Esther reaches the inner courts and she sees her husband, the king, from a near distance sitting on his throne. Will she bail out and run back to her safe haven or does she go all the way and fulfill the plan?
How many times have we abandoned what was planned when things got tough? When we look at the situation, it seems better to leave it all now and start fresh. You think there’s been so much said and done; how can God restore all this? You see no way out, but to get out! As you find a quiet place within your heart, something tugging at you, speaking to you clearly saying, “Don’t give up now, you are so close!” You take a deep breath, muster up the last energy you have, and you push through adversity once again. Not realizing that this is the final push needed for the breakthrough. Amidst all the darkness that has been surrounding you; you finally see a little glimpse of light and continue on your journey.
The anticipation as everyone watches Esther walk towards her husband, the king. She obtains favor in his sight, their eyes meet, he holds out the golden scepter, and she reaches for it.
What an exciting time in real time and in history.
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.
Esther doesn’t hesitate in answering the question and invites the king and Haman to dinner that evening. He agrees and they both attend. When they arrive, as the wine is being poured out the king asks Esther again.
Esther 5:7 (AMP)
…What is your petition? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of the kingdom, it shall be performed.
She invites them once again for dinner the following evening and they return for the second night.
Haman is so pleased of himself. He’s been promoted by the king, he thinks he has favor with the queen, and everything seems to be falling into place for his master plan of destruction of the Jews. His contentment is distracted once he sees Mordecai at the king’s gate. Mordecai refuses to bow down to Haman. Even though his anger is stirred up, he controls it and continues on his way home.
Haman gathers his friends and wife. He boasts about all his riches and accomplishments, but he’s not fully satisfied. His mission is to destroy and he wants to kill Mordecai. His group musters up a plan to build a gallows and present it to the king and ask the king that Mordecai be hung on it. Haman thinks this is a wonderful plan and so he sends it to be made.
We have a similar pattern of Herodias, Haman, and others. They sit in a high place in society, but are not satisfied with just that. They want to destroy another person to the point of death! Can we see the pattern and how revenge and anger can destroy us if we don’t take care of it immediately? The enemy loves to see us in this state. He has us right where he wants us. We could never think rationally or make sense of things when we allow this combination to run rampant in our mind. We try to destroy others, but we wind up destroying ourselves in the long run.
Let’s remember when one tries to do wrong to another, God is in the midst making changes to the plan. He does it quietly in the Spirit and it will manifest in the natural and grab a hold of the situation.
That same night as Haman was getting the gallows ready, the king could not sleep. He sends for the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, to be read before him. As he’s listening, he’s been made aware that Mordecai actually saved his life at one time by exposing two men that wanted to kill him. He realizes that nothing has been done to compensate Mordecai for this good deed; no award or honor.
When the king asks, “Who’s in the courts?” He was told Haman was in the midst. He was about to ask him permission to hang Mordecai on the gallows. But Haman himself would get a great surprise.
Esther 6:6 (AMP)
So Haman came in. And the king said to him, What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor? Now Haman said to himself, To whom would the king delight to do honor more than to me?
Haman’s head was spinning in glory and how he would boast himself in glamour and honor for all to see. He responded as such:
Esther 6:7-9 (AMP)
7And Haman said to the king, For the man whom the king delights to honor, 8Let royal apparel be brought which the king has worn and the horse which the king has ridden, and a royal crown be set on his head. 9And let the apparel and the horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes. Let him array the man whom the king delights to honor, and conduct him on horseback through the open square of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.
The king thought it was a great idea and sends Haman to execute the plan and honor Mordecai, the Jew. Haman was beside himself and goes away in mourning.
God allowed favor to begin its process for the Jews. Did Esther’s fasting and praying make a difference? It sure did. There’s power in it and we need to learn to tap into it more often than not.
God listens to his people when we’re obedient to his command.
Luke 6:46-49 (AMP)
46Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you? 47For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock. 49But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.
So, let’s ask ourselves; is our house built on a rock or on the ground?