Women in the Bible
Lesson Twelve: by turtle

Last week we talked about how Esther became queen. She was an extraordinary
women only because she was a women of faith. And as we continue to study her
life, we must also look at events that effect her people the Jews. This next chapter
shows how little knowledge the king really had concerning his own wife and her
family. How his power and ruling with little knowledge how it could and would
effect His family.

Esther 3:1-5 KJV
(1)  After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of
Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the
princes that were with him.
(2)  And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and
reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But
Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.
(3)  Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai,
Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
(4)  Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not
unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's matters would stand:
for he had told them that he was a Jew.
(5)  And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then
was Haman full of wrath.

The mistake of Haman is like many today. They think power and wealth means
you can lord over someone and make them bow to you. People like rock stars,
politicians and so forth for years have thought their power meant big stuff. And
often that is how people see them. So you got two types of people those who will
allow that is idolatry and those that enforce it. However there is a third type of
people. Those who will only bow to God. Mordecai was such a guy. In fact even
though it was the law of the land he would not bow. The same thing happen in the
story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3, they refused to bow to
man.

If you are a follower of God you can not bow to man only to Jesus. That does not
mean you can not work for someone, or help someone and be loyal as a friend,
but you can not worship them. They can be people in high position, but you can
not bow to them.

Exodus 20:3-5 KJV
(3)  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
(4)  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing
that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water
under the earth:
(5)  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy
God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto
the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;


AS the story goes, Haman plotted to kill Mordecai and his people, not realizing it
would go against the kings family.

Esther 3:6-9 KJV
(6)  And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed
him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that
were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
(7)  In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king
Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and
from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.
(8)  And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered
abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and
their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore
it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.
(9)  If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will
pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the
business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.

Haman begins to plot to destroy and yet he has no clue about this group of
people except that they do not follow all the laws of the land or at least not the
way everyone else does. Fact is religious people in general are law abiding citizens,
unless it comes to a matter of belief and worship. The only real charge Haman
had was based on religion. This type of prejudice has gone on for years and years.
Back in World War II Hitler want to destroy the Jewish people. Today there are
still people who do not agree with Jews or Christians. To be able to live in a world
and have freedom, it means to have tolerance of all religions, whether we agree or
not When it comes to groups that mean to cause harm or hate something must be
done.

Haman did not know what he was undertaking by touching God’s people.
God takes care of his people. It does not mean they do not suffer or have pain. It
means simply that God will defend His people. Sometimes it is not how and when
we want God to take revenge it is however in his timing.

Esther 3:10-15 KJV
(10)  And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son
of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.
(11)  And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also,
to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.
(12)  Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month,
and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the
king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the
rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to
every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written,
and sealed with the king's ring.
(13)  And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to
kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and
women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is
the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.
(14)  The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province
was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day.
(15)  The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the
decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to
drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

There is a purpose for me stopping on this passage today and not going any
further. It is not because it is the end of the chapter, or because I have nothing to
write. It is a simple matter, that often people that read the Bible and read stories
like this one, feel after just a few verses that something is wrong if God would
even allow this type of thing to happen. Of course if you know the story God once
again saves His people. The is however a problem you got the old adage of evil
man against God or even good vs. evil. It is a major theme in many literary
works. And this story like many stories in the Bible have the theme of God vs.
Satan, or good vs. evil.

The abuse some people will give because someone will not surrender to their well
is hard to grasp. Yet it happens. It happens more times then we want to think
about. One example is destructive cults. Destructive cults tend to desire power.
Power does not belong to people it belongs to God. God raises up leaders and
tears down leaders.

Needless to say Haman would soon find himself in trouble with the King. For now
Haman has the kings favor and is in agreement with him. The King agrees with
the plan and seals the written decree with his ring and only the king can break a
law he establishes. Only he can change the law. So now you have people fixing to
be destroy for unjust reason.  This is extreme case of abuse by another human
being. It does happen, and more religious wars are fought over it even in this day
and time. Yet God commands us to first worship Him and then to love our
enemies to love others, and to love our neighbor. Such a hard lesson to do when
you are fixing to loose your life over faith. God as always will come through in
His timing and his way. For He is the master of counter acting Satan’s plot.

Luke 6:27-32 KJV
(27)  But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which
hate you,
(28)  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
(29)  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and
him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
(30)  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy
goods ask them not again.
(31)  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
(32)  For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love
those that love them.

Matthew 5:43-45 KJV
(43)  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and
hate thine enemy.
(44)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good
to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you;
(45)  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he
maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just
and on the unjust.