mordecai esther

Esther 7

Scripture

1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. 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? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed. 3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor 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: 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 peace, although the adversary could not have compensated for the king’s damage. 5 Then spake the king Ahasuerus and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so? 6 And Esther said, An adversary and an enemy, even this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen. 7 And the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and 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 couch whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he even force the queen before me in the house? As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. 9 Then said Harbonah, one of the chamberlains that were before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman hath made for Mordecai, who spake good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. And 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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scripture
6 And Esther said, An adversary and an enemy, even this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
observation
Esther called Haman out to his face in front of the king. She did it knowing Haman was one of the king's most important people in his life. She did it knowing the history of the previous queen. Also this wasn't an impromptu decision out of passion, but rather she had been strategizing the best way to accomplish this. She must have had a tremendous amount of courage.
application
Serving God doesn't mean fear will be avoided. Serving God rather requires courage. Seeing Esther's victory here shows what happens when we don't let ourselves be ruled by fear
prayer
I pray I'd follow Esther's example, standing up with courage.
scripture
Chap 7 Verse 5 “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 peace, although the adversary could not have compensated for the king’s damage.”
observation
Esther having been raised by Mordecai has godly wisdom to focus on her own needs and the needs of her people instead of easily pointing a finger at Haman - the guest at her table. She continues to respects the King when she acknowledges that she wouldn’t be coming to him with a non-issue if she were allowed to purchase her freedom and the freedom of her people but this most difficult reality isn’t even an option. Meanwhile, her inner strength, the sword of truth, held firm but not used to kill… expresses genuine vulnerability in a dire situation (to face an aggressive death without the ability to defend one’s life) as she appeals to who she knows is a great and just King (her husband). Esther’s focus is on trusting Gods authority over the King (her husband). Esther understands there are miraculous and invisible spiritual systems at work. Authority is a spiritual gift given by God to Kings and husbands. Kings and husbands answer first to God. Esther trusts God is on the throne in Heaven - he judges the guilty (and passes it down to kings through his authority) Esther is free of the burden to judge, accuse and defend. She is entirely focused on the needs of her People who are oppressed and in certain and immediate danger. This King who has offered Esther several times half The Kingdom is now asking for information. When the King now asks what Esther needs (instead of offering what he thinks she wants) she understands the King is listening. Ester prepared during a fast for God to create a way for her people. God softens hearts and places his favor upon others to open doors no one else can open. She then placed her need into her husbands capable hands. She didn’t need to do anything, more.
application
When I feel my flesh inclined to defend, point or judge another, I will fix my eyes on Jesus! Christ alone is my shield and my defender. I come under the Spirtual authority given by God - The Sovereignty One to his son, Jesus Christ and the devine purpose of sowing and reaping unfolding in lives of others - to draw them near to grace and mercy. God has plenty of proof, I am the sinner deserving death and unworthy of grace. But God!
prayer
Heavenly Father, Thank you for adopting me into your family. For placing me under the authority of kings, leaders and teachers, a scaffolding by your design through which your purposes are revealed. Abba Daddy, I will not fear! I am grateful you see me and I matter to you! I will remember your goodness and how you work what others mean as harm for my good. Thank you for the Book of Esther. I once feared authority because I wasn’t taught to see your Love, protection and provision of generations within it. Thank you for spiritual parents you brought into my life. Thank you for Godly men and women who poured and still pour into me as Mordecai poured into his niece, Esther. Now, I love the renewing of my mind. I now submit lovingly to this uncomfortable process assured your promises are true! Thank you for revealing your authority into my life daily. Thank you for Your grace and mercy as I seek your line of authority in every circumstance. Thank you, that as a princess, as an heir of Heaven, I still come running and you comfort me with Truth. Amen in Jesus’s Name