When you think of famous villains who comes to mind?
- Norman Bates
- Darth Vader
- Cruella de Vil
- J.R. Ewing (Dallas)
- The Joker
The villain Haman comes on the scene in chapter 3. Haman is promoted and requires that everyone bow down to him (v. 1-2a). Everyone does, all but Mordecai – he refused because his worship was exclusively for God (v. 3-4). Mordecai was a Jew and he knew what God’s Word taught.
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ Matthew 4:8-10 (Duet 6:10)
Haman was furious – he hated the Jews! So, he plotted a plan to kill Mordecai and all the Jews (v. 5, 13). He does this by tricking the king into signing into a law a decree that would not allow anyone to worship anything other than him. This obviously appealed to the king’s pride and sinful nature. He distributed it to all his kingdom.
Things look bad for the Jews – for Mordecai and for Queen Esther. But God has a plan.
Sometimes wicked people seem to prosper. Sometimes it seems like God has forgotten or abandoned you – but that’s never the case.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
- When’s the last time you felt abandoned by God?
- How did you react/respond?
- How did God come through?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor