Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Esther-Hamon Thirst for Revenge

By Mary Vee
Esther 3

From Haman's Journal

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My name is Haman 

I am a very powerful person in the empire. King Xerxes has promoted me above all the nobles. He has honored me. That means that all the people of the empire should also honor me.

Each one should bow to me and understand my importance when I walk or ride past them.

Each person should feel honored to hear my voice.

And they do. 

Except that despicable Mordecai.

He claims that his heritage as a Jew does not allow him to give me the honor I deserve. 

That just makes my blood boil. 

I took a breath and then thought. Yes. If I could come up with the perfect plan, I wouldn't punish just Mordecai. No. No. No. I will punish all his people. Every single Jew in all of Xerxes kingdom.

It is the twelfth year Xerxes has been in power. The time had come for me to end my misery with Mordecai and the Jewish people living here. Yes. I rolled my hands together. I will rid this kingdom of Mordecai.

I asked permission to speak to Xerxes. 

Xerxes said yes.

I walked forward to his throne and bowed. "Your majesty, There is a certain people living among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of every other people group. They do not obey the king's laws. In truth, your Majesty, it is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them." 

I glanced up at the king to see the expression on his face. He seemed very interested in what I was saying, so I took a chance and kept going.

"If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them. To show how important this request is, I will put ten thousand talents of silver into the royal treasury as payment to the men who will carry out this business."

...come back to read what happens next.

sources: New International Version, New King James Version  

1. Why did Haman dislike Mordecai?
2. Who else did Haman decide to punish?
3. What did Haman tell the king?
4. What did Haman ask the king?

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