Spiritual Hierarchy & Authority, Part 7
December 1, 2017
We barely got started last week with
the picture of Haman as the last of the Amalekites and his finish. We started the picture of his conspiracy in
Esther 3, and we will pick that up again.
One of the things that is important for us to realize is that the Fear
of Death absolutely thrives in conspiracies and conspiracy theories. These conspiracies are an effort to ward off
death and to attempt one's own protection and salvation by their own reasoning,
thought processes and manipulation.
Conspiracy and conspiracies can
NEVER be a part of the life of God's people!
If we are going to rule and reign with the authority that has been given
to us in Christ Jesus, we never have to focus on the conspiracies of those who
live their lives in utter fear. Neither
do we have to fear any conspiracy of the Enemy.
Holy Spirit always provides the intervention and destruction of the
Enemy's conspiracies against us.
Esther 3:7-15: In the first month,
that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they
cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month
to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.
And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad
and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their
laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws:
therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them. If it please
the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten
thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the
business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.
And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto
Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy. And the king said
unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with
them as it seemeth good to
thee. Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first
month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the
king’s lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province,
and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing
thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king
Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring.
And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s
provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young
and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the
thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to
take the spoil of them for a prey. The copy of the writing for a
commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that
they should be ready against that day. The posts went out, being hastened by
the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the
king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.
we continue, let’s list these characteristics separately from the events as
recorded in the book of Esther. Also,
remember that though we are describing Haman, we are actually describing the spirit
of Agag, who was Haman’s ancestor.
1. Haman demanded the
worship -- the reverence -- of all who saw him.
2. When that
reverence was not given by one member of a nation or race, Haman adopted a
racist spirit, targeting the whole nation with his wrath and hatred.
3. He took his anger
and hatred a step farther by determining to kill off an entire nation of
4. Haman’s next step
was to offer a huge bribe to the king for the privilege of killing off a
supposedly “lawless people who neither keep the king’s laws” and choose to be
“different” or “diverse” in their behavior.
5. Using deception,
Haman succeeded in getting the king to give him his royal seal so as to make
this genocide appear to be the decision of the king and draw attention away from
6. Using that seal,
Haman sent letters to the governors and satraps of all 128 provinces throughout
the kingdom of Persia in order to advance his murderous agenda.
7. Haman wasn’t
satisfied to simply kill off his targeted enemies: he now authorized the
governors and satraps to take for themselves all of “the spoil of them for a
pause in this narrative to take particular notice of how Esther responded to
the crisis and what she did to defeat the agenda of this wicked spirit and preserve
the lives of her countrymen.
Mordecai became aware of Haman’s conspiracy, he sent word to Esther, requesting
that she intervene with the king. After
some discussion with Mordecai, Esther immediately set aside three days for
purposed and very intense fasting and prayer.
She also called on her handmaidens to join her as they pursued the heart
of the Lord and His wisdom in how to proceed.
her fast, Esther knew exactly what to do.
She went before the king unannounced – under ordinary conditions, an
absolute No-No with the potential of immediate death hanging over her head –
whereupon he extended favor to her.
Esther then requested that the king – AND Haman – come to a
specially-prepared feast of wine which she would prepare for him.
we pick up the narrative in Esther 5.
the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition?
and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half
of the kingdom it shall be performed. Then answered Esther, and said, My
petition and my request is; If I
have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant
my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the
banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow as the king hath
Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai
in the king’s gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of
indignation against Mordecai.
Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his
friends, and Zeresh his wife. And
Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children,
and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had
advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.
moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the
banquet that she had prepared but myself; and tomorrow am I invited unto her
also with the king. Yet all
this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the
said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of
fifty cubits high, and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be
hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the
thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.
may seem to fly in the face of natural logic, but what Esther did was sheer
genius! It was the wisdom of God!
feast of wine was a relatively rare event – even in royal circles. It was as close to a wedding celebration as
one could get in order to enjoy the kind of intimacies and fellowship around
the table one would normally expect at a wedding. There was wine-tasting of the latest wines
produced by the finest vineyards as well as samples of the aged fine
wines. The best musicians, singers and
entertainers would be brought in for this celebration and praises would be sung
on behalf of the king or the governor of the feast.
a feast of wine was the kind of celebration which marked the agreement and
unity between a king and queen, between a husband and wife, or between the king
and his nobles. This feast was – more or
less – the marking of a covenant between the one giving the feast and the
invited attendees. (Hence, you have a
real picture of the Last Supper with Jesus!)
the king, was beside himself with joy over this feast of wine Esther had thrown
on his behalf, and he wasn’t about to show anything less than his best loving
generosity towards her.
takes no great imagination to picture the look on his face when Esther says to
“If I have found favour
in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and
to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall
prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow as the king hath said."
request, however, was not designed to put off the king but to thoroughly take
Haman off guard, so much so that his defenses were completely down.
went home boasting to his wife of this phenomenal place of unity between he,
the king and the queen. In his arrogant
boasting he says to his wife,
“All of this means nothing so long as I see Mordecai the Jew
sitting at the king’s gate.”
wife and friends were likewise caught up in the moment and recommended that
Haman build a huge gallows – 50 cubits (75 feet) high – to hang Mordecai on.
the Enemy has been caught in his own trap!
as the following events unfold!
that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of
records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found
written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s
chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king
Ahasuerus. And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to
Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him,
There is nothing done for him.
And the king
said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of
the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that
he had prepared for him. And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman
standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in. So Haman came in. And the king said unto
him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour?
thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to
myself? And Haman answered
the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, Let the royal apparel be brought which the
king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the
crown royal which is set upon his head: And let this apparel and horse be
delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may
array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him
on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus
shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
Then the king
said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou
hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate:
let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.
Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on
horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall
it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. But Haman hasted to
his house mourning, and having his head covered. And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all
his friends everything that had
befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be
of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not
prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him. And while they were yet talking
with him, came the king’s chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the
banquet that Esther had prepared.
fasting has paid dividends. On this very
night, the king is restless and cannot sleep so he commands that the records of
the chronicles of his kingship be brought and read before him. This, by the way, was roughly tantamount to
counting sheep. It was a means for him to
be bored and put to sleep.
his ears perk up when he hears how Mordecai saved his life some years before,
and he wonders what kind of reward Mordecai received since nothing is
mentioned. Despite the early hour of the morning, he asks his servants who
might be present in the court and finds out Haman has just arrived. Haman thinks to ask the king permission to
hang Mordecai, but God – and the king – have a VERY different plan!
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