Lessons from Esther 3
I had some pretty interesting observations – from a business perspective.
Haman identified a problem (Mordecai not bowing down before him), he was passionate (burned with fury), saw the bigger picture and conducted market research (how he could eliminate not just Mordecai, but all of his relatives), made a plan (took about 12 months), made Divine consultations (casting lots), worked with a team, created a catchy strategy that was easy for the messengers to deliver (Ref. Hab.2:2), planned for HOW the message would be delivered – in the exact way (copied documents, brand & marketing strategy), planned so well that it was possible to accomplish the work in a day. He had advisors, a clear vision and was ready to invest in his dream/enterprise, and because of that, it was easy to get resources (the king’s backing).
In the end, he was able to sit and drink as his plan was being executed. Good planning leads to that, whereas with planning the leader will always be running around fixing things.
Also, planning is important – a whole chapter has been devoted to that!
I had not seen it that way before, but boy oh boy do I want to practice that!!
On the other hand, though, the people who told Haman about Mordecai had noted that he hadn’t bowed down for a long time, and he hadn’t paid homage. Mordecai was consistent in his faith and did not waver or give in to pressure.
In the same breath, his actions got to be known by Haman through others. We don’t always have to ‘sell’ ourselves, our good deeds can be seen and publicized.
Unfortunately, it was Mordecai’s companions who told on him. What kind of friends do we have?
Mordecai was one, but Haman wanted to kill all the Jews. As much as that was a bad thing, we should know that we represent a lot of people. We should not despise ourselves.