A lot of people are going through and they are partaking of other people's stuff example....oppression, depression, anger, discouragement, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness and tormentation (yes I make up words) *smile*
Here's a word out of the word in Esther 3rd chapter, I'm going to highlight Haman's response to Mordecai's decision not to bow down to Haman and Mordecai's decision to praise and obey God in spite of what it looked liked or how he felt.
Mordecai's decision pleased God and God kept him through the persecution that came because of Haman's hatred, jealousy, insecurities and stubborn prideful, self-seeking, self-centered, attitude and treacherous motives against Mordecai
Romans 12:18-20 (King James Version)
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head
Let's take a look at the book of Esther 3rd chapter
1After 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. 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. 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
Our Key Scripture Reference For This Lesson Is Esther 3:5 Key:
And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
What is Wrath?
1. great anger: strong anger, often with a desire for revenge
2. divine retribution: in some beliefs, God's punishment for sin
3. vengeance: the vengeance, punishment, or destruction wreaked by somebody in anger ( literary )
Let's take a look at the definition of torment for a moment so that we can connect this through Haman's story with the spirit of anger, which is wrath.
What is torment?
Torment is to:
1. inflict pain on somebody or something: to inflict torture, pain, or anguish on a person or animal
2. tease somebody: to tease a person or animal persistently
3. torture: severe mental anguish or physical pain
4. cause of anguish: a source of severe mental anguish or physical pain
5 cause of annoyance: a source of annoyance or anxiety
What was Haman angry about? Why was he full of wrath?
The answer is in Esther 3:5, And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
Haman, who was being controlled by the spirit of pride, was full of wrath because:
- Mordecai did not bow down to him
- Mordecai did not reverence him
Haman was so tortured (suffered mental anguish) over Mordecai's decision not to bow down to him and not to reverence him that he devised a device to kill Mordecai
What are some of the lessons that we can learn from this story?
The Dangers of responding to and walking in pride like Haman did.
Proverbs 16:18-20 (King James Version), Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. The blessings of responding to and walking in humility like Mordecai did?
1 Peter 5:5-7 (King James Version), Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. *Click on the open door for direct access to part 2*