NKJV - 2 And all the king's servants who were within the king's gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage.
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The reason that Mordecai did not bow down to Haman may have been that He and the Jews would only bow down to God: however the Jews would also bow down to their Kings. Also, it seems more than likely that Mordecai bowed to King Ahasuerus who was a most proud and egotistical king looking at his treatment of Queen Vashti. There is another reason for the dislike that both men shared for one another and that relates to their ancestors: Esther 3:1 reveals that Haman is an Agagite. 1 Samuel 15 reveals that King Saul, a Benjamite, captured King Agag and devoted all its people to destruction. Mordecai is also a Benjamite and this may be the reason he didn't bow and why Haman wanted all Jews dead.
Mordecai was the one in particular who wouldn't bow down to Haman. Why? The vast majority accept circumstances for what they are. They would prefer not to cause a ripple effect or stick out. To conflict with requests is to cause the rage of those higher up, extremely perilous in any sort of government, particularly non-vote based ones. The vast majority will forfeit their standards on the off chance that it implies a superior opportunity to be advanced, all in all, if there is something in it for them. So whatever the explanation Mordecai would not bow to Haman, we can see he was an individual of solid standards, unafraid of the aftereffect of standing firm. This is a character quality to be esteemed. Was Mordecai right? The remainder of the story, which shows God's hand ceaselessly with Mordecai against Haman would appear to demonstrate that he was correct and God utilized this likewise to achieve His arrangements. Another commentary said that Mordecai was of the tribe of Benjamin, and thus would not bow to Haman, who was an Amalekite and as such a direct descendant of the hereditary enemies of Israel. The Encyclopedia of The Bible says that Mordecai would not bow in those days to the king’s favorite prince, named Haman. Like Daniel and the three Hebrew children of the Book of Daniel, he would not bow, being a Jew (Esther 3:4).
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