Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Esther-You Will Come to Ruin, Haman

By Mary Vee
Esther 6

From Haman's Journal

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My name is Haman. I am King Xerxes' second in command for all of Babylon. 

I rounded the last corner of the city and led the king's horse back to the king's gate where Mordecai was first placed on it.

I still can't believe that I had to parade him though the city shouting those ridiculous words, "This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor." 

The guards helped Mordecai off the horse then took the king's robe and the horse back to the palace. Mordecai went back to his seat at the gate and I went home.

Tired. Humiliated. Hungry. And angry.

I couldn't wait to get home. Zeresh, my wife, was the only one who'd understand. 

I walked through the front door and found her working.

"Haman, why are you home so early? Did the king give you permission to hang Mordecai?"

Permission. Hah. I only wish. I asked my advisors to join us and explained the whole story. "No. In fact, the day turned out far worse than I planned." I sat in my favorite chair and told them everything from the king's question of how he should honor someone, to my answer--if only I hadn't given that answer--to parading Mordecai around the city on the king's horse.

"Oh, Haman. This is terrible." They all said.

"I know. I know."

"Since Mordecai is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him. You have already set up that decree to have all the Jews killed in the twelfth month. You will surely come to ruin!"

Just this morning everything was going so well. Absolutely nothing went well now. The gallows still weren't finished. And now this problem with Mordecai being a Jew and honored by the king. What am I going to do?

We discussed all the possibilities for fixing the problem. We had plenty of ideas but nothing seemed to be best.

Someone knocked on the door. "Haman, we've come to take you to Esther's banquet." They barged into our house and led me to their chariots. Zeresh and my advisors watched me with worried faces.

Oh, if only I could start this day over.

We rode to the city, through the gate, and ton o the palace. The guards didn't give me a chance to sneak away. They walked me through the corridors to the king's chambers.

"Your highness, Haman is here."

The king nodded and held his scepter out to me. "Come Haman. We have a banquet prepared for us.

Unfortunately the story has much more to tell...come back to read what happens next.

sources: New International Version, New King James Version  

1. Where did Haman take Mordecai?
2. Where did Haman go afterwards?
3. Why was he upset?
4. Where the gallows finished?
5. What did Zeresh and Haman's advisor say was the problem?
6. Why did the guards come to Haman's house?

As a reminder, Haman dislikes Mordecai because Mordecai the Jew feels he should only bow down to the living God. Haman wants Mordecai to bow down to him.

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