Hello! Happy Wednesday
Esther Bible Study Chapter 3 Summary –
1. We meet Haman and quickly learn he’s not a good guy, but the king promoted him above all the other officials anyway & commanded everyone to bow down and paid homage to Haman.
2. Mordecai was not about it and refused. People asked him why he wasn’t following the King’s orders and bowing to Haman and his only response was that he was a Jew. (I used to think that this was similar to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refusing to worship the golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3), but it’s not. Those guys were refusing to WORSHIP an idol of a king. In the culture of this story, refusing to bow and pay respect to an official would be like refusing to shake someone’s hand today. And there were not any Jewish laws prohibiting bowing to another person. I now think that his refusal had to do with his and Haman’s ancestry, but it’s really too much to get into here. So for our purposes, we will just agree that Mordecai had his reasons.)
3. When Haman found out he was filled with fury. So he began to devise a plan to murder not only Mordecai, but all of the Jews.
4. He gathers his guys to cast Pur (lots) for 12 months to find the best day to commit genocide. Haman then went to the king with a tale of why all Jews must be destroyed. He even offered to pay the king 10,000 talents of silver (a LOT of $) to sweeten the deal. The king agreed and the scribes were summoned to send letters to every province in every language with instructions to destroy, kill and annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children on the 13th day of the 12th month. And when they were done with the killing they could go ahead and plunder all all of the Jew’s possessions. Wow.
5. Once the plan was in motion, the only thing left for the king and Haman to do was to sit back and get drunk. So as the city of Susa is thrown into confusion, the 2 top leaders are, once again, getting wasted. Awesome leadership, guys.
What were your thoughts? Where do you see God moving? Do you have any questions? I can’t wait to see your journaling and read your thoughts! #farmgirljournalsesther