Esther 5

though. Pride

What I see here is a lot of pride…I’m talking about Haman.

His entire self worth and how his mood is based on how other people perceive him.

We start with why he became the enemy of the jews….

9 Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.

Mordecai didn’t respect Haman….pretty much just ignored him.  That enraged him before in the previous chapters and it does so now.

You see he was happy though, before he saw Mordecai.

Do you know why?

12 “And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow.

It’s because he thought he was special.  Because the Queen invited him to join the king.  As far as he can tell…he was 2nd only to the king.  And that brought him great joy.

I think it’s ok for this to bring great joy though.  If a Queen recognized me, that would be joy.  But we can see that Haman has pride beyond what is normal.  When strangers ignore you and you get upset….maybe you have too much pride?

Anyways, when we see our identity rooted in Christ, we don’t need someone else’s approval.