Today's reading: Esther 3:7-15
Haman's vengeful scheming against the Jews takes on structure and form as we move further into Esther 3. But it wasn't Haman's evil plan of annihilation that drew my attention today--it was King Ahasuerus and his poor example as a leader. The information Haman tells the king about the Jews is a lie. His suggestion to wipe out an entire race of people is absolutely horrific and evil. Yet, Ahasuerus doesn't ask even one searching follow-up question, nor do we see any objections from the king about taking such drastic, deadly action. Instead, Ahasuerus blindly accepts Haman's representation and then issues an edict approving the slaughter of every Jew residing in the kingdom.
Ahasuerus was not a good or responsible leader in this situation. His actions highlight a lack of care for those under his rule, that he wasn't fully engaged in his role as king, and that discernment was not an area of strength for him. This account certainly provides a valuable lesson on leadership, but from a "how not to lead" perspective.
What did you learn or notice about making decisions and leading from Ahasuerus? What does this account reveal about the importance of being cautious in choosing advisors, counselors and friends? Tami
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