FROM THE PULPIT

Ancient Words: Israel (5) Haman and Hamas

By Scott Johnson

Actually Ha-man and Ha-mas have a lot in common. If you have not seen "Esther" now playing in Branson, you are missing a blessing and an amazing re-enactment of God's plan to thwart evil perpetrated upon the Jewish people (the people of Judah) as the very last event recorded in our Old Testament.

As the OT age comes to a close in our Bible, Malachi is the last book, however, in the timeline, the book of Esther contains the last event. After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the king's gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor. Then the royal officials at the king's gate asked Mordecai, "Why do you disobey the king's command?" Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply. Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai's behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.

When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai's people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai's people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes. In the twelfth year of King Xerxes, in the first month, the month of Nisan, the pur (that is, the lot) was cast in the presence of Haman to select a day and month. And the lot fell on the twelfth month, the month of Adar. Then Haman said to King Xerxes, "There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king's laws; it is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will give ten thousand talents of silver to the king's administrators for the royal treasury."

So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. "Keep the money," the king said to Haman, "and do with the people as you please." Then on the thirteenth day of the first month the royal secretaries were summoned. They wrote out in the script of each province and in the language of each people all Haman's orders to the king's satraps, the governors of the various provinces and the nobles of the various peoples. These were written in the name of King Xerxes himself and sealed with his own ring. Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews--young and old, women and children--on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods. A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day. The couriers went out, spurred on by the king's command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.

(Est 3:1-15 NIV)

Haman sought to eradicate the Jews from all of Persia--the ruling kingdom of the world at that time. The thought was conceived, the plan was hatched, and the date was set to kill every living Jew in Persia.

In today's current events, the thought has been conceived, the plan has been hatched, and October 7, 2023, was set as the date to begin the eradication of the Jews. The spirit of Haman lives in Hamas--and the spirit of Hamas has yet to be condemned by the spirit of Islam which as a matter of record matches the spirit of Hitler in Nazi Germany in the 1900's pertaining to the Jews. Israel, as we have learned, is a word created by our Jehovah God, spoken by His mouth, and means to prevail with God---and with God, one will prevail!

Israel flies their flag, the Star of David. David was a Jew and from his lineage comes Jesus Christ a Jew and King of the Jews (the people of Judah). This season of Christmas, as we pay our tribute to Bethlehem's Star, let's pray for Israel and that just as the spirit of Haman was defeated by God's amazing intervention, the spirit of Hamas (throughout the world) will be defeated once again by God's amazing intervention! Noel, Noel--Noel, Noel--Born is the King of Israel! (note "Noel" is Latin for "Good News"!!). Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!

"Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (Rev 22:12-16 NIV)

Scott and Jane Johnson minister with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible questions can be sent to [email protected]

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