Esther 3* Haman seeks to destroy the Jews. (1-6) He obtains a decreeagainst the Jews. (7-15)1-6 Mordecai refused to reverence Haman. The religion of a Jewforbade him to give honours to any mortal man which savoured ofidolatry, especially to so wicked a man as Haman. By nature allare idolaters; self is our favourite idol, we are pleased to betreated as if every thing were at our disposal. Though religionby no means destroys good manners, but teaches us to renderhonour to whom honour is due, yet by a citizen of Zion, not onlyin his heart, but in his eyes, such a vile person as Haman was,is contemned, #Ps 15:4|. The true believer cannot obey edicts,or conform to fashions, which break the law of God. He must obeyGod rather than man, and leave the consequences to him. Hamanwas full of wrath. His device was inspired by that wickedspirit, who has been a murderer from the beginning; whose enmityto Christ and his church, governs all his children. 7-15 Without some acquaintance with the human heart, and thehistory of mankind, we should not think that any prince couldconsent to a dreadful proposal, so hurtful to himself. Let us bethankful for mild and just government. Haman inquires, accordingto his own superstitions, how to find a lucky day for thedesigned massacre! God's wisdom serves its own purposes by men'sfolly. Haman has appealed to the lot, and the lot, by delayingthe execution, gives judgment against him. The event explainsthe doctrine of a particular providence over all the affairs ofmen, and the care of God over his church. Haman was afraid lestthe king's conscience should smite him for what he had done; toprevent which, he kept him drinking. This cursed method manyoften take to drown convictions, and to harden their own hearts,and the hearts of others, in sin. All appeared in a favourabletrain to accomplish the project. But though sinners arepermitted to proceed to the point they aim at, an unseen butalmighty Power turns them back. How vain and contemptible arethe strongest assaults against Jehovah! Had Haman obtained hiswish, and the Jewish nation perished, what must have become ofall the promises? How could the prophecies concerning the greatRedeemer of the world have been fulfilled? Thus the everlastingcovenant itself must have failed, before this diabolical projectcould take place
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