Esther 3:1 Until He Was Promoted

Esther 3:1 (KJV)
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.

We do not hear of Haman until the king chooses to promote him. 

Isn’t it interesting that, in chapters one and two, we have the names of the princes and leaders under Ahasuerus and Haman is not mentioned? How he rose to such heights in such a short time is a mystery. One wonders, given the revealed nature of Haman, if it wasn’t through some sort of evil. 

Here’s my thought; Haman didn’t get into trouble until he was promoted. I am reminded that one must be careful whenever one is advanced. 

Pride can set in
Isn’t that what happened to Haman? He may have been a proud man previously, but this promotion certainly amplified and exposed it.

Testing may come
God chooses to test us and see what our mettle is. For Haman, that test was in the form of Mordecai. 

Haman did not pass the test 
It’s not evil to be promoted. But those who advance must be aware of the dangers of such promotions. It would be better to remain unknown and unnoticed than to be promoted and destroyed through it. 

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Esther 3:1 Until He Was Promoted

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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