The Sin Of Arrogance

by Josh Hollingsworth
(Bryant, Arkansas)

Esther 3:5-10

INTRODUCTION: What is arrogance? The definition of arrogant is one, who is full of or characterized by excessive pride or self-esteem, overbearing: haughty. Are we arrogant in our own lives? Are we better than everyone else or do we have a servant mentality? Do we know it all and can do it better than anyone else or do we have room to grow and learn from God and others?

The issue of arrogance is addressed in the Bible through the life of Haman. Even though Haman achieved great power and position in life his arrogance destroyed him. We learn from his life that an uncontrollable desire for power and prestige is self-destructive and that pride, self importance and hatred will be punished. Even though Haman tried to kill all the Jews, God had another plan.

THEME: HOW DOES ARROGANCE AFFECT US?

I. DOES ARROGANCE CAUSE US TO HATE OTHERS? Esther 3:5-6


  1. Arrogance Caused Haman To Hate Mordecai. vs. 5
    1. Hate is to detest, dislike, to regard with extreme aversion.
    2. We should not let hate consume us.
    NOTE: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you Matthew 5:44


  2. Arrogance Caused Haman To Hate The Jews vs. 6
    1. Hate can lead to prejudice .
    2. Hate has no place in a Christian’s heart.


T.S. HOW DOES ARROGANCE AFFECT US?

I. DOES ARROGANCE CAUSE US TO HATE OTHERS? Ester 3:5-6

II. DOES ARROGANCE CAUSE US TO GET REVENGE? Ester 3:13

  1. Haman Wanted Revenge On Mordecai. vs. 13
    1. Haman’s revenge of Mordecai consumed him.
    NOTE: Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai. Ester 5:9
    2. Haman’s revenge caused him to plan Mordicai’s death.
    NOTE: Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made. Ester 5:14



  2. Haman Wanted Revenge On The Jews vs. 13
    1. The Jews didn’t respect Haman as he thought they should.
    2. The Jews looked to God and not man for their final authority.


T.S. HOW DOES ARROGANCE AFFECT US?

I. DOES ARROGANCE CAUSE US TO HATE OTHERS? Ester 3:5-6
II. DOES ARROGANCE CAUSE US TO GET REVENGE? Ester 3:13

III. ARROGANCE IN OUR LIVES WILL CAUSE US PUNISHMENT. Ester 7:6-10

  1. Haman Was Punished By Esther. vs. 6
    1. Esther revealed Haman’s evil plotting of Mordecai to the King.
    2. Esther revealed his hatred and true intentions of the Jews.


  2. Haman Was Punished By Harbonah. vs. 9
    1. Harbonah told the King of the gallows Haman made for Mordecai.
    2. Harbonah reminded the King of the good Mordecai had done.


  3. Haman Was Punished By The King. vs. 6-10
    1. Haman’s face was covered.
    NOTE: This was because a Persian King refused to look upon the face of a condemned man.

    2. The King commanded Haman to be hung from his own gallows.


CONCLUSION: How does arrogance affect us? Does arrogance cause us to hate others? Does arrogance cause us to get revenge? Arrogance in our lives will cause us punishment.

Does arrogance cause us to hate others? Do you hate others? Jesus told us to love everyone as ourselves. Will you ask God for the strength to turn your hate into love?

Does arrogance cause us to get revenge? Does revenge consume you? God said that vengeance is His. Will you turn the other cheek and let God handle vengeance?

Arrogance in our lives will cause us punishment. Will you ask God to take away your arrogance today so that you will not have to be punished any more?

The Sin Of Arrogance

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