Saturday, May 7, 2016

Esther-Hamon's Confidence

By Mary Vee
Esther 5


From Haman's Journal



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My name is Haman. The king promoted me to second in command for the entire Babylon Empire a short time ago. 

I am very important, and wanted to make sure you realized just how important I am. 

Today, Queen Esther invited me to a banquet along with the king. Had she simply invited me, I would have considered it more of a meeting of some sort. I can't imagine her having anything of importance to say to me. Surely I have more power and influence over the king than her.

But when she invited me along with the king, and the king insisted on insuring I knew...well, can I just say there is no further proof needed. I am truly a very important man.

You should have seen the banquet room. The decorations, the food, the cutlery, the plates, all worthy of someone of my importance. At last I am being recognized for my skills and intelligence. 

After the meal, the king asked Queen Esther what gift she wanted in return. Do you know what she said? She asked for the opportunity to give another banquet for the king and me. I could hardly believe my ears. Life could not get any better.

I'm going to rush home and tell my wife. We can build a bigger home, eat rich foods like the important people we are. Buy anything we want. I'm so excited!

I walked out of the palace to go home and saw that despicable man, Mordecai at the gate. Each person I passed bowed to me, as I deserved, except that disrespectful Mordecai. Not only did Mordecai not bow, but he showed no fear of me. Like he actually thought I wouldn't punish him.

Fiery anger burned inside of me. I wanted to punish him right then and there, but this would not have been appropriate for the man who has second highest power in the land. No. I took a breath and chose to go home. There I'd make a plan that would punish Mordecai appropriately.

Mordecai will see, as will everyone in the kingdom, that I have the power to do as I please and will punish anyone who gets in my way.

...come back to read what happens next.

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sources: New International Version, New King James Version  


1. Why was Haman so happy?
2. What did he want to do and have?
3. Haman decided to go home after the meal, who did he see on the way?
4. What did that person not do?
5. Why did this bother Haman?
6. What did Haman plan to do?
7. Why did Haman feel he could do that?

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