Haman & Mordecai: When God Turns Evil For Good

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:28 BSB

9 That day Haman went out full of joy and glad of heart. At the king’s gate, however, he saw Mordecai, who did not rise or tremble in fear at his presence. And Haman was filled with rage toward Mordecai. -Esther 5:9 BSB

Haman’s ancestry was from the Amalekites see 1 Samuel 15:32. The reason Haman had a deep-rooted hatred for the Jews was that God commanded King Saul to wipe them out from the face of the earth. God gave Saul that command because they first tried to kill the Jews when they came out of the land of Egypt.

1 Then Samuel said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people Israel. Now therefore, listen to the words of the LORD. 2 This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘I witnessed what the Amalekites did to the Israelites when they ambushed them on their way up from Egypt. 3 Now go and attack the Amalekites and devote to destruction all that belongs to them. Do not spare them, but put to death men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” -1 Samuel 15:1-3 BSB

Side note: “put to death men and women, children and infants” Even though children and infants are innocent, we have to recognize that wicked and evil people were once children and infants and they grow up to do horrific things. God knows a person’s future and He gives every human being an expiration date when they are going to die. Some have it a few months after birth, others a few decades, and yet others several decades. Everyone’s life is in God’s hands.

Haman hated that Mordecai wouldn’t show him respect by bowing down in his presence (Esther 3:5). The hatred for the Jews coupled with the disrespect He felt from Mordecai opened up the door to the devil. Haman’s wife was used by Satan to put it into his mind to kill all the Jews (genocide).

14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends told him, “Have them build a gallows fifty cubits high, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai hanged on it. Then go to the banquet with the king and enjoy yourself.” The advice pleased Haman, and he had the gallows constructed. -Esther 5:14 BSB

While all this was happening, God, who knows all things was on His Throne, not breaking a sweat because He already had a plan. In other words, everything was falling into His plan.

Before all this occurred with Haman, Mordecai saved the king’s life. Yet, Mordecai didn’t receive a reward for his good deed. God was keeping the king from rewarding him until the proper time.

21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who guarded the entrance, grew angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. 22 When Mordecai learned of the plot, he reported it to Queen Esther, and she informed the king on Mordecai’s behalf. -Esther 2:21-22 BSB

So Haman goes early in the morning to the king’s court to ask the king to kill Mordecai, while at the same time, the king had in his mind how he was going to bless Mordecai for saving his life. God held Mordecai’s reward to give it to him at the perfect time. God kept King Xerxes from sleeping and put it in his mind to read the book of records so that he would read the section of what Mordecai did for him (Esther 6:1-3).

You have two men meeting face to face, having the same man in their minds with two different outcomes for him. God didn’t allow King Xerxes to tell Haman what he wanted to do for Mordecai. The king asked Haman the best way to bless the man he wanted to honor. God made it that Haman would think it was him, so he would give the king the best advice on how to bless Mordecai without knowing it was for him (Esther 6:6-9).

Mind you, the wicked man, Haman, built a 75 feet gallows to hang Mordecai on it. But God turned it around. What Haman wanted to do to Mordecai happened to him, and the blessing that Haman wanted for himself went to Mordecai. You can read this in Esther Chapter 6 & 7. Not only did Haman die, but all of his kids died as well.

If you feel that God is not paying any attention to all that you have done for Him and are still struggling financially, emotionally, or in any other way, don’t worry, God hasn’t forgotten you. God will bless you at the proper time. He will give it to you when you need it the most and when its most impact of blessing will occur. He does this so that you will recognize that our blessings come from the Lord, and without Him, you can do nothing.

The only way to receive God’s blessing is by obeying the Word of God. Reading God’s Word is not just to fill our minds with knowledge but to put what we learn into practice.