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WEARING A BAG OVER YOUR HEAD

"...Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered...As the word left the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face" (Esther 6:12, 7:8)

 

Wicked Haman; that's the name by which we know him. Once he was so red-faced that Mordecai the Jew got promoted and he demoted that he pulled a bag over his head and ran home pouting. His wife Zeresh was always there to console him. Adam had his fig leaf covering exposed and stripped away but Haman was never confronted about his paper bag veil. Instead his wife's collaboration only worsened his error. Hiding is not the way. God won't cover what we won't uncover. "He who covers his sin will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13). Job confessed, "If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom...Surely I would carry it on my shoulder..." (Job 33:33,36) No more bag over the head.

 

He that loves the light comes to the light. The guy with a bag over his head is prone to stumble for not seeing the way. It is kind of comical, all attention was on Mordecai, being promoted, riding the king's own white mule, robed with the king's stately robes, yet Haman was so self-absorbed as to believe the spotlight was still on him. He bagged his head so no one would see his humiliation. "Sorry, Haman, no one was looking your way anyhow!"

 

With a bag over his head he could never see the truth. It's called pulling the blinds shut on your own self. Haman went to Esther's banquet, which would turn into his own court hearing, thinking he was the star of the show. What he thought was his swan song had vultures circling overhead. God was about to reverse the curse. Haman had plotted to exterminate the Jews while God let the plot backfire on Haman's own head. The gallows he built for Mordecai became his own execution device. He grabbed Esther begging for mercy. When the king walked in Haman was stretched out on Esther's couch. King Xerxes demanded, "Will the man actually violate the queen in my very presence?" Right then the king's attendants wrapped a cloth over Haman's head and marched him to the gallows.

 

Moral of the story, keep your chin up and let your life be an open book. He lived with a bag over his head and ended with a hood over his head. John Baptist's outlook works a whole lot better, "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30).


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