When Haman was enraged when Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, so he decided to kill not just Mordecai himself but the all the Jewish people of whole kingdom of Xerxes.
So, he persuaded King Xerxes by saying “There is a certain people …. do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them”, plus he would give ten thousand talents of silver to the King if the King allowed him to destroy the Jews.
King Xerxes was convinced by such big money from Haman and took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman, the enemy of the Jews and said “Keep the money and do with the people as you please.” (Actually, the money still went to King’s treasury later).
This sounds like a terrible disaster for the Jews. The Jews would be wiped out totally as the King only cared for his best interest, but not God’s. What could Jewish people do? What could Mordecai do to save his people?
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Would I seek my own interest more than God’s interest?
- Do I care more for my own interest over God’s interest?
- Do I use unfair methods to convince others?
Dear Lord, thank you for saving me. You are the Kind of kings, Lord of lords. Everything is in your hand. Help me to care your interest more than anything else. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu