Through the life and anger of Haman, we are reminded of Jesus’ teaching to exercise caution in judging other people – the same measure of justice will be used back on us. Be careful what you ask for. As God’s justice prevails, he deals with the Haman’s among us…
1 So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, 2 and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”
3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. 4 For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.”
5 King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”
6 Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”
Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. 7 The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
8 Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.
The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”
As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. 9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.”
The king said, “Impale him on it!” 10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.
After Haman had been humbled by the Lord and had to lead Mordecai around the city, Queen Esther finally had her banquet in which she would bring forward her plea for the Jews. She made her request to Xerxes, and he immediately asked who this vile adversary of the Queen’s people was…
Haman, who had used his personal grudge to bring forward his plot to kill the Jews, was revealed for his true character. And in true poetic and perhaps literal justice, Haman was impaled on the pole he set up for Mordecai.
Be careful what you ask for.
Jesus taught that we ought to exercise caution in how we judge other people, because the same measure of justice will be used back on us. Haman suffered his own judgement. Which brings us back to examining ourselves. Do you wish or will the worst on others for things which you desire to get away with yourself? Or do you allow a grudge or a grief you have with others affect you so much that you would conspire against them to harm them?
God is watching.
And far be it from any of us to bring such plots or plans toward God’s own people – his precious children. Remember that Jesus warned to not interfere with his little children coming to him. Jesus cares so deeply for his flock that he will not tolerate the schemes of Haman’s.
I also see the extent of God’s justice over the things which happen even in foreign governments and authorities. Yes, edicts can be issued. Threats can be made. Lives may even be lost. God’s justice, however, will prevail. In his timing, God will intercede and intervene. He will use the Esther’s he has placed for his purposes to bring about his plans.
If you are a Haman, beware. If you are a child of God, take comfort. If you are an Esther, take courage.