by Christina Farris
1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.
3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:
4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.
5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?
6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.
8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified. Are sins are the death penalty for humanity, yet the ability to forgive is the greatest gift of God. We might face death but we will overcome death with belief in Jesus. To overcome death is to be in the presence of God, to know our sins are forgiven because of faith in Christ Jesus. Yet what happens if repentance never comes, or faith but reality of eternal death and damnation awaits the darken minute before death, the only hope is to gain a mustard seed of faith. There are some difference in Old and New Testament, and key difference is the attitude of forgiveness. How long can eye for eye go. Korea bombs going off, why is something in them. Are we at war? Only downfall with chemical warfare it eventually reaches your own people. There no control over the wind patterns. May our nation on request of our President pray for the coronavirus outbreak, and for those sick and afflicted by the outbreak of this virus. Also to pray for not only your nation but the nations of the world. Because we all are effected by it.
The story of Haman is a length story for it his cross of hate and anger. Esther cross is a cross of hope of better tomorrow for herself and her people in troublesome times. The king of Persia cross is learning who he really should trust and listen too. Mordecai cross maybe a little simpler, learning to wait for God's deliverance for his people, but also a watcher for the children of Israel. Haman cross is about to come to an end with him being hung on his own gallows.
Why did Haman not repent, was there no repentance in the Gentile nation of Persia? Was there no defence when he fell upon the Queens bed to plead his cause? He had no clue who Esther was, beyond the bride the King picked for a bride. The appearance of Haman upon the bed, thought Haman was about to rape his wife apparently. The chamberlain was in agreement with the king and told of Haman gallows. But it was not for the desire to kill the Jews but for the abuse of the queen he is hung for. Mordecai was the man that stood up to Haman and would not bow, but help the king put in Haman place. The king gave Mordecai Haman's family and wealth.
Forgiveness comes with bowing, but bowing is no good without repentance, and the repaying for the sin. Haman could not of justified his actions even if given a chance. He knew his death was imminent. His anger had taken his life along with hsi pompous attitude toward the Jews. Can we ever expect forgiveness when our head gets to lofty and high? Would we better to swing from the gallows of sin and destruction. No there is always hope for the sinful man according to scripture. No hope for the devil, but the human soul had the ability to repent. The ability to ask another for forgiveness.
This story may of been different if it had been Christ day when Jesus walked the earth. Can people with a lack of faith repent, they can ask forgiveness to another human, they may not be at the point to bow to God. Yet if we can forgive someone then they know God can forgive them too. Can we forgive a sinner, can we forgive our brother. Scripture tells us to pray for our enemy, and to forgive others their sin against us. If we are forgiven by God what is the worse crime that can not be forgiven by our own power, to the point it takes act of God in our life. There are sins against us that is hard to forgive, but what sin have we committed in our heart, in our action and our faith towards God?
Haman never confessed he was wrong, nor did he find forgiveness, but maybe that is the point, we need to know someone died and was hung with no forgiveness. Some say pure justice and others might ask could he find hope. Judas same problem he never could find the ability to seek forgiveness in he right place and which would begin with God, instead he sought the priesthood for forgiveness and even tried to return money to them. Repentance begans at the cross, and continued into the lives of those we hurt. Zaccheus a tax collector repents and promise to repay those he took from. His repentance began in the presence of Jesus and continued into the lives of those he had hurt.
Can you take your sin to the foot of the cross of Jesus and lay it down. Can you repent of worse sin as well as what you consider or least offensive sin. Sin has no grade, only toilet paper and eggs have grades and meat. Toilet paper is scarce these days and eggs will there price varies much like the cost of bread. Meat for the poor becomes thin but livable. There is point whatever sin, whatever the need God wants to hear from us. To think if we really care about someone they want to hear from us as well. If we sin they want confession as well. Something we perhaps may never confess to anyone but God, but God knows the heart and reason being. Check out how to be saved page if you have question on how to repent and ask Jesus to be Lord of your life.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to be forgiving and loving as you are to us, also enabling us to forgive others because you forgive us upon our confession of sin and belief. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Luke 17:3-5 KJV