Objectified to Death

Handwritten page from the book if Esther chapter 2 verse 22 through chapter 3 verse 12.
Esther 2:22-3:12

Synopsis     Esther 2:22-3:12     11/13/2020 

Mordecai was a faithful man. For his job, he served the king in administration in the outer court. So, when he discovered that two other administrators planned to assassinate the king, he reported the situation immediately. Specifically, he told Queen Esther who then reported it to the king.  

After this, the king elevated a man named Haman to the highest rank in the court. And he honored Haman with special signs of respect. However, Mordecai refused to honor Haman in the manner proscribed by the king. So eventually, Modecai’s behavior was reported to Haman.  

But Haman did not address Mordecai directly. Instead, he plotted to use his official power to kill him. What’s more, his plan included killing all the Jews living in the empire.  So, on an opportune day, Haman persuaded the king to issue an order condemning all Jews to death. And with the king’s permission, Haman wrote the order himself. 

Objectified to Death 

Haman viewed Mordecai as a problem instead of a person. And so, instead of confronting Mordecai on the level of interpersonal communication, he sought to eliminate the problem by eliminating the person.  

What’s more, he sought to destroy all the Israelites with Mordecai. So, in this way, he hoped to destroy any potential for the problem to rise up again.

Eliminating the Other is not a Solution 

Mother Teresa is quoted, “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that [I] may live as [I] wish.”  

Any time that I see another person and perceive them as an essential problem, I am on the edge of grave, moral failure.  

“They shall not harm or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea.” Isaiah 11:9 

November 13, 2020

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