Summary: Esther now reveals Haman’s plot and causes the sentence of death for Haman. His day goes from bad to worse.
Pride goes before the fall
Esther Chapter 7
Discretion and wisdom accompany Esther as she approached the king. Haman however is still prideful. In Gilbert and Sullivan’s play “The Mikado”, the Japanese Emperor contemplates what it means to find the punishment that fist the crime. In this chapter our three characters are engaged in all three positions. Esther uses wisdom, Haman still full of pride, and the King searches for a just punishment. Haman unwittingly provides that answer.
In today’s society a lot of personal feelings, political motives are intertwined with corrupt governments and true justice is often skirted. Perfect justice can often get us in trouble when we apply it to ourselves as we do other people. We often fool ourselves into thinking how right we are in certain situations, when really we are promoting our own agendas, not God’s. A lot of injustice has been done God’s name. God’s perfect justice would mean an end to us all if it were not for His own intervention for those He loves.
His divine intervention has stopped the slaughter of His people. The Second Banquet could quite fittingly be called Haman’s Last Supper.
What is your Request? A third time the King asks Esther.
She shows humility as well as wisdom with her answer. If we were sold as slaves I would have kept quiet. Her humility is evident, she does not assume on the king or her position. Humility is a great quality in the eyes of God. Who are we that you are mindful of us?
Although the King was willing to be very generous in granting Esther anything she wanted, her request takes him by surprise. Her request causes a dilemma for the King on two scales. The first is that the Queen is Jewish not a Persian bred Queen, second is that the law of the Medes and Persians is irreversible. If he carries out the law, his Queen is to be killed as well. Did he love her? Some suggested that he must have, because she found such favor in his eyes. That too would cause him trouble.
This chapter is the beginning and the end of Haman’s reversal of his expected fortune. What started out to be a bad day just got worse. He has a complete reversal of fortune, he went from favored to enemy. His day started by having to escort Mordecai, his arch-enemy, through the streets announcing Mordecai as “The Favored of the King.” It was so bad that Haman went into a deep depression, covering his head.
Before he could recover from that he is whisked away to the second banquet. It is this banquet that turns out to be his last. His evil plot is revealed and now the King is angry. He leaves to the Garden to decide the fate of Haman.
Harem protocol dictated that no one but the king could be left alone with a woman of the harem, let alone, the Queen. Haman should have left Esther’s presence but where was he to go? He could not go to the King in the Garden, if he ran he would be perceived as guilty and inviting pursuit. Haman was in deep trouble. Even so, no one could approach a woman of the King’s harem or be within seven steps of such a woman.