King Ahasareus and Haman arrive to the banquet that Esther had prepared. As they were drinking, the king hastily asked Esther what was her request. He, again, tells her that she can have anything she wants up to half of the kingdom.
Esther responded by petitioning for her life and the lives of her people. In her response she established that she was not invoking the king’s help out of comfort or based on a desire to be free or prosperous. Her request came from desperation and a genuine pursuit of life itself.
King Ahasareus asked who would do such a thing to which Esther responded that the assailant was the wicked Haman.
Haman was terrified of his fate.
King Ahasareus got up in a rage and went out to the palace garden. Haman, fearing for his life, stayed behind to plead for Esther’s mercy.
As he was leaning over before Esther, he fell to the couch where she sat. The king walked into the banquet hall at just that time. He saw Haman’s posture before Queen Esther and he interpreted it as an act of violation toward his queen.
Haman was immediately escorted away and his execution was carried out on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.
Esther’s Courage Manifested
We have talked about Esther’s doubts as well as her courage. We have talked about her dependence on God, exemplified by her devout fast in preparation to address the king. We have also talked about the discretion with which she planned her request.
And now, Esther must speak up.
And she does not hesitate.
All of the preparation Esther went through from the moment she learned of the plan to annihilate the Jews culminated in this moment. She tells the king at once of the plan to harm her and her people.
Esther addressing the hateful plan as a harm to her personally makes the matter personal to King Ahasaereus as well, who is shocked that someone would wish to harm his queen whom he loves. I can envision his surprise. As far as we know, Esther is a beloved queen who has won the favor of everyone she comes in contact with. Knowing that the king loves and values Esther, we know that his question of ‘who would seek to harm the queen?’ is fueled with a passion for action, a genuine desire to protect her. He is determined to handle the situation swiftly and to restore her sense of safety.
Esther, assured of her faith in God then her husband, points out Haman as the wicked man with a mischievous plan. Though Esther had every reason to feel safe and protected, accusing Haman must have been a difficult thing to do nonetheless. Haman was a trusted advisor to the king. He had received favors that superseded anyone else.
It cannot imagine that this was easy to do.
- Have you shied from exposing a person’s evil schemes?
- Have you feared the outcome of speaking up against a wicked person because of they are or what position they hold?
Confronting a person can prove to be quite difficult, especially when we do not know what the outcome would be. Sometimes it is an employer who asks that we omit some data in our calculations, or a friend who wants us to help them conceal an affair, or a relative who criticizes our walk with the Lord.
Haman behaviors come in all forms, and as children of light, we are called to despise sin and to expose the works of darkness that is done in secret.
The Ways of the Wicked Lead to Ruin
There is no denying that Haman had a wicked heart. He had allowed his rage and anger to run rampant and it caused his destruction. The Bible teaches us that no wickedness is hidden before the Lord. He sees everything that we do, even those things done in secret (Proverbs 5:21).
Haman rose to power, but his evil heart could not be satisfied. His ultimate issue was with God. In the same way, any sin is ultimately an affront to God. Those who delight in their sin and who seek to hurt the children of God are ultimately shaking their fists at God in defiance.
Proverbs 5:22-23 states,
The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.
Several passages speak to the outcome of the wicked. God does not delight in the work of evil and in time, the wicked reap the destruction that they sow.
Psalm 37 particularly speaks to the fate of the wicked, as well as the protection that the righteous enjoy. I encourage you to read the entire psalm. The following verses directly address the folly of Haman’s heart:
The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
Haman built the gallows on which his life was taken. His plot against the life of God’s children led to his own demise.
Before we look at Haman’s folly in disgrace, let us thank God for the beauty of salvation. The cross holds such a loving message friends. In the cross, we have remission of our sins and the ability to know better. Christ bore our transgressions and He took our anger, wrath and wickedness.
We too were like Haman, enslaved to our sins. We delighted in our wrongs and our thirst for evil could not be quenched. We were building gallows of wrath and deceit to hang ourselves, and in time our sins would have been the snare by which we would have been destroyed…
But God, who loves us beyond measure, halted our course. He showed us mercy and He extended forgiveness to us.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8).
Christ wiped the slate clean and because of His precious blood, we are now children of God, bought at a high price and able to do that which pleases God.
Walk as Children of Light
Christ’s sacrifice at the cross reconciles us to God our Father. And as children of light, we are now called to live differently.
- Walk as children of light trusting in the Lord.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. (Psalm 37:3-6).
- Resist the devil. Satan does not cease to chase after us when we accept Christ into our lives.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8).
- Be transformed in the way we think.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8).
Evil Has an Expiration Date
Do you know the end of the story? Haman was hanged.
And on the third day, Christ rose from the dead.
Victory against all forms of wickedness is guaranteed. Christ sealed the victory on the cross of Calvary.
I admit that in the midst of life’s difficulties, when the enemy of the saved rears his ugly head to tempt us and lead us astray, or to cause us to fall into despair, it can seem like we do not know the outcome. Calamities, illness and death can all seem so final, but they are only a brief moment in eternity. The final outcome is one of light, victory and praise.
Be confident in the mighty Hand of God and His deliverance.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9)
Be a bold ambassador of truth spoken in love.