Text:“And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.” - Esther 4:3.
In the days of King Ahasuerus of Persia, his Prime Minister, Haman, hated the Jews in his kingdom because of Mordecai, a Jew, one of the King's servants, refused to bow to him. Even though Haman that Mordecai did not bow to him because of he was a Jew, yet he planned to destroy them. The Bible says: “And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.” (Esther 3:5, 6) It could be seen that Haman was highly intolerant of people of other people's customs and his bitterness, fueled by his ego was such that he was prepared to destroy a whole nation. God came to the rescue of Mordecai and his fellow Jews.
The King promoted Mordecai, but he caused Haman to be hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. It could be seen how far intolerance could lead people and how God rescues His people from the hands of the wicked who are intolerant of customs they see as strange. The Bible says: “All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?” - Psalm 35:10.