First off, I ran across a website for research which has proven really useful http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com so there it is if you want another reference. I’ll list it on my Links page too.
Agagite – descendent of Agag (Amalekite King)
Saul disobeyed God and never killed all of them which is why God gave the kingdom to David. Had Saul obeyed God, Haman would not be causing problems now and the Davidic lineage would not be in jeopardy.
King A. promoted Haman over all the princes who were with him
No reason was given for this promotion so we don’t know why Haman deserved this honor
The Kings servants spoke with Mordecai daily but he wouldn’t listen to them
**Rabbinical Literature (see above website) It is said that Haman had an idolatrous image on his robes and that is why Mordecai refused to bow down because to bow down in front of Haman would be to worship the idol. (Not sure if this is true or not but this is not the first instance of a Jewish person refusing to bow down .. think of Daniel and his friends).
3:7 Pur, a lot (broken piece, poor) – Concordance
Hamas cast lots to determine the day of extermination.
As with the betrayal of Jesus, again, silver was part of this betrayal.
3:11 It looks like the silver was offered to the King by Haman an then the King refused it, gave it back to Haman to do with as he pleased (?) I’ll have to read up on this some more. I’m not up on cultural customs and such. Was the silver just a symbolic gesture only?
3:15 Couriers were sent out by the Kings command and a decree was issued at the citadel itself in Susa. ~Interesting phrase here:~ and while the king and Haman sat down to drink, the city of Susa was in confusion.
Couple of things I notice in this verse:
The King really had nothing to do with the letters being sent out. That was all Haman using the Kings royal ring to authenticate the communications.
The King pretty much gave away his authority (signet ring) to Haman. Haman is holding and wielding the power of the King with possession of THAT ring.
The reversal of roles between Haman and the King is confusing. How one man could suddenly hold so much power when he really is nothing more than a servant. Haman’s power is only his because it was “gifted” or “loaned” to him by the King but that would lead to confusion for those in the know anyway. Then I start thinking of politics and political backstabbing and such. I get this image of Haman working behind the scenes to gain followers to support himself etc. Yeah, I can see this.
The city of Susa, which had lived and worked with the “Jews”, mingled, socialized, inter-married with them, would be confused at this edict. No one knew that Mordecai was a Jew until he told the servants. The King and Haman, they don’t know that the Queen is Jewish.
So Haman picks a day a year down the road for “extermination” of these “bad” people. That’s nice. It sounds like the provinces have their work cut out for them in determining just who is Jewish and who isn’t.
I think what I’m seeing with Haman is a chance for him to fulfill hundreds of years of animosity. This is more than just a slight by one man, this is race against race. A lot like we are seeing in the middle east and other places in the world today. It makes me wonder how much of this would have or could have been avoided had one man (Saul) obeyed God?
Then I have to automatically go to Adam.. how much of all this could have or would have been avoided if Adam had obeyed God in the first place?