Written by: VWoods
“And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king. Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face…So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified” (Esther 7:7,8,10 KJV).
You know at times you are reading a gripping story and your spirit can empathize with a particular character; your spirit just meshes with theirs and you are able to say yes to everything they are going through, be it the silence they have to endure; the trial period until they come through what God has for them or the impenitent judgment they allow by their silence.
Esther has a beautiful spirit; she is an orphan adopted under the direction of her uncle Mordecai, “And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter (Esther 2:7 KJV). But I think at some point in her life, Esther might have gotten plain fed up and tired with people ordering her around and telling her how she should be living her life; who to marry; what to put on; what night you will be selected to seduce your husband, etc…. “Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him” (Esther 2:20 KJV).
Some things about Mordecai’s character:
- He is crazy and possessive about Esther (Est 2:20)
- Has her well-being and interest at the forefront of his mind (Est 2:20)
- Is a just a tad crazy and controlling, “Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her (Est 2:11).
- He will not worship or bow to any other god than God Almighty (Est 3:2)
- He doesn’t mind stripping off his clothes with the best of them and cry in public (Est 4:1)
- He was Benjamite (check out those famous Benjamites in the bible; they are CRAAAZZY: Ehud, Saul, Jonathan, Apostle Paul, Jeremiah)
In studying Esther’s character, what drives me is how she dealt with her enemy Haman who was a pain in her and Mordecai’s behind: Haman was evilly gifted in that he had a tormenting spirit and wasn’t averse to using it to destroy all the Jews in his part of the world (he does not know what he is dealing with as yet, but he will!)
Haman gets upset at Mordecai who will not bow to him as does everyone at the gate he passes, “but Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence (Est 3:2 KJV). This guy had probably never heard of Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego, somebody should have warned him that he would not win this battle, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” Daniel 3:16-18 KJV).
For the most part, Esther is perceived to be a demure, beautiful and submissive woman of God; I submit to you that Esther is much like anyone of us today, when our livelihood and lives are threatened (and we have a father, mother, guardian like Mordecai that will threaten your sensitivity Esther 4:13 KJV) you will do what needs to be done to get the better of the enemy in your backyard.
She does this with great style by inviting the enemy to dinner with her husband and herself. Haman after living in self-delusion for so long, finally realized that he was about to get his come-comeuppance: payback is ugly for lack of a better word. Esther masterfully strategizes the moment that she will get Haman off her back once and for all, discloses Haman’s behavior to the king who in a rage, “And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king. Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face” ( Est 7:7,8).
No! No! No! this is when Esther should have come forth and said, “Oh dear, he was not forcing me, just beseeching me”, she stood quietly by and committed murder by omission….Goodness gracious, she just allowed them to dispose of the guy. This is gritty attempted rape, murder and mayhem according to Esther. The hated Haman is killed with his dastardly plans and Esther gets kudos from the king who is smitten by Esther…
You got to love her, she is my shero. I am pretty sure you would have done the same in the same circumstances, wouldn’t you?