Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 9 - Esther 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is Esther 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter opens with the second dinner at Queen Esther's. The king and Haman are in attendance and the king, once again, asks Esther what he can do for her. This is Esther's moment and she courageously asks the king to save her people from annihilation. 
  • King Xerxes is outraged by the plan to kill all of the Jews and asks Esther who is behind it...and she is able to turn Haman in and Haman is hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Esther shows incredible courage by requesting this of the king. She knows how she got her position...because the king acted in his fury and had the previous queen banished. She knows the same could happen to her. But in, what seems to be, a 'now or never' moment, Esther speaks bravely, boldly, and truthfully to the king. 
  • And is there a better example of 'pride goes before the fall' than Haman? In his pride and rage he had this scheme to not only annihilate the Jewish people (which would include the queen and Mordecai) but to specifically execute Mordecai on gallows he had built in his own backyard. He thought he had the perfect plan. He fooled himself to think he was indestructible...that no one could touch him because of his power and rank. But, the truth spoke for itself and in the end, it was Haman who was killed.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It could be easy to read this chapter and judge Haman. But are you building the gallows on which you can be hung? Are you planting rumors to take someone down? Spreading gossip about someone you work with? Planting seeds of deceit to cause distrust in a circle of friends? It may not be as obvious as Haman's plan and it requires us to take a hard and honest look at our lives...but if we do and we see areas in our lives where we are building gallows, you can stop today. Speak courageously and truthfully, like Esther.