Haman Hanged on His Own Gallows

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Vengeance

This chapter gives a pointed example of reaping what you sow (Gal. 6:7). This final banquet for Haman was prepared by Esther in her apartment and attended by her husband (the king), Haman and herself (v. 1). While they lingered at the table after a nice meal, the king once again pressed Esther to share her request (v. 2). Esther knew that the proper moment had come and to delay now could prove to be disaster. As she began she was very careful in her choice of words. She didn’t demand; she didn’t accuse; she only appealed (v. 3). The wise person knows what to say and how and when to say it (Prov. 15:28; 16:23).

Finally, when she felt she had the king=s ear, Esther blurted out, “For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain and to perish.” (v. 4). The king recoiled in shock and asked who it was that had devised such a plan (v. 5). When Esther pointed to Haman and said, “this is the wicked man!” (v. 6), the king became very angry and goes for a walk in the garden. What a blow it must have been to the kings pride when he learned that the man he promoted was a self-seeking traitor. A person who digs a pit for others runs the risk of falling into it himself (Prov. 26:27). What happened to Haman shows the tragic results of what can take place when we set any kind of trap for others.

Haman realizes that the intent of the king is now fully against him and his only hope is to persuade the queen to spare his life (v. 7). With this he falls down at her couch pleading for her to save his life. When the king returns and finds him in this position he assumes that Haman has immoral intentions with the queen and immediately orders Haman=s execution (vv. 8-9). One of the servants suggested that they hang Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai and that was what happened (v. 10).

Application

Haman might have lived and kept his position if he had only ignored Mordecai’s slight. I must never  try to take revenge on those who may not treat me the way I think they should (Rom. 12:19).

 

Esther 7:1-10 (English Standard Version)

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. 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.

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