"And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy" - Esther 3:10We've come to the point in the story in which Haman reveals his wicked plan to the king. Of course, he presents his plan in a manner that presents himself as the king's greatest ally. His only intent to protect the king and his power! He tells the king of a people so great among his own that they are a threat to his kingdom and that Haman will graciously dispatch them for him, and the king agrees.
What I find most interesting in this story is that King Ahasuerus so casually agrees to this dastardly plan. He didn't research this people or even ask to what people Haman could be referring! He simply agreed, and he gave him his ring, so that he might seal the decree with the kings seal.
To give his ring to Haman was a sign of great trust by King Ahasuerus. It was as if we might allow someone to sign an important contract for us. This might have been an amiable trait in the king, had he been putting his trust in a better man.
Ahasuerus made a fatal error. He put his faith in one unworthy of it, something to which we can all relate, but his error would mean certain death to an entire race of people living within his kingdom.
"He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." - Proverbs 13:20Ahasuerus is a good reminder to us that we should be choosing wise, godly friends who will provide us with proper counsel. Be careful to whom we entrust our rings...