08
Dec
14

Pride Can Lead To Your Demise

At the end of Esther 6, Haman, who was in the midst of having the worst day ever, is whisked away for the banquet that Queen Esther was throwing for him and the king.  The king has already ordered Haman to parade Mordecai, Haman’s sworn enemy, around town on one of the king’s horses shouting:

“This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!” – Esther 6:11 (NIV)

Haman is angry and embarrassed.  He goes home with his tail tucked between his legs and then the king’s eunuchs show up to take Haman to the palace for a special banquet.
Haman had plotted to annihilate the Jews in order to kill Mordecai.  Esther feared, not only for her own life, but for the lives of her people.  At this banquet, she planned to ask the king to save the Jews.  The time comes and with much bravery Esther reveals Haman’s plan to the king.  The king demands to know who had come up with the plot to destroy the Jews.  Esther points the finger at Haman and the king is furious!  He goes out of the palace into the courtyard in a rage in order to collect his thoughts.
Meanwhile, back in the palace, Haman gets up and goes over to Esther, who is reclining on a couch, in order to be her for his life.  Perhaps he was a bit tipsy from the banquet.  Maybe he was just clumsy.  In any case, Haman trips and falls on top of Esther and it looks like he’s putting the moves on her…just as the king walks in.
Now the king is really angry!  He says:

Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?​ – Esther 7:8 (NIV)​

Then, one of the king’s helpful eunuchs speaks up and says, “Oh by the way, there’s a big ol’ pole at Haman’s house.  He was going to impale Mordecai on it.  You know, the guy who saved your life” (Esther 7:9, Shawn’s translation).  Xerxes gives the order to have Haman impaled on it.  Haman’s day goes from bad to worse and he finds himself on the wrong end of the impaling pole.
Pride and anger got the best of Haman.  He was so filled with pride that he couldn’t see straight when Mordecai refused to pay homage to him.  I have heard it said, “There are 7 billion people in the world and you are going to let one ruin your day?”  That’s what happened to Haman.  He let one man ruin his day and it ended up costing him his life.  Don’t let your pride and anger get the best of you.  It just might lead to your demise.

Esther 7 (NIV)

So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”

Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.”

King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”

Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”

Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.

Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.

The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”

As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.”

The king said, “Impale him on it!” 10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.

 

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