HOW COURAGE TRIUMPHS
Esther 5:1-7:10 Â Â Â Â Â Â February 18 2007
With Mordecai’s encouragement, Esther risked
her life by gong to the king uninvited. when the
king saw her , he welcomed her. Rather than
immediately describing the plight of her people ,
Esther asked the and Haman to come to a banquet .
The king and Haman attended Esther’s banquet.
Here Esther pleaded for her life and the lives of
her people . When the king asked who had plotted
their destruction , Esther identified Haman as
The angry king walked out of the banquet,
and Haman fell before Esther, begging her for his
life. When the king returned to the banquet, he
thought Jaman was attacking Esther. One of the
eunuchs implied that Haman should be hanged on
the gallows Haman had prepared for Mordecai.
1. Step Out Faith (Esth.5:1-3)
Esth. 5:1Â Â On the third day Esther put on her royal
robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in
front of the kingâ€™s hall. The king was sitting on his
royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. 5:2
When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he
was pleased with her and held out to her the gold
scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached
and touched the tip of the scepter.Â 5:3Â Â Then the
king asked, â€œWhat is it, Queen Esther? What is your
request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be
King’s heart is in the hand of Lord. God controls
the lives and actions even of kings, such as
Nebuchadnezzar (Da 4:31-32,35) and Cyrus (Isa
45:1-3; cf. Ezr 6:22). Directs it. . . where ever he
pleases. One can only speculate regarding Estherâ€™s
reasons for delaying her answer to the kingâ€™s
question until he had asked it a third time (Esth.
5:3,6; 7:2). The author uses these delays as plot
retardation devices that sustain the tension and
permit the introduction of new material on
Hamanâ€™s self-aggrandizement (Esth.5:11-12) and
Mordecaiâ€™s reward (Esth. 6:6-11).
2. State The Facts (Esth. 7:1-6)
Esth. 7:1Â Â So the king and Haman went to dine with
Queen Esther, 7:2Â Â and as they were drinking wine on
that second day, the king again asked, â€œQueen Esther,
what is your petition? It will be given you. What is
your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be
granted.â€ 7:3Â Â Then Queen Esther answered, â€œIf I have
found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your
majesty, grant me my life â€”this is my petition. And
spare my people â€”this is my request. 7:4Â Â For I and
my people have been sold for destruction and
slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been
sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept
quiet, because no such distress would justify
disturbing the king. â€ 7:5Â Â King Xerxes asked Queen
Esther, â€œWho is he? Where is the man who has dared
to do such a thing?â€ 7:6Â Â Esther said, â€œThe adversary
and enemy is this vile Haman.â€ Then Haman was
terrified before the king and queen.
Esther refers to the bribe Haman offered to the king
(Esth.3:9; 4:7); she also paraphrases Hamanâ€™s edict
(Esth. 3:13). Because no such distress. . . king. The
statement probably means either (1) that the
affliction of the Jews would be less injurious to the
king if slavery was all that was involved, or (2) that
Esther would not trouble the king if slavery was the
Falling on the couch where esther was reclining. Meals
were customarily taken reclining on a couch (Am 6:4-7;
Jn 13:23). It is ironic that Haman, who became angry
when the Jew Mordecai would not bow down (which set
the whole story in motion), now falls before the Jewess
Esther (Esth.6:13). The kingâ€™s leaving the room sets the
stage for the final twist that would seal Hamanâ€™s fate.
3. See Justice Served (Esth. 7:9-10)
Esth. 7:9Â Â Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the
king, said, â€œA gallows seventy-five feet high stands by
Hamanâ€™s house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke
up to help the king.â€ The king said, â€œHang him on it!â€ 7:10
So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for
Mordecai. Then the kingâ€™s fury subsided.
Before this moment there is no evidence that Esther
had known of Mordecaiâ€™s triumph earlier in the day
(ch. 6); she has pleaded for the life of her people.
Harbonaâ€™s reference to the gallows in effect
introduces a second charge against Haman â€”his
attempt to kill the kingâ€™s benefactor. HARBONA.
Themes and Literary Features. He had been sent
earlier to bring Vashti and thus set in motion the
events that would lead to her fall and the choice
of Esther (Esth.1:10); now he is instrumental in the
fall of Haman and the rise of Mordecai.
The Book of Esther does not mention any miracles
performed by God, but Esther and Mordecai were
motivated by their faith in God to intervene to save
their people from elimination.
The most import thing is that we act as wisely ,
promptly, and thoroughly as possible on behalf of
those for whom Christ died and who cannot speak