Then the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king’s command?” And when they spoke to him day after day and he would not listen to them, they told Haman, in order to see whether Mordecai’s words would stand, for he had told them that he was a Jew. And when Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus. – Esther 3:3-6 ESV
This is a great story that ties so many things together. Haman not only represents the world, but he also represents the evil that has been at war with God and His people since the beginning. Isaiah 14:13, speaks to the battles beginnings; You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I have heard many theologians say that time began when there became more than one will! The original sin was not in Genesis 3, mans rebellion in the Garden of Eden, it began in the Heavenlies with Satan wanting to get some of God’s glory. Which is not much different from the world we live in today. To God be the glory, great things He hath done, So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in. (Frances J. Crosby) God is omniscient, He has perfect knowledge, and He is not constrained by the laws and dimensions He created. God sits above time; He is not bound by time. God knows all and sees all- God cannot learn, or He would cease being God. God and His people had an Amalekite problem from the Beginning, and they would cause havoc if not eliminated, similar to termites.
Leader, In Exodus 17 we first experience the Amalekites and God passes Judgement: Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner, saying, “A hand upon the throne of the LORD! The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” God is a good Father and He wants the best for His children. Even when His commands and outcomes don’t make sense to we, His Children, they are done with His omniscience in mind! The Israelites did NOT destroy all the Amalekites at that time and they would come back to bite the Jews.
Conduit, “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God. Therefore when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies around you, in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget. (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) This is the same reason that King Saul had lost his Kingdom, because again, God warned about the Amalekites and the problem they would be to the Jews, and told King Saul to destroy every one of them! And the LORD sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ Why haven’t you obeyed the LORD? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the LORD’s sight?” But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.” (1 Samuel 15:18-19,22-23) Haman was a descendent of King Agag of the Amalekites, they were sworn enemies of the Jews. There have been many SWORN ENEMIES of the Jews throughout History, and many have attempted to destroy them all: Herod, Haman, Hitler. Why is there so much anti-Semitism, because the Jews are God’s chosen people. The World has attempted to thwart the plans of God since Genesis 3 and until Revelation 21, that battle will continue. We must realize that God SEE ALL, KNOWS ALL and is the Master Manipulator of all things! This is why we are called to have FAITH in the LORD and lean not on our own understanding! In these dark times in America we must KNOW that God is STILL on the throne and REMEMBER: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.