Do Instigators Tell The Truth
In the book of Esther, Mordecai knew first hand what it was to have Haman, the instigator, call him a troublemaker.
Haman was an extremely arrogant leader under King Xerxes. He was consumed with hatred for Mordecai and his people, the Jews. Esther 3:5-6 – When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.
The true troublemaker was Haman not Mordecai, but because Mordecai refused to bow to him, Haman targeted Mordecai and the Jews.
The same characteristics we see in Haman, the instigator, we also see in individuals today.
Proverbs 10:12a – Hatred stirs up dissension. The troublemaker is angry, envious, jealous, a slanderer and full of hate.
Proverbs 10:18 – He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
Proverbs 26:24-26 – A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be in the assembly.
Proverbs 26:28 – A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Unfortunately, Bobby and I can relate to Mordecai. We have been targeted and called troublemakers because we will not accept and bow down to Delilah-Jezebel or Judas.
Titus 3:10-11 – Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
These individuals are sinning and they know they are causing trouble. However, just as God brought justice to Mordecai and his people, the Jews. We know and believe God will bring justice for us as well.
Esther 7:9-10 – ….. “A gallows seventy-five feet high stands by Haman’s house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Hang him on it!” So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.
Proverbs 26:27 – If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.
Psalm 7:14-16 – He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
Psalm 7:9 – O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.