The fall begins to happen when by the providence of the Lord – having been in operation even before this particular moment – Haman’s thinking in regards to himself gets the better of him (cf. Proverbs 11:2; 16:8). What he had hoped to do to Mordecai and the Jews was now in the beginning stages of being done to him. The king was unaware of this, but Haman’s house was not.
Application: How in the world could Haman allow himself to think so highly of himself as he did? It is not as difficult as you might think. First, in a political environment where achievements are recognized, Haman accomplished much and, thus, knew what worked to get noticed and what did not. Second, if there is no objective moral foundation that is higher than self, then what one thinks ought to be done will be done and it will be done in accordance with one own subjective moral code. Third, in such an environment, one always had to look behind to see that their backside was protected. If Haman did what he did, he knew well that others might (will) do the same. Fourth, perhaps Haman looked upon the king as one who could be maneuvered. Fifth, he had success in all this.
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