Don't Bow-1

Esther 3:4 “Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s matters would stand for he had told them that he was a Jew.”
Our focal scripture is an extract from the story of Esther. The background to the story is that King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, above the other princes in the kingdom, commanding that everybody did him obeisance.
Esther 3:1 “After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.”
Esther 3:2 “And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence”
Following the promotion every subject in the kingdom was commanded to bow before Haman, which they did, except this “poor gate man” called Mordecai. This gate man refused to bow.
Although he looked poor and wretched physically, but within him, he knew who he was! When they asked him why he refused to bow, he told them without hesitation that he was a Jew! He made them understand Jews don’t bow!
A king made a command and, as it were, one of his most junior servants refused to carry out the order. To make matters worse, Mordecai said he wouldn’t bow simply because he was a Jew. This man was in captivity, but he seemed to know something many people don’t. He was in captive physically, but his mind and heart were not.
Beloved, what is not going right in your life that has forced your head down? Which king in the world has made you bow? It will interest you to know that the name Ahasuerus in the Hebrew means “I will be silent and poor”, while the name Haman means “worldly splendor or magnificence”.
To be continued…
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