Haman, Enemy of the Jews

300px-Esther_Denouncing_HamanHaman was a noble in the Mead and Persian empire.  The King, Xerxes, honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.  Accordingly with this honor people at the kings gate bowed down to him, but a Jew named Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.  Eventually, this was brought to Haman’s attention. When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.  Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai.  Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.  Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate.  Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them.  If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will give ten thousand talents of silver to the king’s administrators for the royal treasury.”  So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jewsyoung and old, women and childrenon a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods.  A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day.

Shortly thereafter, the king saw Queen Esther in the hall before his throne and asked, “What is it, Queen Esther?  What is your request?  Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”  “If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”  “Bring Haman at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Esther asks.”  So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared.  As they were drinking wine, the king again asked Esther, “Now what is your petition?  It will be given you.”  Esther replied, “My petition and my request is this: If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them.  Then I will answer the king’s question.”

Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits.  But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.  Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home.  Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife, Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials.  “And that’s not all,” Haman added.  “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave.  And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow.  But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.”  His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it.  Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself.”  This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up.

That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.  It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.  “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.  “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.  The king said, “Who is in the court?”  Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him.  His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.” “Bring him in,” the king ordered.  When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”  Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” So he answered the king,  “For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head.  Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes.  Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”  “Go at once,” the king commanded Haman.  “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate.  Do not neglect anything you have recommended.”  

So Haman got the robe and the horse.  He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”  Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate.  But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.  His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against himyou will surely come to ruin!”  While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

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 lifethis is my petition.  And spare my peoplethis 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 hethe 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!” So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai.  Then the king’s fury subsided.

That was the end of Haman.  King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have impaled him on the pole he set up.  Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ringfor no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.”  This edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children, and to plunder the property of their enemies.  

When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen.  And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration.  In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating.  And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.  Meanwhile, the remainder of the Jews who were in the king’s provinces also assembled to protect themselves and get relief from their enemies.  They killed seventy-five thousand of them but did not lay their hands on the plunder.  This happened on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.   

Moreover, it was recorded that these days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city.  And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jewsnor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants.

Answers For Hope

UnknownThe world is lost, just as we believers were at one time.  The great news is that today is the day of salvation and the Lord is drawing men to Himself still.  He said, “When I am lifted up I will draw all people to myself.” (John 12: 32).  This has at least two meanings, 1) that He would be lifted up on the cross to die for the penalty of our sins, and 2) as we exalt the truth that Yeshua is Messiah, Lord and Savior, then He will draw all men to Himself.  He offers forgiveness to those who believe in Him.  The power of the name above all names, Yeshua and the blood is the Lamb of God is power unto salvation. Resurrection power is in the Name of Yeshua, Jesus.  This power opens the eyes of those blinded by the world and God creates a new person that is a living child of God from one dead in sins.  This is God’s  mighty power at work today.

He also causes His Spirit to dwell in each new believer.  The Holy Spirit empowers the believer with supernatural insight Read More »

Bless Our Revilers

11“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” I Peter 3:8-9.  This passage is not suggesting approving of false doctrine or failing to stand for the Truth of God’s Word to maintain unity among Believers but have, as William MacDonald in the “Believer’s Bible Commentary” states, “in fundamentals, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in everything, love.”  Further, we are to always have love for and have sympathy with (“suffer with”) all persons while always maintaining a tender heart sensitive to the needs and feelings of others with a spirit of humility.

As Christians, we are not to revile anyone but rather be persons who bless others. This is not to bless someones sinful life or wrongful acts but “to speak well of” a person to the extent possible while desiring their well-being.  The old Read More »

With All My Heart

jars+of+clayThere is a foundation in your faith that supports all the rest.  This foundation was laid when you abandoned your self and accepted King Yeshua as Lord and Savior.  It was as small and hidden as conception, like a seed germinating deep in the dark soil.  Yet in this spark was life and power beyond anything seen in the natural world, greater than earthquakes, volcanic eruption, hurricane winds, lightning strikes.  The work of salvation, new birth, redemption, through the resurrection power of the blood of the lamb is solely the work of God’s hand.  The Holy Spirit impartation to the new believer is the same power of God hidden in jars of clay.  It is resurrection power that produces a new creation, in Messiah Yeshua.

Our faith is grounded in the unchanging all-powerful God.  Our God is a jealous God.  He wants all of us, everything we are and will be.  All He starts comes to fruition and finds completion in His perfect will.  That immovable Read More »

Deliver Us

b283b17077177d75e7595870d2897a1cWhat fellowship is there between light and darkness? The clear answer is nothing, as to being able to seeing.  If you wish to see, full light is always best.  If you desire to sleep or hide, the shadows or even total darkness will be your best choice.  Twilight is not so much a mixture of light and dark as it is the dimming of the light until the sun light passes completely beyond the horizon.  Yet, Paul’s point is not about physics, but about purity in our fellowship, friendship, associations, communion, and relationships.

There is a real division of practice when it comes to the application of living a consecrated life in community.  One driving view is that we are to go “out” into the world sharing the gospel with everyone and to be an influence of God Read More »

Pray With Confidence

maxresdefault“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him”. I John 5:14-15.

This passage in I John encourages Christians to make their requests known to God in confidence.  He promises to grant our requests that are made according to His will.  Our duty is to walk close to God
to be better able to better ascertain what God’s will is, with the help of

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God of Love

Moral-GovernmentThere is a love story that will be completed in heaven. This story is an epic story that is as vast as time and deeper than human emotion can contain.  It is a story worthy of Heaven and exalts the only true God who is love.  It starts with the perfect love that exists between Father God and His one and only Son.  God’s desire is to make mankind in His image, male and female, and for them to dwell in His presence.  In the Garden of Eden He had a perfect relationship with His people.  However, an enemy lied to His people and they fell out of relationship with their God, dying physically and spiritually. All manner Read More »

Holy Spirit Light

PrayerGroupI’ve noticed something about the Holy Spirit in believer’s relationships.  You may have observed this as well.  When the Holy Spirit is given reign in the prayer gathering He brings a unity that can only be described as communion.  One prays in the Spirit over a matter or word of God and another will have the same impression in their heart and mind (Spirit) at the same moment.  So, there is supernatural agreement in the prayer. There are no limits to what the Holy Spirit will and can do when He is placed in authority and everyone is submitted to Him.  I have seen Holy Spirit lead a spiritual battle with the word of God against the powers of darkness.  One after another would be given a Scripture prayer that worked together with the one before so that God’s love and character were exalted over circumstances.  This could not be Read More »

Your Cross to Bear

aslanEveryone has a cross, the instrument of our own destruction.  We were made to die as a result of our fallen human nature.  We may live seventy years or so, maybe a little more, but our body and/or mind begins to breakdown.  The stress of life finds the weakest and most vulnerable point and that is where the serious trouble of death begins. Just forty years ago it was not uncommon to here that a person died of old age, now doctors give a more specific reason, but it’s still the same root cause.  This is just the natural consequence of living – we die.

However, physical death is not the death to which Yeshua is referring when He addressed His disciples, “Whoever does not take up their cross Read More »

Be Subject To Your Masters

depositphotos_16844147-stock-photo-boss-delegating-work-to-employee“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution … Live as people who are free not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God … Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.”  I Peter 2: 13-18.

We are called to be subject/submissive to the authorities that have been placed above us, such as government authorities and workplace bosses, whether they are just or not.  Further, we are not to rebel in our hearts against the authorities Read More »

Enjoy Life

pictures-of-jesus-greg-olson-way-of-joyDo you think Yeshua enjoyed life?  The Bible said He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  It is indisputable that He suffered, was persecuted, was treated unjustly, and lived a very simple life with no possessions.  Is a happy life dependent on possessions?  Can a person suffer injustice and persecution, but still enjoy the good things and blessings of life?  Is life itself a gift of God?  To all these questions, I believe the answer is – Yes.

Yeshua, is the one and only Messiah, God’s Son.  On more than one occasion God vocalized, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:17; 17:5).  Yeshua taught frequently that He and Father God were of a single Read More »

A Righteous Generation

Samuel_LeoI’m praying for an upright generation to be born in this earth.  In the Spirit I see a generation that will have faith in God.  They will know God and follow His ways.  They will be gracious and compassionate and conduct their affairs with justice.  They will care for the poor and needy and will defend the cause of widows and orphans.  This is my prayer that the Lord will raise up a generation that will make the Lord Yeshua known and will accomplish His purposes in the earth.  Among this righteous generation the Holy Spirit will find men and women Read More »

Soul vs Spirit Expression

img_1255Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  No, but until then we see it in ourselves. Peter spoke the truth by revelation of the Spirit that Yeshua was Messiah.  A few moments later he spoke the words of the enemy, suggesting to Yeshua a will apart from God’s, even contrary to Yeshua’s central purpose.  Not until the impartation of the Holy Spirit, did the disciples begin to sense and move in the Spirit. It is true for all believers throughout history.

A well-spring bubbling up into eternal life has been opened for mankind.  The desperate, weak, and perishing come and drink of the water of life. They eat true bread and true drink, which is the body and blood of Messiah Yeshua.  They receive saving grace and are filled with Holy Spirit.  Of course, this Read More »

Your Hopes and Dreams

UnknownWe all have the desire to be happy.  The founders of this country knew this and acknowledged it in our founding documents saying, “… life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  They sought to protect these God-given rights.  When we think about tomorrow it is this pursuit that engages our minds in various and indirect ways.  We want the things that are associated with happiness with the expectation that happiness will be found therein.  We want someone to love and be loved.  We want a career, skill, trade, business, or livelihood that will provide some measure of financial provision and security.  We may want a family, children or at least see ourselves as being parents one day.  Generally, this Read More »

Note to Self

206300_f450When you seem confined, it may be that God has set you aside in order to love you and discipline you for His purposes.  This is true for prisoners, whom He loves so much that He has used the police and justice system to confine them in prison where they can be quiet, listen to Him alone, and rest from the forces that were destroying them body, soul, and spirit.

In confinement it is possible to become open to His voice.  There the tension and strife of self pursuit can release, relax, and be still.  Have you ever realized while just sitting there, that your every muscle was strained tight with tension, and for no reason, then only, do you really begin to relax the muscles that constant tension Read More »

Walk Worthy of Your Calling

Ephesians 4-1 Walk Worthy Of Your Calling.brownI often become distressed these days when I watch the news.  Few people in Government or in the media seem concerned for the good of America but rather only want to promote their own agendas.  Combined with the moral decay of our country I sometimes find myself becoming discouraged and even angry.   The Holy Spirit has convicted me that this is an entirely wrong reaction for a Christian.  The Word of God gives us the proper way for a Christian to conduct themselves.  “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one Read More »

Prophetic Intercession

images“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Rom. 8: 26-27).  This is describing the normal operation of the Holy Spirit in a believer who has faith for prayer, the operation of the Holy Spirit as defined in scripture and the prophetic gift as defined in scripture.  I include these qualifications because not everyone has faith to believe all scripture.  It does not hinder God in His saving work, nor does it limit the love God Read More »

Let’s Pitch

boys-playing-baseball-two-young-standing-field-catch-39002788I had a very good dream.  I was playing catch with my good friend.  We were both young, it was a fine sunny warm summer day, the grass was green and fresh. We were simply throwing a ball back and forth to each other.  This is great fun.  The simplicity of throwing and catching a ball thrown into the air allows ones mind to dream and float along with the ball until with a great sense of accomplishment, completion and satisfaction the catch is made.  There are no rules, just throw the ball and catch or retrieve it in order to throw it again.  Among boys you find a great variety of throwing and catching styles and techniques that are employed as they imagine being a great pitcher in the World Series, or running Read More »

The Practice of the Presence of God

UnknownI recently finished reading “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence.  It was a tremendous blessing.  Bother Lawrence was a very devout Christian who lived in the 17th Century and spent most of his life in a monastery to totally devote himself to God.   This book is considered a Christian classic.

The following are some points he made in the book related to the Christian walk that I thought particularly significant:

1.  He established himself in a sense of God’s Presence by continually conversing with Him and not letting trifles and fooleries distract him.  Prayer was not just Read More »

Generations and Truth

adobestock_134795516-2I heard a public personality describing how the media was interested in what people under thirty years old thought.  If you were older, your interests, perspectives, beliefs, and thoughts were irrelevant.  Many people talk about “millenials” and their generational characteristics, distinguishing them from past generations and current established norms.  The TV show, “Survivor” set up a season that portrayed a battle of the generations, “Millenials vs. The X-Generation”.  The producers created a lot of drama and shock by selecting characters who would display the stereotypes of their respective generation, including a significant Read More »

I Will Never Leave You

notaloneWe all ask God for help.  Even people who are not Christians but believe in a supreme being or something more than this physical world will cry out for help in time of need. We all have encountered difficulties in this life and we have suffered injustice.  We live in a fallen world full of evil, selfishness, crime, war, hate, addiction, and much more that results in pain, sadness, hurt and consequences of our own wrong motives.  We are able to  forget and deal with much of the pain that comes our way by pushing it back until we forget or are faced with new challenges.

When we encounter the Lord, Yeshua, and accept that He is the way, the truth and the life we are faced with confessing our brokenness – our sin, and accepting Read More »

Find Rest Oh My Soul

802de68370f2622d1d5a0480b8fa4667“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.  Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.  Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie.  If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.  Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: ‘Power belongs to you, God, and Read More »

Worship God Alone

Revelation1024_2048x2048Worship is essential to the human being.  It is a central element in our purpose.  It is intertwined with our purpose and destiny to have relationship with Eternal Father God. He created us in His image as a three-part person to reign with Him in Yeshua Messiah through Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit).  This full mystery of God’s purposes are deep and beyond our complete comprehension, but worship is innate and prominent throughout human history.  Even ancient and current day pagans seek worship, but they worship what their senses and minds imagine.  They fashioned idols of wood, stone or metals, until today when their idols became humanistic, through false science and mysticism.  Of course, false religions Read More »

God’s Strategy

Unknown“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1: 13-14).

God is leading His people today.  The entire Congregation of believers around the world. He is positioning and leading to the Kingdom of His son Yeshua Messiah.  The world is also being lead in opposition to the Father, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit by the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the Spirit who Read More »

Fund Raising

timelineimageIt is interesting to me that Yeshua never raised any money.  He never instructed his disciples to do so and although the Bible contains much instruction about dealing with money, it does not suggest that it is to be gathered up, even to accomplish a great purpose.  There was instruction by Paul to the churches to gather offerings to be sent to others in need, but this was, it seems to me, a specific offering to alleviate particular needs.  I’m not talking about giving, which seems to be the best use of money. The difference between giving money to others and raising funds is vast, perhaps opposite in meaning effect and intent.  Giving money is far from all the many coordinated, well designed, strategic, requests, efforts, gatherings, presentations, communications and begging that goes on by so many who have influence, a following, a dream, or Read More »