Today's reading: Esther 3:7-15
Haman's vengeful scheming against the Jews takes on structure and form as we move further into Esther 3. But Haman's evil plan of annihilation wasn't what drew my attention today. Instead, it was King Ahasuerus and his poor leadership example. The information Haman tells the king about the Jews is a lie, and Haman’s suggestion to wipe out an entire race of people is horrific and evil. Yet, we don't see even one searching follow up question, nor do we see any objections, from Ahasuerus about taking such deadly action. Instead, Ahasuerus blindly accepts Haman's representation and then issues an edict approving the slaughter of every Jew residing in the kingdom.
Ahasuerus was not a good or responsible leader in this situation. His actions highlighted a lack of care for those under his rule, that he wasn't fully engaged in his role as king, and that discernment was not an area of strength for him. King Ahasuerus' actions in Esther 3 certainly provide us with a lesson on leadership, but from the negative or "how not to lead" perspective.
What did you learn or notice about making decisions and leading from Ahasuerus? Why is it important that we be cautious in choosing advisors, counselors and friends? Tami
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