And the king returned from the palace garden to the place where they were drinking wine, as Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was. And the king said, “Will he even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?”
Walking through Esther via Beth Moore is an interesting journey. Unfortunately, I’ve missed the last two DVD sessions, but I can still hear her voice ringing through the pages of my study. I admire this word-nerd, passionate speaker. This particular Esther verse really stood out to me today. Jealousy is not an emotion I consider very often. It was interesting to see jealousy in comparison with anger, and how effective both are at blinding you to reason and reality.
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
Jealousy trumps anger. That’s powerful to think about simply because anger IS an emotion I’ve considered often. It is a dangerous emotion that can easily be allowed to overcome you, and cause you to sin. Jealousy is worse!
The situation Esther brought to the king’s attention made him angry. The king left for the garden. He returned, and jealousy sealed Haman’s fate right then and there. For all the crimes of ambition and hatred he did commit, Haman hung on the gallows that night for a crime he did not commit… because the mere appearance inflamed the king’s jealousy. Yeah. Jealousy is some seriously dangerous stuff.
Watch out for the jealousy within you! You will get stupid, and do stupid, sinful things. Not everything can be fixed. Our God forgives immediately when we come to him in repentance, BUT there are still consequences in this fallen world. Don’t let jealousy mow down your life. Stay close to God, know his will for you, be in prayer and be in His Word – wear the full suit of armor that God provides. Live free and victorious in Jesus.