Esther 5

Esther 5 has the queen making her move after asking Mordecai and the Jewish folks to fast and pray for her.  “Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, in front of the king’s quarters….he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand”.  This is critical as only when the king held out his scepter were uninvited guests allowed to live.  She took a chance, and the king receives her with favor.  God’s hand was obviously preparing the way.  That is how He always works.  He doesn’t call us unless He prepares the way.

The king asks what she wishes and she says “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.”  Her request is to join her at a feast.  The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  She has the king and Haman there for a feast and the king asks “what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled”.  He is pleased with Esther and offers her whatever she asks for.  But Esther doesn’t jump on that offer, but asks them to come back the next day.

Haman leaves full of pride.  “Haman recounted to them the splendor of his riches, the number of his sons, all the promotions with which the king had honored him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and the servants of the king”.  He was boasting about his position being the only person to attend the feast with the king.  And he was extremely proud that he had earned a seat at the table the next day as well.  He is extremely prideful and full of himself.

There was one thorn in his side though – Mordecai.  He walks past him sitting at the king’s gate and it really bothers him.  He says “all this is worth nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate “.  Mordecai is his spoiler.  He can’t stand the fact that Mordecai refuses to bow down to him and worship him the way he desires.  Haman asks that the gallows be made for Modecai’s demise and his plan is to ask the king in the morning to hang him there.  He orders the gallows to be built.

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