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In the last post of the Book of Esther Series, we learned how important it was that Esther knew how to be patient. As we pick up the story, we learn about the dangers of pride. Haman is on his way to the palace. He is on top of the world but he has no idea what has happened during the night.
The king couldn’t sleep and much like us, he reached for a book to read. He picked what was surely to be boring but he was wrong. While reading the book that had all of the past events of the kingdom recorded, he found something very interesting.
The king discovered that Mordecai had saved his life by revealing a plot to assassinate him. Upon finding out that Mordecai had not been rewarded for his efforts, the king decided that he would honor him.
Pride Reveals Itself
Now remember, Haman was getting ready to ask the king for the execution of Mordecai. He had even had the pole constructed so it could be done without delay. Then the king asks Haman an important question, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” (Esther 6:6)
Well, of course Haman thinks it is himself the king wishes to honor. Who else would the king have found to be pleasing? So, in pure Haman style, he lists off an incredible litany of things the king could do for him. (Esther 6:7-9)
The king is pleased with Haman’s suggestions and commands him to go at once to do these things for Mordecai. Haman does as the king commands and there really is no mention of Haman’s reaction. But I can imagine that he did not give Mordecai the pomp and circumstance that he had envisioned for himself.
A Warning is Given
After he honored Mordecai, Haman went home and told his family what had happened. Just the day before his family convinced him to build the pole to execute Mordecai but now they are not being as optimistic. Instead, they warn him that Mordecai will cause his death. Then the kings messengers came to take him to Queen Esther’s second banquet.
A Question Answered
For the third time, the king asks Esther what her request is. She is finally ready to answer his question.
The king asks Esther who the person is that has dared to threaten her and her people. She tells the king that it is Haman and the king is angry and storms out of the room. A terrified Haman, stays to plead for his life to Queen Esther.
At the exact moment the king returned, Haman fell onto the couch that Esther was reclining on. The king thought that Haman was trying to assault his Queen.
After the king’s men covered Haman’s face, one of them spoke up about a pole, 50 cubits high that had been erected on Haman’s property. He then told the king that Haman had intended to execute Mordecai using the pole.
At this moment, the king abruptly issued his order to impale Haman using the pole that was meant for Mordecai.
Pride Leads to Destruction
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The story of Haman is a prime example of this. Haman’s pride ultimately led to his destruction.
Haman thought that he could do no wrong in the king’s eyes and his pride grew to astronomical proportions. Between Haman’s pride and his thirst for revenge, Haman sealed his own fate.
How will your pridefulness bring destruction to your life? It will probably not be as severe as being impaled but there are many ways a life can be destroyed. Will you lose your job because you can’t take constructive criticism? Will you lose friends or will your grown children stop talking to you? It is time to decide how much you are willing to lose because of your prideful nature.