Esther made the only right choice, which was to attempt to save her people and not just save her own self. Esther did approach the king—uninvited—a feat punishable by death if the king did not extend his scepter. The king’s response was beyond Esther’s wildest imagination – he did extend the scepter and seemingly tenderly offered her anything, up to half of his kingdom.
Esther deferred her response, inviting the King and Haman to a dinner where she would give her response. Such a dinner would show her respect for the guests and would certainly put them in an amenable mood to her request.
The tale goes on in Esther 6 that “During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king.
Esth. 6:2 And it was found written what Mordecai had reported concerning Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.
Esth. 6:3 And the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”
Incredibly the King plans to reward the very person his second-in-command is plotting to kill. Another bit of irony surfaces as Haman “had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace in order to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows which he had prepared for him.
Esth. 6:5 And the king’s servants said to him, “Behold, Haman is standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.”
The rest of chapter 6 reveals Haman’s ego as he assumes there is no one the king would want to honor more than himself and proceeds to tell the King what Haman hopes will be done to himself. Imagine Haman’s fallen pride, horror and rage when he hears the King ordering him to bestow the honor Haman chose on Mordecai!
The humiliation over, Haman slinks back home, head hanging and once again consults the same “wise men” and wife who had suggested he build the gallows. Their remark this time reveals their knowledge of God’s favor on the Jewish people, for as they are telling Haman in 6:13 “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish origin, you will not overcome him, but will surely fall before him.” With no time to decide, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hastily brought Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared. (6:14)
Miraculously God has now prepared the King’s heart to be sympathetic toward the so recently honored Mordecai, and to Queen Esther’s coming request.
8. Remember what God has done
It had to be a miracle of God to the fasting Jews when Xerxes honored Mordecai. If the restless monarch hadn’t read the chronicles would his heart have been opened when Esther came before his scepter? Would the king have believed Haman then over Esther or Mordecai?
Passover was approaching for the Jewish people. Passover’s symbolism still proclaims that God is Elohim, reminding us: He who saved our firstborn continues to keep His covenant and His people…
Esther’s trouble was not over, but she was taking one step at a time, and remembering what God had already done for her people. If He delivered them before (Passover), He could do so again.
May we also LOOK WHAT GOD HAS DONE – and remembering the Passovers of our lives, trust the God who is the same – yesterday, today and forever. (Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 13:8).