Fueled By Pride
Today's reading: Esther 3:1-6
After Esther is chosen as the new queen, King Ahasuerus elevates Haman, one of his 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 and a follower of God, Mordecai cannot in good conscience take part in this worship. When Haman becomes aware of Mordecai's actions (actually his inaction in bowing down), he is furious. In this enraged state of mind, Haman's anger quickly turns to hatred and his seeking to destroy ALL the Jews residing in the kingdom.
How does pride influence our thinking, and ultimately our actions? In your experience, why is being prideful so dangerous? What does Haman's example show us about the relationship between pride and anger? Tami
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