Stand with humility - Bible Studies for Life for May 13, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
May 13, 2018
Esther 5:1-14 (ESV)
In an age where the loudest person in the room or on the Internet seems to win the day, Christians must choose a different response. God’s answer to evil was not more evil but sending His Son who became humble to the point of death, even death on a cross. Humility in the life of the believer is a fruit of becoming more like Jesus.
After prayer and fasting, Esther knew she had to act, and her action would start with her breaking the rules. No one was allowed to stand in the king’s court unless he summoned that person. However, there was a “clause” in the king’s rulebook that allowed him to choose, by scepter, to allow someone to enter his presence and live.
Smitten with Esther, the king allowed her to enter. The king would allow her to ask for anything she wanted, up to half of his kingdom. She requested Haman’s presence at a banquet she would prepare. In essence, she was inviting Haman to his downfall.
Haman was on cloud nine, well almost. He saw pesky old Mordecai again outside of the gate, and Mordecai did not rise. Haman had everything, but his pride would not allow him to look past what he considered to be blatant disrespect by Mordecai and the Jews. The world’s view of happiness in this text is the destruction of other people – killing people who stand in the way of Haman and his happiness. Haman had everything, but he was not happy.
Haman was preparing for his own doom and did not realize it. He was so caught up in his own pride that he had become blind to the reality unfolding around him. Haman’s problem is a universal problem. It is not just arrogance, but sin. In Romans 2:5 Paul wrote, “Because of your hardened and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself.”
A former pastor of mine often said, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.” For Haman, this would become his epitaph.