Coming Back To Haunt Me

But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life. Esther 7:6 If Haman had feared God and governed his life by God's principles, he never would have been in this humiliating position. He would have loved his neighbor as he loved himself. He would…

If You’re Going To Pass Judgement . . .

King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, "Who is he? Where is the man who has dared to do such a thing?" Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this vile man Haman." Esther 7:5-6 Esther revealed to the king that that there was a plot to take her life. The king was incredulous. "Who is this…

When The Unthinkable Happens

King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, "Who is he? Where is the man who has dared to do such a thing?" Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman." Esther 7:5-6 King Xerxes was probably expecting to hear Esther reveal the name of a stranger, or at the very worst, the name of an…

Adjusting My Expectations

Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have found favor with you, O king, grant me my life. And spare my people--this is my request. For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet. Esther…

Clueless

The king again asked, "Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you." Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have found favor with you, grant me my life--this is my petition. And spare my people--this is my request. Esther 7:2-3 I find this conversation between this king and queen preposterous. They are married…

When The Mighty Turn To Fools

But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife everything that had happened to him. She said to him, "Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him--you will surely come to ruin!" Esther 6:12-13 I am thinking about the confusion…

How To Triumph Over An Enemy

So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, "This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!" Esther 6:11 It is easy to imagine Haman's shame and allow this part of the story to capture my…

Quick To Presume. Wrong Assumption.

When Haman entered, the king asked him, "What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?" Now Haman thought to himself, "Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?" Esther 6:6 Haman is enjoying a false sense of security. His recent promotion to one of the top officials in…

While Others Sleep

That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King…

Who Are You Listening To?

His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Have a gallows built, seventy-five feet high, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai hanged on it. Then go with the king to the dinner and be happy." This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the gallows built. Esther 5:14 People who…