“He’s not bowing down. He’s showing me no honor,” he thought to himself.

“You see that man over there? Go over and remind him of what he’s supposed to do when he sees me.”

Haman had received the promotion that he had worked so hard for. It was the promotion that “advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him” (Esther 3.1). And with the promotion came respect and homage paid toward him. The only problem for Haman is that for a man filled with pride and self-worship, others bowing and paying homage to him became a silent poison that would move through the veins of his soul until it was too late.

Day after day, Haman would leave the king’s gate to the bowing of heads, except for one.

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