Est 7:1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
It is the second banquet of wine provided by Queen Esther, so that she might make a request of the king.
Est 7:2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.
Est 7:3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:
Esther had favor in the eyes of the king. The king must have thought that this was a strange request.
Est 7:4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.
Est 7:5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?
It was the king himself who authorized the decree, having trusted Haman. This is similar to what King David said to the prophet, Nathan when confronted with an injustice. We are often blind to our own transgressions.
2 Sam 12:4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
2 Sam 12:5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
2 Sam 12:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
2 Sam 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man...
We are able to see others faults, but often are blind to our own transgressions. Sometimes when we blame another, we share in the guilt. It is best to not point fingers.
Est 7:6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
The queen points to Haman as the adversary, the liar and schemer. Haman had no idea that Esther was a Jew.
Est 7:7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.
The king leaves the room, reminding us of God the king who is separated from sin. This king was not sinless, but angry that he had been deceived by Haman. Haman pleads to Esther, the one under condemnation for mercy. Haman had shown no mercy to an entire race of people. The king that he manipulated was now going to correct his mistake.
Est 7:8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
Haman appeared to be on Esthers bed in a compromising way, when in truth he was begging for his life. The king saw only evil. The chamberlains covered the head of Haman, who would be executed. If only Haman had covered his mouth and thoughts, and not have been angry at Mordecai. Always it is best to give grace and mercy instead of seeking our own vengeance. For all have sinned. Satan uses our blind anger to destroy others or the person so angry.
Est 7:9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
Est 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
The evil meant for another returned upon Haman. Haman must not have been liked very much, for even the kings eunuchs are looking for ways to put him to death, and there, standing in the distance, are the gallows 75 feet high, for which Mordecai was to be impaled upon. But now it is Haman who is going to be impaled upon this massive stake. Everything that happened to Haman was what he was planning for Mordecai.
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Esther fasted and prayed for three days and God gave her a plan. If we wait upon the Lord, seeking him in prayer he will give us direction. Success is always doing what God says to do.
Mordecai was known for his good words, in saving the king from a murder plot. Haman was known for his bad words, his anger and his vengence, which all came back to him. We must control our tongues and our anger and be as the Lord in our manner of life.
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