So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.
3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:
4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.
5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?
6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
7 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.
8 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.
9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
At Esther’s second banquet she speaks openly about her fears for her own life and the lives of her fellow Jews. The king is horrified that anyone would plot to kill his beautiful queen and her people. Esther calmly turns to Haman and names him as her archenemy. Haman is terrified as the full significance of his actions sinks into his heart. All of his hateful plots and plans lie in tatters on the ground. The king is enraged. Haman pleads for his life. But it is too late. He is seized, put to death and hung from the very pole he set up for Mordecai.
Pride, selfishness and revenge had grown in Haman’s heart. This hatred had consumed and destroyed him, rather than Mordecai. Everything that Haman hoped to do for his enemy was done to him.
There is an interesting law at work in the universe. When we bless others, we are blessed, and when we “curse” others, we are “cursed”. Reflect on how you might be hurting others. Pray for them and do something surprisingly good for them. Be a blessing, and in every encounter you have today, aim to leave others more blessed than when you found them.
Family Ministries Director
Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists