Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #9
Hatred of the Jews. Not a new idea, unfortunately, but one that we see here. Read Esther 3:1-6.
After these events King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and established his authority over all the princes who were with him. All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage. Then the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why are you transgressing the king’s command?” Now it was when they had spoken daily to him and he would not listen to them, that they told Haman to see whether Mordecai’s reason would stand; for he had told them that he was a Jew. When Haman saw that Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage to him, Haman was filled with rage. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.
Esther 3:1-6 NASB1995
Mordecai refused to bow. Even now that the king had appointed a person to be a ruler as well, Mordecai was a Jew and would not worship anyone besides the one true God. Many people have hated the Jews over the years and sought to kill them, Hitler being just one example, and often it comes from the fact that the Jews will not acknowledge anyone else as a god and will only worship the one true God.
Are we that consistent in our faith? Do we commit to following God, even if no one else will?