Vs. 1, “After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.” Five years have passed since the previous chapter…and we are now introduced to the evil Haman. We are reminded here of the extent of evil that we as human beings can possess. Mass genocide is on par with Adolf Hitler (and bear in mind that thousands of years had passed between Haman and Hitler, yet the people they targeted was the same). It is noteworthy to mention that when Haman casted lots to determine his destruction day, it would fall nearly a year later (vs. 7). The amount that Haman offered the king to get rid of the Jews is equivalent to $25,000,000 (notice, how he also withheld who the people group were). King Xerxes irresponsibly gave Haman his signet ring authorization, not realizing his own queen was at risk of death!
Regarding application…Standing Up. Vs. 2, “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. ” Wow~~~this is great drama played out before us as we see Mordecai understanding the full magnitude of Haman’s intent! Haman was a power-monger and evil to the bone…had his request to bow down before him been associated with a simple polite respect gesture…Mordecai would probably complied. But Haman’s request/command was beyond the boundary that Mordecai would allow (Haman was an Amalikite an outspoken enemy of God’s people and of God). He stood his ground and would not pay the honor that was only due to God. Call it reckless or call it courageous…Mordecai was a man who stood his ground. While we are to respect authority above us, we do not comply or bown down when it comes between the Lord!