Hello, hello! Before we get started, I wanted to apologize for my absence. Work has been crazy these past couple of days. So, I didn’t get the chance to post about our bible study, but I’m back so lets get to it!
This is all about REVENGE.
Have you ever been wronged so badly that you wanted to hurt the person even more than they hurt you? We have all had our taste of these kinds of situations. They’re dangerous and can result in really terrible consequences. This story in the Book of Esther shows where feelings of enragement can take you.
Haman’s Plot to Destroy Jews:
There’s a new queen in town! Queen Esther is settling into her reign. Her cousin, Mordecai (her step-in father figure), sat at the King’s gates watching Esther take her reign. One day as he was watching Esther, he witnessed two guards become really angry towards the king. The two guards were conspiring to kill the king so, Mordecai alerted the new Queen who turned and notified the King, giving credit to Mordecai for being honest. When the truth was verified, the two officers were captured and hanged.
After these events, the king honored his advisor, Haman. He became one of the king’s chief advisors and one of the most noble men in the land. With this new position, Haman instructed all the people of the land to bow down to worship him. Though, everyday Mordecai was at the gates looking upon Esther, Mordecai refused to bow. He knew, through his faith, that he was to bow down to no one other than the Lord. Because he did that so often, the royal officials at the gate noticed he never bowed down to Haman. When they told Haman about it, he was so angry. He became even more enraged when he found out Mordecai was a jew. He wanted to punish him in the worst way possible. So, instead of just killing him, Haman plotted to destroy all the jews in the kingdom.
Haman went to King Xerxes and told him that there were “certain people” in the land that had different morals and ideals than the king and they never obeyed the laws. He suggested the king issue a royal decree to destroy them and in return he (Haman) would put ten thousand talents of silver in the royal treasury. So, the king took his ring, gave it to Haman and said “keep your money and do with the people as you please.”
On behalf of the king, a royal decree was written and sealed into the laws. On a day of the royal officials choosing, every jew in the land was to be destroyed, killed, and annihilated. This message was given to everyone, in every language, and delivered to everyone personally. After the message was sent out, King Xerxes and Haman enjoyed a drink while chaos erupted through the kingdom.
Wow. Talk about power. Can you imagine? How horrible. Have you ever been so wronged by someone that you would go to any length to hurt them? Have you ever been betrayed and let your revenge get the best of you? I feel like we can all relate to this story somehow. On one hand we have Mordecai who was so true to his beliefs and character, he stood up for what is right. He was not influenced by anyone around him. On another hand we have Haman, who had power and anger. Not a good combination. He wanted to execute the worst possible pay back he could give, and for what? Personal satisfaction? God gave us free will; But we also have to answer for our actions and ask for forgiveness. We have to forgive others for what they’ve done and forgive ourselves for being so selfish.
Plans don’t always work out the way we expect them to and that’s okay. God has amazing plans already set out for us. Revenge is not part of God’s plans. Those thoughts that creep in are the opposite of what God wants for your life. So, the next time your expectations don’t go as planned, remember the greater outcome.
God created you to be a beautiful human. You have power. You have character. Most of all, you have grace.