Haman’s Plot Exposed as he Builds The Gallows

The SIX most important words: I admit I made a mistake.The FIVE most important words: You did a good job.The FOUR most important words: What do you think?The THREE most important words: After you, please.The TWO most important words: Thank you. The ONE most important word: WeThe L … More

Relationship

After fasting for three days (4:16) Esther takes off her mourning clothes, puts on her queenly garb (v. 1) and makes her appearance before the king. When the king saw Esther, he extended the golden scepter to her, which meant she was free to come before him and had found favor in his sight (v. 2).

For Esther to take this risk the king knew that she must have something very important on her mind, so he asks for her request. He also says that whatever her request is, it will be granted even up to half of the kingdom (v. 3). Her request is simply to put on a banquet for the king and Haman (v. 4). The king grants her request, and preparations are made for the banquet that evening (v. 5).

At this banquet, the king again asks Esther what her request is (v. 6). She decides not to tell him at this time, but requests to have another banquet with the king and Haman the next day (vv. 7-8). In the providence of God Haman builds a gallows within the next 24 hours for hanging Mordecai; also during this time Mordecai’s virtues are brought to the king’s attention. On the way home Mordecai once again snubs Haman which causes him to seek sympathy from his wife and friends (. 9). When Haman got home he started bragging about all he has done (v. 10) and how the King has honored him (vv. 10, 11). He tells his friends that he and the King are the only ones the Queen invited to the dinner but he is not happy seeing Mordecai serve the King (vv. 12-13). They suggest he prepare a gallows 75 feet tall for the hanging of Mordecai and at the banquet get the king’s permission to hang him. This suggestion pleased Haman and so he had the gallows constructed (v. 14).

Application

I can learn something from Esther as to how to make a difficult request. Her request wasn’t blurted out in condemnation, but she waited for the right time by first reestablishing their relationship.

Esther 5:1-14 (English Standard Version)

On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace. And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, "What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom." And Esther said, "If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king." Then the king said, "Bring Haman quickly, so that we may do as Esther has asked." So the king and Haman came to the feast that Esther had prepared. And as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king said to Esther, "What is your wish? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled." Then Esther answered, "My wish and my request is: If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my wish and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come to the feast that I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said." And Haman went out that day joyful and glad of heart. But when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he neither rose nor trembled before him, he was filled with wrath against Mordecai. Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and brought his friends and his wife Zeresh. And Haman recounted to them the splendor of his riches, the number of his sons, all the promotions with which the king had honored him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and the servants of the king. Then Haman said, "Even Queen Esther let no one but me come with the king to the feast she prepared. And tomorrow also I am invited by her together with the king. Yet all this is worth nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate." Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Let a gallows fifty cubits high be made, and in the morning tell the king to have Mordecai hanged upon it. Then go joyfully with the king to the feast." This idea pleased Haman, and he had the gallows made.

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