Esther 5.11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

Like the religious fraud in the temple in Luke 18, Hamaan is a man that is full of himself and his alleged accomplishments. He is going to learn the lesson of the Scriptures: Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Pride always precedes destruction. All the time, every time. No exceptions. Pride is the sin that brought down Lucifer. It is that ugly attitude of self inflation that considers yourself better than others. It is a murderous spirit. It is a divisive spirit. It is the anti-God state of mind.

But in the book of Esther, there is another man by the name of Mordecai. He feared God and not man. He refused to bow down in homage and honor before the proud Hamaan. And this perceived insult of a single man outweighed all the honor and wealth Hamaan had received. As a result, he came up with a plot to wipe out not only Mordecai, but all of the Jews in the kingdom as well.

Beware, lest your pride drive you to hatred and perhaps even the harm of others. The sin of pride often turns into hatred and goes on the offensive to vindicate your super ego that has been offended or hurt. The spirit of pride is unleashed when others do not bow down to you and meet your needs. With serpent like venom, you project your personal feelings about someone or some church in a way that paints them in a the most horrendous light. Like Hamaan, you will not be content until you see them hanged. The wages of Hamaan’s pride was death. His empty boasting and foolish pride only led him into shame and defeat.

Followers of Jesus are called to be like Him, strong in Spirit, but meek and lowly in heart. If the spirit or attitude of pride is not confessed and repented of, it will take you further into sin than you ever thought you could go. Pride will get you hung up beloved. Every time.