Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Esther 3:7-11

7 The lot was cast in front of Haman. That was done to choose a day and a month. It was the 12th year that Xerxes was king. It was in the first month. That was the month of Nisan. The lot chose the 12th month. That was the month of Adar. The lot was also called pur. 8 Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “Certain people are scattered among the nations. They live in all of the territories in your kingdom. Their practices are different from the practices of all other people. They don’t obey your laws. It really isn’t good for you to put up with them. 9 “If it pleases you, give the order to destroy them. I’ll even add 375 tons of silver to the royal treasures. You can use it to pay the men who take care of the matter.” 10 So the king took his ring off his finger. The ring had his royal seal on it. He gave the ring to Haman. Haman was the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite. He was the enemy of the Jews. 11 “Keep the money,” the king said to Haman. “Do what you want to with those people.”

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:

  1. Would I seek my own interest more than God’s interest?
  2. Do I care more for my own interest over God’s interest?
  3. 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

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