Forgave their iniquity.
He did not destroy them.
Often he restrained his anger.
He did not stir up all his wrath.
He remembered that they were but flesh.
They were a wind that passes
And does not come again.
How often they rebelled against him
In the wilderness.
They grieved him in the desert!
They tested God again and again.
They provoked the Holy One of Israel.”
Instead of destroying them all, the compassionate God forgave them. He restrained his anger as he remembered that they were only human. They were like the wind that passes away never to return. They continued to rebel in the wilderness as they grieved him in the desert. Thus the wilderness time lasted longer than they had expected. They continually tested and provoked the God of Israel.
“Haman went out that day from the king happy and in good spirits. But when he saw Mordecai the Jew in the courtyard, and observed that he neither rose nor trembled before him, he was infuriated with Mordecai. Nevertheless Haman restrained himself. He went home. Then he sent and called for his friends and his wife Zeresh. Haman recounted to them the splendor of his riches and the number of his sons. He told them about all the promotions with which the king had honored him. He explained how he had advanced above the officials and ministers of the king. Haman added.
‘Even Queen Esther let no one but me
Come with the king to the banquet that she prepared.
Tomorrow also I am invited by her,
Together with the king.
Yet all this does me no good,
As long as I see the Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.’”
Haman was very happy as he left the king and Queen Esther. However, when he saw Mordecai in the courtyard, he was angry. Mordecai would not recognize his authority, but Haman remained calm and went home. Once at home, he called his friends and wife and told them how wonderful things were going. Haman was a rich man with many sons. He had been promoted and honored by the king. He was the second in command in the kingdom. In fact, he had been the only one invited to a dinner with the king and his wife that day and once again he was invited tomorrow. There was only one thing that really bothered him, the Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.