The book of Esther is an interesting book. Those in the book include an egocentric, insomniac king who drinks too much, a queen who loses her position, a beautiful Jewish orphan who becomes queen in her place, the cousin who raised her, and a clear villain. That villain, Haman, succeeds at having no redeeming qualities.
Certainly, one of the major downfalls of Haman was pride. He is a living, breathing example of everything that the Bible says about pride. As the Bible says, If you humble yourself, you will be exalted. If you exalt yourself, you will be humbled. Haman’s life experience proved those statements true.
Haman also demonstrates another truth. There is no quicker way to zap the joy out of life and to lessen our appreciation of our blessings than to be fixated on extreme dislike, even hatred, for another individual. Haman had that kind of hatred for Esther’s cousin, Mordecai the Jew. Mordecai, as you know, refused to obey the royal edict to bow down and pay homage to Haman. This infuriated Haman, and he plotted not only to kill Mordecai, but also to extend that punishment to the entire Jewish nation.
Consider this evidence from Esther 5:10-13: “…Calling together his friends, and Zeresh, his wife, Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials. ‘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. But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.’”
Haman was incapable of enjoying the considerable blessings of his life because he was blinded with hatred for Mordecai. His hatred consumed him. It captivated his thoughts.
Learn the lesson of Haman. Do not let relational upheaval ruin your life. Leave no room in your life for hatred of others.