Esther 5:3 (AMP)
Then the king said to her, What will you have, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of the kingdom.
Queen Esther had just entered the inner courts of the kings’ palace. This was completely contradictory to the laws of the land. Everyone knew that if you presented yourself in the inner courts to the king without being called, you would be put to death.
As the story is told in the book of Esther, Haman convinced the king by telling him there was a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of his kingdom that didn’t have the same laws as his. He went further to say that it didn’t profit the king to tolerate this behavior. The king proceeded to write a letter, seal with his signet ring, and disperse to all the provinces that on a certain day everyone and anyone had the right to kill any Jew that was in their area.
Haman had a deeper rooted revenge that the king was unaware of that goes back to the book of Exodus. Again, just like Herodias took an opportunity to fulfill her vengeance, Haman was doing the same exact thing.
For a brief moment, we will go back in history to discuss Amalekites; Haman’s genealogy.
As the Israelites leave Egypt led by Moses, their first unprecedented battle was with the Amalekites. God shows his mighty power once again and miraculously the Israelites win the battle. God is angered by the Amalekites that He promises to blot out the whole generation.
Now, why would God be so angry at the Amalekites? Let’s see what Deuteronomy has to say.
Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (AMP)
17Remember what Amalek did to you on the way when you had come forth from Egypt, 18How he did not fear God, but when you were faint and weary he attacked you along the way and cut off all the stragglers at your rear. 19Therefore when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies round about in the land which the Lord your God gives you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heavens; you must not forget.
God didn’t protect the Israelites from the attack because of their murmuring just right before the battle, but He wasn’t going to allow the Amalekites to forget the cruelty to the ones who couldn’t defend themselves.
Was God being double standard? Well, let’s talk about this. God had taken the Israelites out of bondage (Egypt). If we know God well, He’s not going to lead us out of something to leave us stranded. But at times, we don’t think God is quick enough and we start complaining; so was the case with the Israelites. They were thirsty and wanted water NOW! Instead of waiting on Him, they decided to bug Moses. God will sometimes give us what we want, but we miss the whole point or lesson that He’s trying to teach us. Instead of moving one step forward in our destiny, God makes us simmer in our current state, or we go back a step and go through the process all over again. We stay in this condition until we get it right.
Life is all about lessons; God is teaching us every day.
These two nations would meet up in battle numerous times in the old testament until the last person was blotted out. It is an interesting journey. If you have an opportunity to follow this nation, I’ve added some references for your study.
You’re probably wondering how Esther, a Jewish girl, who is the kings’ wife has anything to do with this.
It was no coincidence that Esther was picked for such a time as this. No one knew of her past and where she was from. When she was asked, she always dodged the question with another answer.
God will hide us until it’s His opportune time to expose our whole being. Will we honor and glorify Him or will we try to glorify ourselves?