Posted by Peter Thompson

Esther 3:7-15

Recipe for Disaster

INTRODUCTION:  You will remember that Mordecai took a stand against Haman, because he believed it was what God would have him do.  This angered Haman against all of the Jews who he hated anyway.  So he hatches this plan to turn the king against these people on a great day of slaughter.  The king makes a rash decision here that brings about disaster for the Jews.  There are four actions that the king took that led to this disaster.  And if you don’t watch out and stay away from these actions you will bring about disaster in your life and around you as well.

  1. DO NOT SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE WRONG KIND OF PEOPLE (V. 7)
  2. DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT YOU HEAR (V. 8)
  3. DO NOT ACT OUT OF GREED (V. 9)
  4. DO NOT PUT YOUR FAITH IN PEOPLE BLINDLY (VS. 10-15)

CONCLUSION:  The final line of this passage is telling.  The people in Shushan were perplexed.  The word means confused.  They were not sure why the decree was made so suddenly.  They had friends around that were Jews and they wanted to know why their friends were suddenly going to be put to death.  There was no sense to this decree.  But because the king surrounded himself with foolish people, believed every word that he heard from those foolish people, was greedy and put his faith blindly in a man, this terrible act was going to happen.  Make sure that you do not do those same things and bring about disaster in your life.