7 So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, “What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” Then Queen Esther answered, “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.” Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?” And Esther said, “A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.
Haman Is Hanged
And the king arose in his wrath from the wine-drinking and went into the palace garden, but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm was determined against him by the king. And the king returned from the palace garden to the place where they were drinking wine, as Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was. And the king said, “Will he even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?” As the word left the mouth of the king, they covered Haman’s face. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.
Esther 7 Commentary
by Hank Workman
“Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.”Psalms 7:1-2, 10, 14-16
It’s one of the most dramatic chapters. The king sits before his queen Esther asking what her request is. Consider even how he states how if it was up to half his kingdom he would give to her. King Xerxes is taken by his wife at this moment. God had stirred the king’s heart in such adoration for not only her beauty but she had now had him for 2 banquets and served him with such graciousness. On the other end of the table is Haman, sullen, completely out of sorts. His world had begun to spin out of control that morning when he had to lead his enemy through the streets proclaiming the God honored Mordecai. There’s no doubt his mind was running every which way and possibly wasn’t even tuned into what all was being said at the table initially. That is, until Esther’s finger pointed directly at him stating he was a man about to slaughter her entire people.
Haman had deceitfully set a trap of which he was about to tumble down into. His disillusionment of his own status, his own pride had led him to an irreversible death sentence. Not only were Haman’s deeds exposed, the king felt duped in signing a decree with half-truths and the very gallows he had built to bring an ultimate removal of Mordecai would now be used on him.
But let’s not overlook Esther in this chapter. Her words were direct. Her handling of the matter was of divine wisdom. Esther had fasted and prayed for this very moment. God moved in the situation through Esther with such wisdom and truly such peace. She risked much with what she had done yet God stirred favor with the king and led her. God preserved his people.
There are really two thoughts to consider from this climactic chapter. The first deals with situations we may find ourselves in where someone or something is against us. The direness of a potential outcome may be looming overhead. Like Esther’s example, where is our trust in the matter? What are our prayers like? Are we leaning on our God to strengthen and embolden us at the timing of His? For how this story went down, the timing was God’s as He had everything in place for the moment of reveal.
The second thought to consider is the character of Haman. Our initial response would be he got what he deserved. And of course, he did. But it really leads to deeper questions. How much of Haman is in me? Do I attempt to control others? Am I so self-consumed with situations where I feel underappreciated? Am I arrogant and strike out when my pride has been wounded? These are attitudes that are sinful. They are destructive. Our own downfall will come if we do not confess before the very just God of what we struggle with and seek forgiveness.
Esther 7 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
The time has come for Esther to speak up. It was not God’s timing earlier because many events had to unfold. Haman was lured into a trap by his own arrogance. He unknowingly constructed the gallows for himself.
Haman was led by the enemy. I see so many parallels between his actions and the scheme that Satan constructed to try and overcome Jesus.
Like Satan, Haman was full of pride and would not be satisfied until he was worshiped. He developed a plan to destroy Mordecai which ended up sealing his own fate. Satan’s plan to destroy the Savior of humanity backfired in a similar way as God used Jesus’ death to break the bondage of sin and death.
But let’s go back to Esther.
I love that she not only prayed and fasted but also sprung into action. She used wisdom and tact when addressing the king. Her integrity spoke volumes as the king knew her reputation was good. Though she went through the fire, she was not burned. Though she went through the waters, she did not drown. God turned everything the enemy planned for destruction into redemption for His people.
But, the point to consider is that Esther was obedient. She did not sit back and wait but stepped forward into the impossible believing that He was working. This is such a bold example of how God desires us to live in the middle of pain and suffering!