The Story of Esther
Outside of the palace, Haman, the son of Hammedatha, an Agagite, was given authority over all the princes who were with him. The king’s servants at the king’s gate, bowed down and paid homage to Haman. Moredecai would not bow down to him because Haman’s ancestors were enemies of the Jews, and bowing to Haman would acknowledge him as a god.
Haman was angered because of Mordecai and set out to destroy all Jews. He was on a personal quest for power and his hatred of the Jews consumed him. He went to King Ahaseurus and said, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all provinces of your kingdom, their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king’s interest to let them remain. (Esther 3:8) LASB – NASB*
“If it is pleasing to the King, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the King’s business, to put into the king’s treasuries.” (Esther 3:9) LASB – NASB*
The king agreed to this, of course, not knowing Esther was a Jew. The king’s scribes wrote everything down as Haman wished, in several languages and sealed the letters with the king’s signet ring (a ring with the king’s seal engraved in it).
These letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces to destroy, kill, and annihilate all Jews, no matter their age, and the Jew’s possessions were to be plundered.
To be ready for this day, a copy of the edict (an announcement of law) was issued in every province. The city of Susa (also known as Shushan) was deep in confusion.
…Stay tuned for what happens next!