Esther 7

Esther 7 has the king and Haman attending the queen’s feast a second day.  After eating and drinking, the king again asks “what is your wish….what is your request”?  Esther now makes the request she’s been waiting to make.  “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”.

Right to the point.  She asks for life – for herself and her people.  The king has no clue what is happening and asks Esther for clarification – who has made this decree.  Esther doesn’t hold back and calls Haman a foe and enemy – a wicked man.  Haman is terrified.  He’s just been called out for ordering the death of the Jewish people which includes the queen and Mordecai, a man the king just exalted last night.  The king rises in his anger and heads out to the garden.

“Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther”.  He knows the king is not favorable to his future.  So he makes a plea to the queen and falls on her on the couch just as the king comes back from the gardens.  The king is furious.  “Will he even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?”  Haman has gone from the chosen number two to being an enemy of the king.  He has made a fatal misjudgment in seeking to destroy the Jews because of his prideful desire to be worshipped.  Pride comes before the fall!

The king gets an option to deal with Haman from one of his eunuchs by the name of Harbona.  He reminds the king of the gallows that had been built for Mordecai by Haman.  Those were “standing at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.”  The king orders that Haman be hanged on the gallows he had built right there by his house.  So that is what happened and only then was the king’s wrath cooled down.  He was furious with Haman’s actions once they were disclosed and took quick and decisive action to clean up the evil and unjust plan.

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