June 21 – Esther 7
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In June, we’re reading the books of Esther and Ruth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Esther 7 – Haman Impaled
So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, 2 and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”
3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. 4 For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.”
5 King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”
6 Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”
Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. 7 The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
8 Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.
The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”
As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. 9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.”
The king said, “Impale him on it!” 10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.
Dying in Place of Another | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes — The reversals and irony continue as one of the eunuchs informed the king about the gallows Haman made for Mordecai, which must have intensified the king’s anger since Harbonah also included the connection of Mordecai as the one who spoke good on the king’s behalf. A timely reminder that Haman knowingly planned the execution of the man who saved the king’s life sealed the fate of the Agagite, another example of poetic justice.
When l read “So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai”, I thought of how I am a sinner and Jesus went to the cross (gallows) and took the place I deserved, and how very thankful I am for him taking my place and for his forgiveness of my sins every day.
Thank You, dear Lord, for Your forgiveness and mercies every single day. Thank You that my youngest asked me the other day, “Does God love Jesus more than us?” And I could answer her that God loves us so very much that He gave us His son, so that we could live forever with Him.
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