Last week we left all the ‘players’ waiting…
Haman, full of his own importance as second to the king, was waiting for his opportunity to rid himself of Mordecai, the hated Jew, who put his God before him.
Mordecai patiently waited for God to move.
Esther… had been blessed, surviving going to the king’s inner court without being summoned.
King Ahasuerus waited to hear what his wife’s request was. He was probably astute enough to know that she wouldn’t have risked death merely to invite him to a banquet of wine.
What was Esther waiting for? Why hadn’t she blurted it all out at the first banquet?
We have to assume she was waiting for God’s perfect timing. In the three days she, her maids, and the Jews of Susa had fasted, she must have drawn close to God. After all, she was putting her life in His hands. She was aware that what she was about to do could cost her own life and, if she failed, the life of all her kindred. So she waited for God’s perfect timing.
Because time is something God created for us, we sometimes forget that He is not governed by our twenty-four hour day!
Momentous events can balance on small things. So, as Esther prepared the second banquet, it was important she was close to God, not governed by emotions.
This second banquet is where God begins to move.
While the king and Haman were dining with Queen Esther, her husband again asked her what she wanted, and promised her request up to half his kingdom. (No small promise; remember the size of his kingdom… from India to Ethiopia!)
What did he expect her to ask? I think he knew her well enough to know she was not some ‘flighty’ young woman who would be satisfied with a chest full of jewels. To gain her position, and his continuing favour, she was no ordinary woman. However, her request must have shocked him to the core. She asked for her life!
Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favour in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.” Esther 7: 3
Having kept her nationality secret, what went through the king’s mind? Had Haman started to ‘cotton on’?
“For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slave I would have held my tongue…” Esther 7: 4
“… Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing? Esther 7: 5
Haman and his plot have been exposed… in God’s mysterious, and perfect timing.
“The adversary and the enemy is this wicked Haman…” Esther 7: 6
Haman was terrified; the king went into the garden to think.
Interesting how, when the tables are turned, bullies become cowards. Haman pleaded with Esther. He could see the king was ‘not happy’ with him, and could also see how much influence Queen Esther had with him. But that ‘backfired’ too. When the king came back from the garden, Haman had fallen across the queen’s couch… Was he begging for the mercy he had shown himself sadly lacking in?
It was enough for the king, who demanded, “Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?” Esther 7: 8
You guessed it… this was the end of Haman.
Esther’s story continues next week.
We reap what we sow… therefore – tread softly because you may be treading on someone’s dreams.
Till next time