Pastoral Commentary for Esther 5-6
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
God's grace and favor were upon Esther, so that when she appeared in the King's court, he was pleased with her and extended his royal scepter to her. Esther asked the king and Haman to come to a banquet that she prepared for them. King Xerxes offered to grant her request for anything, up to half of his kingdom, but Esther deferred her request until the banquet. Haman was delighted to hear of the invitation to attend a private banquet with only the King and Queen. He went home and boasted of all his wealth, his family and his power and glory, but in spite of all this, he was enraged to see Mordecai sitting by the king's gate. His wife urged him to build a gallows seventy-five feet high and ask the king's permission to have Mordecai hanged on it. Haman was delighted with the suggestion and had the gallows built. That night, King Xerxes was unable to sleep and ask that the chronicles of the king be read to him. He was reminded of how Mordecai had saved his life and asked what had been done to honor him. When the King learned that nothing had been done for Mordecai, he asked which of his advisors was in the court with whom he might consult. Haman was summoned and the king asked, "What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?" In his pride, Haman assumed he would be the recipient of this honor. As soon as he had told the king what should be done for him, King Xerxes said, "do so to Mordecai the Jew." Haman was mortified! Thus, God humbled Haman by having him lead Mordecai on a royal horse, in royal robes through the city proclaiming to all, "Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor." When Haman went home and told his wife what had happened, she predicted her own husband's downfall. At that moment, the king's eunuchs arrived to usher Haman to Queen Vashti's banquet. The end of this evil man who plotted against God's chosen people was about to begin.