The Tragedy of Pride – The Haman Story

Posted on March 2, 2022

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The Tragedy of Pride – The Haman Story

Very common place in our clime is that self-vaunting ‘you don’t know who I am’ claim. Those who are to keep the law, or pretenders at it, breach orderliness in the traffic. The ‘elite’ breach queues always in a hurry. Spoken or in brazen acts of vain power, the Haman spirit is alive in this society that needs divine help.

How do you treat the man whose life circumstance has seemingly put in an inferior position?

After 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. 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. Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king’s commandment? 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. And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. 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. Esther 3:1-5

And particularly when it seems you have been denied the respect you think you deserve! Be careful, be humble because self-conceit, the mother of pride only gives birth to hatred. All you know is what you perceive or think, you do not know the power you are contending against in your lowly adversary. You may be entering a battle you will not win and probably survive!

Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai. Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king. Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and tomorrow am I invited unto her also with the king. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate. Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made. Esther 5:9-14

A man full of himself is blind and deaf to the dangers around him, and to the pit he is likely to fall into. Pride has an endless appetite making satisfaction un-attainable while wounded pride leads only to a spiral of offense and retribution. Such a man has lost the sensitivity that the eternal God is the source of all blessings; and seeing himself as the source of his achievements can never enjoy the accompanying delight. O dear friend be warned and earnestly pray that you be delivered from destructive pride.

While Haman was perfecting his plan of deadly retribution, God was working to eliminate him and annihilate his legacy because he had challenged God’s standing covenant cover upon a seed of Abraham – Genesis 12:3, Genesis 22:17c

And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. Genesis 22:17c

Beware of prideful resentment of or anger against Israel and indeed any seed of Abraham by faith lest you pitch yourself against God, knowing that God resists the proud. Why have pick a fight against God? You cannot win.

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6

Receive grace even in the face of provocation, resist pride and live. Learn to respect all, even those you think do not deserve it.  Selah

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