Haman’s Position in The Kingdom is Given to Mordecai

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Responsibility

In the culture of Esther’s day any person who received the death penalty automatically had to turn over his estate to the king (v 1). This included all of Haman’s property, possessions, as well as all the people in his house. The king gave all of this to Esther and she then turned it all over to Mordecai for his care and keeping. We know from Esther chapter 9 that Haman had ten sons, all of which were slain not long after this. This emphasizes the fact that it was no small thing when the king turned over the property of Haman to Queen Esther. At the same time, Mordecai is promoted to the highest office in the kingdom, second in command, which is the same position that Haman held (v. 2). He became even more powerful than Daniel, who was made the third ruler in Babylon.

Since the edict to exterminate the Jews (3:13) was still in effect, something had to be done quickly. So Esther appeared before the king a second time begging him to put an end to this evil plan (v. 3). King Xerxes held out the golden scepter to Esther (v. 4). She was willing to be known as a Jewess for she spoke of my people and my family and her request was simple (vv. 5-6). She simply wanted a decree to stop the extermination of the Jewish race which Haman wanted to be carried out. The King wanted to please his new wife and immediately sent out another written decree which was to override the first decree (vv. 7-8). Though Haman’s decree could not be revoked, a second one could supersede it (v. 9). Esther and Mordecai now had the power and authority that previously belonged to Haman and therefore they could use that power to their advantage.

Application

I want to be bold like Esther and willing to stand for what is right before Kings if necessary. We are living in a wicked world which may soon try to get us to renounce our faith in Jesus Christ and support things like homosexuality which are in direct opposition to what the Bible teaches. 

Esther 8:1-9 (English Standard Version)

On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her. And the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. Then Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews. When the king held out the golden scepter to Esther, Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, "If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?" Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, "Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows, because he intended to lay hands on the Jews. But you may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king's ring, for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king's ring cannot be revoked." The king's scribes were summoned at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day. And an edict was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded concerning the Jews, to the satraps and the governors and the officials of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to each province in its own script and to each people in its own language, and also to the Jews in their script and their language.

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