(14 verses, 2:45 to read)
What I am about to READ
Esther began to reveal Haman’s true character to Ahasuerus. Haman was about to experience the truth that pride goes before a fall.
MARK & LEARN
1-4: Ahasuerus received Esther in his hall. Although she may not have had any real power as queen or any real affection from Ahasuerus as his wife, Ahasuerus was clearly enamored with her. Esther must have been a very charming and beautiful woman. Ahasuerus got carried away and pledged Esther up to half his kingdom.
5-8: Esther asked the king and Haman to come to a banquet she had prepared for him. Her request involved Haman and Esther seems to have wanted to get Haman and the king alone.
9-14: After the banquet Haman was elated over his privileged position as the only guest other than Ahasuerus at Esther’s banquet. He also became furious when he passed Mordecai, who wouldn’t bow down to him.
14: Haman found great joy at his family’s suggestion to impale Mordecai, so he had the pole built.
Haman was a man filled with greed, as evidenced by his boasting about his great wealth. He was also filled with a desire for fame and honor. In fact, this desire fueled his ambition. He was also a merciless hater of God’s people and, therefore, of God himself. Pride against God and his fellowman dominated his life and finally led to his fall. Humility before God, searching out who the true God was and worshiping him, coming to a knowledge of God’s grace would have given him true riches and lasting happiness. The same is true for us.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.