As the tension mounts, so do tempers. Why is Haman in "high spirits"? What infuriates Haman most about Mordecai? Comparing yourself to Haman, how do you react when someone touches your "hot button"? Are you like a firecracker with a short fuse or a long fuse?
Haman's friends and family are great at stoking the fires of his pride. Why do they do this? Why do they give him such bombastic and bad advice? Why do people surround themselves with people like this? Who have you surrounded yourself with? What kind of advice are they willing to give you?
It is ironic that the King can not sleep. What could be keeping the king up that night (see 5:14)? What does he do when he can't sleep? Where do you see the hand of God in all this: In circumstances? Hearts? Humor?
What do Haman's pride and racial hatred bring him? What do Mordecai's meekness and loyalty bring him?What is the object lesson here for us? What spiritual law do you see at work here?
C.S. Lewis wrote, "A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you." How has unhealthy pride affected your life and the life of those around you? Is there ever such a thing as holy pride? If so, how does it lead to a different outcome?
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