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WICKEDNESS REVEALED

Esther 7:6 “Esther said, ‘A foe and an enemy is this wicked Haman!’ Then Haman became terrified before the king and queen.”

 EXPOSED

I love this part of the story.  Haman thought he was “living high on the hog,” as the old saying goes.  He was near the king in power.  He had been feasting privately with the king and queen.  He had arrived, so he thought.  And then the tables were turned on him.

Haman was blindsided by Queen Esther.  She revealed to the king that Haman planned to have even her killed in his revenge against Mordecai and the Jews.  Haman’s best laid plans backfired in his face.  That very day he lost his life.

TEACHING MOMENT

Children need to be taught that scheming against others will be exposed at some point. It may take time, but the truth will be revealed.  Planning evil displeases the Lord.  Planning to sin displeases the Lord.  None of us are perfect.  We will all sin, but we should NEVER plan to sin.

So, what do you do when you discover your child’s intention to harm?  You deal with it immediately.  You cannot let this kind of thing go.  You don’t wait to let them carry out the act. You discipline accordingly and firmly.  “Come on, Carl.  They are just kids.”  Exactly! It is our responsibility to train them. Discipline is part of that.  It is not fun, but it is necessary.

Have you ever schemed against someone?  Maybe as a child you planned how to get back at a sibling.  Maybe as an adult you plotted your revenge against someone who had done you wrong.  Confess that now, if you haven’t already.  You must maintain your fellowship with the Father.  Unconfessed sin breaks that.

Lord, forgive me for harboring resentment against another.  Forgive me for trying to “get even” with others.  Give me Your heart and Your passion to see them come to Christ.

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