Today, we read in chapter 3 how Mordeci refuses to bow down to Haman, who was recently promoted to prime minister, the second highest office. Day after day Mordy refuses to bow and show him respect. The question I have is why did Mordy refuse to bow down? Is this not what the king had commanded? Did Mordy refuse to bow to the king as well? Now, it’s easy to see that Haman is a self-serving, evil man. Just to know he wanted to exact his revenge on Mordy by slaughtering every Jew, not just Mordy show the real character of Haman. So, it’s easy for me to believe that Mordy refused to bow to Haman because he didn’t respect him.
In trying to apply this to my life today, are we to honor our laws except towards those we don’t particularly like? No, I don’t think so. If Mordy had gone ahead and bowed down to Haman as the king requested, the entire book of Esther would be very uneventful and very short. We probably would not be reading it today because it wouldn’t even be a book. So, can we all agree that in spite of how Mordy disobeyed, which nearly caused the entire nation of Jewish people to be slaughtered, God stepped in and saved the day through a daring act from Queen Esther?
Can we safely agree that no matter how we may have screwed up in the past, God can step in with an unlikely surprise and rescue us? Yes! God is good. peace,