We read about Mordecai, the uncle of the new Queen of Babylon, Esther. Today we see he heard about a plot against the king, and his warning saved the king. We also learn about a conflict between Mordecai and Haman, one of the king's highest officials. Haman gets angry with Mordecai because Mordecai won't bow down to him. Instead of attacking Mordecai, Haman decides to attack all the Jews in the empire. He talks the king into his plan by talking up the idea that the Jews are different, and thus dangerous. We'll see where this plot goes as we continue the story.
7In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur—which means “the lot” —before Haman for the day and for the month, and the lot fell on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. 8Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and separated among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of every other people, and they do not keep the king’s laws, so that it is not appropriate for the king to tolerate them. 9If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued for their destruction, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who have charge of the king’s business, so that they may put it into the king’s treasuries.” 10So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11The king said to Haman, “The money is given to you, and the people as well, to do with them as it seems good to you.”