Esther Chapter 7

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Esther 7

1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

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.

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:

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.

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?

And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

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.

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 king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.

And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.

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  1. v3 Then Esther the queen answered and said,If I have found favour inthy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request :
    v4 For we are sold,I and my people, to be destroyed , to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondman and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervailing the king’s damage.

    Sometimes it may seem like we are at the end of the road, but it is really just the beginning . Just because GOD is silent it does not mean HE is not working. GOD is moving the obstruction of fear, doubt and unbelief . It’s unbelieve that stops the move of GOD.
    One must be sensitive and respond to HIS SPIRIT let GOD have HIS way . When GOD moves we have to move and know how to flow with the SPIRIT OF GOD.
    HE IS IN CONTROL! HE IS ABLE to take care of us. As HE did Esther and her nation …….. So trust HIM.

    For we walk by faith, not by sight 🙂
    2 Corinthians 5:7

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  2. Cover His Face

    Haman’s desperate and ultimely attempt to save his life only seals his his fate. When the king leaves the banquet in a rage after hearing Haman’s plot against Esther’s people, Haman stays behind to beg for mercy from Queen Esther. The king reappears at a providential moment, just as Haman is falling on Esther’s couch. Assuming Haman is trying to molest his wife the queen, the king now has double reason to execute him. I the Greek and Roman worlds, the face of a person condemned to die was covered to indicate his sentence. Apparently this practice was adopted by the Persians as well. Th kings attendants, who are intimately aware of all the court intrigue, know of all the events that preceded this moment. They now fell free to reveal to the king the fact that Haman has errected a gallow on which he intended to hang Mordecai, the very person just honored by the king (another divine appointment). If Xerxes has had any inclination to be lenient with Haman, this new piece of information seals Haman’s fate. They cover his face, and lead him out to be exceuted. Then the kings fury subsided. Its beautiful how the Lord divinely placed every ‘non-coincidence’ in the lives of Mordecai, Esther, Xerxes, and Haman, and when God’s people are sensitive and obedient to Him, He can use them to hang the enemy on a gallow he built for us.

    Prov 12:20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil,
    but joy for those who promote peace

    Prov 28:10 He who leads the upright along an evil path will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance

    Jer 5:26“Among my people are wicked men
    who lie in wait like men who snare birds
    and like those who set traps to catch men.
    27Like cages full of birds,
    their houses are full of deceit;
    they have become rich and powerful
    28and have grown fat and sleek.
    Their evil deeds have no limit;
    they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it,
    they do not defend the rights of the poor.
    29Should I not punish them for this?”
    declares the Lord.
    “Should I not avenge myself
    on such a nation as this?

  3. This goes well with a scripture from the proverbs of the day.

    Proverbs 26:27 – Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

    The only thing you will trap with malice and hatred is yourself. Haman was so absorbed in his hatred for Mordecai it led to his own destruction. Don’t get infatuated with settling a score, because you are only signing your own death warrant.

    Rom 12:19 – Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    Give it to the King, as Esther did, and he’ll take care of you!

  4. And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

    You never have to be afraid to do what is right. Esther showed great bravery throughout her story but it brings it even more into perspective when we see that others knew of the evil plot but were not willing to speak up. Esther stood against great odds but proved her God to be greater than her opposition.

  5. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    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. (Esther 7:2 KJV)

    Esther used the opportunity that was given. When the king drank his wine, she seized the opportunity.

  6. God will always give you Victory no matter what your enemy planned for you.

    Deut. 32:35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

    2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

    At the end we will all get our prize, the good will get good in Glory and the bad pure damnation. All we have to do like Esther is be patient, do not jump at the situation as you read she did not give her answer until the next day. God will do what needs to be done.

  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.

    In a twist of fate God proves his work that pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before the fall.

    Haman exemplified Lucifer by expecting praise and worship. Mordecai knew the law and would only bow down to God, and to the King.

    Now Haman grovels at the feet of Esther hoping to retain his life.

    I believe there is a blessing coming. An Esther blessing…

    Those who wish harm, mistreat, do hurt will find themselves on the other end of that spectrum.

    This is a story of reaping what you sow. Haman received the fruit of his actions.

  8. Haman’s hatred and evil plotting turned against him when the king discovered his true intentions. What happened to Haman shows the often violent results of setting any kind of trap for others.

  9. My Queen

    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?

    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.

    It amazes me what we see in this chapter of Esther. The king has a strong reaction to Haman’s actions, effectively saying “she’s not just ‘another Jew,’ she’s my queen… she’s not just any woman you could do what you want with, she’s my queen.” It reminds me of Christ’s relationship with his Bride, the church.

    Revelation 21:9-11 “9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

    10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

    11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;”

    Ezekiel 16:8-14 “8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine.

    9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.

    10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.

    11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.

    12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

    13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.

    14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God.”

    Exodus 34:14 “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:”

    Revelation 12:10-11 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

    11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

    What amazes me more than simply the king’s actions by themselves is again the context of who king Xerxes is. He seems a man of selfish motive, political ambition, ruthless ruling, cold, proud, perhaps hot-tempered if not unstable, independent to the point of being even outright rebellious… yet here he seems to respond out of character. He could have said, “yes these Jews are a problem, I don’t care if the queen is a Jew, that probably means she would just be a problem too…” He could have even had the approach “why should I care? we get the spoils after they’re killed, I can replace Esther like I replaced Vashti, it might even buy me some political clout since there seems to be ill favor towards these people…” But no, he says “that’s *my* queen, leave her alone.”

    Jesus is a jealous God, He says of His church “that’s *my* bride, leave her alone” even when it was *us* who chose to stray.

    Hosea 11:4 “I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.”

    God uses bands of love, not a yoke of cruel bondage upon His church; we may be bound by a love covenant but we are not under a cruel yoke of bondage to Him. He makes His claim “this is *my* bride” yet He doesn’t force us, rather He is a gentleman. It is amazing to imagine how the pagan king Xerxes reacted (albeit under the influence of God) and yet how much better our heavenly King of kings treats us His church.

    One day there will be role called in heaven, when Jesus proclaims “that’s *my* queen” for eternity… it is up to us to prepare now while we can to make sure when that time comes, He knows us and recognizes us as His. Just as Esther had to prepare before being chosen by the king, so do we have our season of preparation to say “this is *my* King” before we go before the King of kings for His response.

    Matthew 7:21-23 “21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

    22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

    23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

    Revelation 21:23-27 “23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

    24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

    25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

    26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

    27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

  10. This chapter illustrates foiled. Haman’s anger, insecurity, vengefulness over Mordecai led to his own demise. One must never become so full of self, angered, insecure or vengeful over someone or something that it consumes or destroys one’s own self. One should give it to the Lord and move on; “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  11. 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. -Isaiah 54:17

    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:

    Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. -Psalms 89:14

    Make your request known unto God who saves us from the judgements of men.

  12. Beware those things done in secret will be shouted from the rooftops. Haman was deceitful in his actions thinking he would promoted and the king would favor him, but instead his evil deeds were exposed and he lost his life.

    God will always win in the end. The enemy may make you think that he has the upper hand, but never be deceived, God will not be mocked.

  13. I always find it amazing how God will turn the enemies snare toward you against the enemy. When God is on your side He will fight for you.

  14. 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.

    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 king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.

    Walking out on your anger is biblical. The king became very angry and left to see if his anger would subside. When he returned his anger was prevoked further and he took care of the situation.

  15. What comes around goes around.

    Haman was hanged with the same gallows that he prepared for Mordici. You can’t plot against Gods people and walk away clean.
    But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23 KJV)
    Gods got my back!
    The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. (Psalm 145:20 KJV)

  16. 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 spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
    10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.

    I seem to remember another man who came against the God’s chosen people, and when he said that he would kill the first born, God killed all the first born, wh didnt have the lamb’s blood on their door posts….

  17. GOD TURNED IT AROUND

    10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.

    We learn from this incredible testimony to not fear when we follow GOD completely. Mordecai refused to worship an idol and chose to worship GOD only. This coice created jealousy among those around him; jealousy turns to anger, anger turns to rage, rage turns to murder.

    GOD turned the murder from Haman to Haman. Consider this scripture, when Joseph was approached by his jealous brothers who had betrayed him, but, GOD TURNED IT AROUND and now they need Joseph.

    Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

    The Lesson is this, regardless of what others worship; “WORSHIP GOD ONLY”. Regardless of what others threaten to do to you; “TRUST GOD WHOLLY”.

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  18. Be careful what you plan. Sometimes if we plan the demise or destruction of others God will allow us to experience the pitfall and save the intended person from harm. However the same rule applies if we pray or plan to bless our neighbor, friends, family or workmates. God will allow those blessings to flow to us as well.

  19. 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.

    Haman’s evil plan was used against him. When the enemy is after you God knows how to turn his own plan against him. There is no reason to fear as long as God is on our side.

  20. In this chapter, we see the patience of Esther. Even though she invites her own enemy to feast among the royals, she waits and trust that God will open the door that needs to be open to save her people. Lord this reminds me to pray that you open the doors that need to be opened, bless those that need to be blessed, touch the hearts that need to be touched in order for your church to be blessed with a new building!

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