Stand up and speak - Bible Studies for Life for May 20, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
May 20, 2018
Esther 7:1-10 (ESV)
How would you like to dig your own grave? Most people would not want to do that. I certainly would not. But what if you didn’t know that’s what you were doing?
In his blind pride, Haman had a huge gallows built to hang Mordecai on so that he could not just kill him but humiliate him. In Esther 7, the story comes full circle.
Queen Esther had prepared a marvelous feast for the king and Haman. Their bellies were filled with food and much wine. The king once again said to Esther, “Ask whatever you want, and I’ll give it to you, up to half of my kingdom.” I’m sure the king was shocked when the first words out of the queen’s mouth were that her life was in danger. After all, it was his kingdom, and no one was killed unless he gave permission.
When Esther finally gave her request to have Haman killed, I’m sure there was an awkward silence. Not only that, but at this point it was revealed that Haman had ordered the destruction of all of the Jews, and the king’s wife was a Jew. The score is not looking good for Haman. Esther was stepping out in faith here, believing she and her people would be delivered.
The king had made a decree, under compulsion of Haman, to kill all of the Jews, which included his favorite wife. As you can imagine, the king was angry, and Haman was terrified. We know he was terrified because he was literally on the ground, probably kissing Esther’s feet, asking for forgiveness, begging for his life. The king asked, “Why are you assaulting the queen in my presence?” This would not help.
The king decreed for Haman to be killed by the executioner. Esther did not have to tie the rope; she had to be faithful to God and allow Him to exact vengeance. The irony in this story is that Haman was killed on the gallows he had built for Mordecai.
Haman dug his own grave.