare your flesh, but your flesh will NEVER spare you.
Remember Saul and the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15). One compromises with flesh at one’s own expense. You see how desperate the flesh gets when Haman throws himself on Esther’s bed, while she is laying on it. This is one of the utmost types of disgrace one can give in that culture.
This is how desperate the flesh is for survival. It knows the Holy Spirit is moving in for the kill, to crucify it; so it acts in desperation with such outlandish behavior. Fortunately, King Ahasuerus (the human soul) made the correct choice. The result is Haman is hung on his own gallows. Alleluia!
Yes, give the flesh enough room and it will hang itself. Amen!
Neither God’s people nor we will hang on the gallows because 2000 years ago Someone hung on a Roman’s gallows and conquered sin, death, flesh, and the devil for all time. He now has risen us with Him into new creations and seated us in heavenly places with Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” What a magnificent God we have! ALLELUIA! GLORY TO HIS NAME FOREVER! “Do You Know Him?”