Archive for February 27th, 2014

Esther 7

Esther 7 has Queen Esther executing her plan that resulted from God putting her where she was “for such a time as this”.  Remember the dilemma?  Esther took a chance and went before the king who granted her a wish and request.  And now she is going to ask for it after the second of two feasts she prepared for the king and his right hand man Haman, who was the enemy seeking to kill Esther’s people.  As the king asks her again in this chapter, this time Esther gives the wish and request.

If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request. For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have been silent, for our affliction is not to be compared with the loss to the king”.  Can you imagine Haman’s jaw dropping wide open as he hears this request?

But it gets worse for Haman because the king immediately asks who is behind this, and Esther calls him out.  “Haman was terrified before the king and the queen”.  It isn’t looking good for evil any more.  The king explodes and goes outside into the palace garden to cool off a bit.  While he does that, Haman was caught “falling on the couch where Esther was” making his plea to be spared.  He begged for his life realizing that the king was going to do something about his little plot and plan.  So he presses the queen and the king walks in – not happy with his approach.

That little mistake caused the king to blasts Haman, and one of the others in the palace who served the king let the king know that the gallows which Haman had made to get rid of Mordecai before he was honored by the king, were standing at Haman’s house some 50 cubits high.  What Haman had built for destruction to use against Mordecai, now is being turned upon him.  “And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai”.  Haman’s plot of evil was turned upon him and he gets the punishment he had intended for Mordecai and Esther and her people.

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