Divine Code for August 25, 2022
Today: Page 135
Topic 3:30 -- 3:33
From the story of Haman and Mordecai we learn that it is forbidden to bow down to people who identify with idols.
Haman suggested to King Achasverosh that everyone should bow to him, Haman, when he encountered him. To Achasverosh, he made that appear as if that would be his honor for the king. But in reality it was for his own honor.
Haman wanted to be treated as a god. He felt like a god because he was enormously wealthy, he had a lot of political power, and he held the keys of life and death, of building and destroying.
When he walked through the streets he had an idol sewn on his cloak at the place of his heart on his waist and on his back. On his head he wore a hat that represented an idol.
Walking through the streets, passing by Mordecai, Mordecai refused to bow to him.
Mordecai did not bow to Haman because he carried all these different idols.
The story does not tell whether Mordecai would have commanded even if he had not carried these idols, since Haman saw himself as a god, and thus was himself an idol, the question is whether Mordecai would have commanded then.
Let us all follow Rivkah's example!
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