Monday, January 27, 2014

Haman, the Evil

Sometime during the first 5 years that Esther was queen, King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite to be his right hand man.

Haman was a decedent of King Agag, whom King Saul had been commanded to "utterly destroy".  (1 Samuel 15)  If King Saul had obeyed when he'd had a chance, Haman and his family would never have existed! The plot against the Jews would never have been hatched.  If only King Saul had done what was right....

The name Haman means: "Illustrious" or "Magnificent".  It is quite obvious that Haman considered himself both!  Haman was proud and arrogant.  He demanded respect and required everyone to bow down to him as he passed. And everyone did...except for Mordecai.  (3:2)

This made Haman very angry!  It soon became clear that Mordecai had no intention of changing his ways. So, Haman came up with a plan. If the reason Mordecai would not bow before Haman was because he was Jewish and worshiped only one God, then Haman would punish all the Jews for their belief! (3:6)

Haman told King Ahasuerus about the "diverse people scattered abroad and disbursed among the people of the kingdom."(3:8)  Something had to be done.  These people needed to be killed, and Haman was willing to pay out of his own pocket to have the deed done!

The king was more than willing to hand over his signet ring.  Haman came up with his wicked plan.  The king's scribes wrote out letters that would be translated in all the languages, stamped into law with the King's signet ring, and carried into all the provinces.  The edict: On the 13th day of the 12th month all the Jews were to be killed!  (3:13)

Haman was going to win this battle yet....!

And so it was that Haman became the Jew's enemy.  (3:10)  To this day, children and adults alike hiss and use instruments called "graggers" to "blot out" the name of Haman when the story of Esther is told every year during the Feast of Purim. They make so much noise that the name "Haman" is not even able to be heard during the story. It is no wonder that, even today, Haman is known to the Jews as "Haman the Evil".

 I do hope you will join me as I study the life of "Esther - Queen of Persia"!  I hope to delve in and discover as much as I can about her life and put myself in her shoes...or sandals??  Feel free to leave your thoughts on her life and story in the comments section below! 

In case you missed our previous posts in this series:  

Introduction: Esther, Queen of Persia 
Ahasuerus - The Party Kind of King
A Queen is Chosen!

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