Esther 5

Esther 5 has the queen putting on her royal robes and and entering the king’s quarters.  The king was “sitting on his royal throne” when she came in.  The magic worked “And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand”.  This was a calculated risk Esther took.  It was three days later from the time she had discussed the plan with Mordecai, but God had obviously prepared the way.

The penalty for approaching the king without being summoned was death, but “Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter” which the king extended to her.  That gave her permission to be in his presence.  The king asked “what is it, Queen Esther”?  He had no idea why she had come to him.  But He quickly told her that whatever the request, it would be honored, “even to half of my kingdom”.  She had found favor with the king and he was more than willing to give her whatever she asked for.

But Esther doesn’t blurt out her real request.  She instead requests “the king and Haman come to the feast that Esther had prepared”.  As they wrapped up the feast, the king asked again what he could do for Esther.  Her request was for the king and Haman to come again to a feast tomorrow which Esther would prepare.  Haman was feeling pretty proud.  Scripture says he was “joyful and glad of heart” but he had no idea what lie ahead as the queen prepare for tomorrow.

As Haman left through the king’s gate, there was Mordecai who once again refused to show any respect to the number two man in the kingdom.  And Haman was once again furious but contained his anger.  He went home and told his wife Zeresh and friends about the day he had experienced and was boasting about all that had occurred.  But there was one part of the day that he was irritated about – Mordecai – and he was planning to get rid of him.  He said “all this is worth nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate”.  He was focused on ridding the kingdom of Mordecai and all the Jews, and his wife encouraged him to do it the next day.  Haman loved the idea and had the gallows prepared.

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