from Lynda Lindsey
All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor. Esther 3:2
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. Esther 3:6
Haman to King Xerxes: There is a certain people dispersed and scatted among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. Esther 3:8
After Esther became queen, Mordecai uncovered an assassination plot against Xerxes and told Esther about it in time for her to inform the king. The would-be assassins were hanged, the event was logged into the king’s records, and only in retrospect did the matter have significance. Xerxes, meanwhile, decided to honor one of his officials and mandated everyone to kneel and pay honor to Haman as he passed by. Everyone obeyed. Except Mordecai. He held out day after day, enraging Haman. Self-centered, arrogant, indulging his love of power and authority, Haman came before the king to accuse Mordecai.
Haman sought and received permission to kill not just Mordecai, but to annihilate every Jew in the kingdom. After the king and Haman planned the pogrom, in total disregard for the value of life, they sat down to drink, taking their pleasure as usual. Privileged. Prejudiced. Prideful. Stretching the truth, if not downright lying, was Haman’s way. The accusation that the Jews disobeyed the king’s laws was correct only in this one instance; Jews were strictly forbidden to bow down in worship to any god except the Lord God Almighty. The Jews, in matters unrelated to God, were obedient to Xerxes. Criticized. Wronged. Blamed. Accused unjustly. Persecuted. Mordecai and the whole nation of Jews suffered because they obeyed God. Examples abound.
Joseph was falsely accused of rape. Job endured fierce accusations. Nehemiah faced unjust criticism rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall. Accusers, cunning and crafty, excel at intimidation tactics. Life in their eyes is cheap, as long as it’s the other people’s lives. The end justifies the means, so they scheme, lie, and cheat. We don’t just face unjust human accusations; Satan also slings his arrows at us. We pray, fast, mourn, confess, weep. We seek God’s intervention. We obey the Word. We confidently, boldly, faithfully continue to trust God. We keep doing what is right. We pray for strength, for endurance. Sometimes it works out as we hope. Sometimes it doesn’t. The bottom line? Jesus has secured the victory; Satan is a defeated foe. We must learn through experience and by faith to say, like Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him.”