Today's reading: Esther 3:1-6
After Esther is chosen as the new queen, King Ahasuerus elevates Haman, one of the members of the king's team of leaders, to be second in command over the kingdom. As part of Haman's promotion, the king issues the command that those in his service bow down and pay homage to (worship) Haman. As a Jew following the commands of God, Mordecai will not take part in this unlawful worship. When Haman becomes aware of Mordecai's actions (actually his inaction in refusing to worship him), he is furious. In this enraged state of mind, Haman's anger quickly turns to hatred and then to his vengefully seeking to destroy ALL the Jews residing in the kingdom.
Identify a time or situation when you were prideful. How did your pride influence your thinking and actions? What are some of the dangers of operating with a prideful attitude? What does Haman's example show us about the relationship between pride and anger? Tami
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