Scripture reading – Esther 6; Esther 7

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In a twist of irony, rather than attend Mordecai’s hanging, Haman was commanded by King Ahasuerus to lead him on the king’s horse through the streets of Shushan and announce the king was delighted with Mordecai (Esther 6:1-11). Humiliated, Haman returned home and conveyed his sorry state of affairs to his wife and friends. His story was interrupted when the king’s servants “hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared” (Esther 6:14).

 

Esther 7

 

What thoughts raced through Haman’s heart as he began that day honoring Mordecai before the people of Shushan, Persia’s capital city? Indeed, he had better expectations when he sat down for a second banquet with the king and his queen (Esther 7:1). King Ahasuerus had not forgotten Esther’s promise to reveal her request and asked his queen: “What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom” (Esther 7:2).

Haman Exposed

Esther’s Request (Esther 7:3-5)

Esther commenced her request with a plea for mercy and grace. She said, “If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request” (Esther 7:3). She then declared the thing that troubled her and revealed, “For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king’s damage” (Esther 7:4).

Taken aback by Esther’s declaration (for she had not revealed she was of Jewish lineage), the king asked, “Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?” (Esther 7:5).

 

Haman Exposed (Esther 7:6-10)

Esther spared no words as she boldly declared that Haman, the king’s right hand, was her adversary and the enemy of her people (Esther 7:6). The queen’s words left Haman aghast, for he realized his self-promoting plots and evil schemes were his undoing (Esther 7:6b).

Angered by Esther’s accusation, the king rose abruptly from the banquet and “went into the palace garden” (Esther 7:7). Haman, desperate to save himself, “stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king” (Esther 7:7). When the king returned from the palace gardens, he found “Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was” (Esther 7:8a). Poor, wicked Haman could neither do or say anything to save himself.

Haman Hanged

We find many against Haman, for even the king’s servants were ready to see that wicked usurper suffer for his misdeeds. “Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon” (Esther 7:9). “So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified” (Esther 7:10).

 

Closing thoughts for Esther 7

God’s sovereignty in the affairs of humanity is the great lesson we take from our study of Esther 7. Haman’s scheme to annihilate the Jews was not only thwarted, but he fell victim to the gallows he constructed to hang Mordecai (Esther 7:7-10). Haman is like many self-promoters who plot, plan, and scheme their way to the summit of power, only to find they have paved the path of their ruin and demise.  

Principle – Wise men comprehend that none are beyond God’s reach, sovereign purpose, and will. After all, “the king’s heart is in the hand [power; rule; authority; under dominion] of the LORD, as the rivers [streams] of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will [pleasure; desire; favor]” (Proverbs 21:1).

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