Pastor John W. Brown
Calvary Chapel Central Phoenix
Last week we heard Mordecai say what is
considered the most famous verse from the book of Esther: Esth 4:14 (NKJV) "For if you remain completely
silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from
another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows
whether you have come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?"
Mordecai has asked Queen Esther to
“stand-in-the-gap” for her people.
He has asked her to go before the King and try
to stop the massacre of the Jews.
If she goes before the king without an
invitation, she stands the risk of being executed.
If she doesn’t her people will be executed!
So, we left our teaching last week with Esther asking
Mordecai to solicit a 3 day fast while she prepared to go to the king.
Let’s continue with Chapter 5.
Esth 5:1 (NKJV)
Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on [her] royal [robes] and
stood in the inner court of the king's palace, across from the king's house,
while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance
of the house.
Remember when Esther won the king’s heart the
She didn’t get all “dolled” up like the rest of
She was beautiful enough just as she was.
This time she goes all out. That is what is meant with the phrase, she put on [her] royal [robes]!
She’s wearing all the royal colors, and royal
Needless to say, she was strikingly beautiful!
Here’s the picture:
The king is sitting upon the royal throne,
probably conducting affairs of the state.
He is no doubt surrounded by attendants also
dressed in their finest with all the splendor of the Kings Court.
And somewhere from behind a pillar in the
courtyard, steps beautiful Queen Esther.
Esth 5:2 (NKJV)
So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, [that] she
found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter
that [was] in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the
If this were a scene in a Broadway play, all
eyes would be not upon King Xerxes, or Queen Esther, but upon the scepter!
If the King holds it out, it means life. If he does not, it means death.
Esther was helpless. Her fate was completely in
the hands of the King.
The king raises the scepter and shows mercy and
grace to her.
Then she steps forward and accepts his grace!
There are some spiritual lessons here:
There is another King that is bound by a law
greater that the Law of The Medes and Persians.
Paul tells us in Roma 6:23 (NKJV) ...the wages of sin
The Lord told Adam and Eve the same thing at the
They didn’t listen and the result was . . . all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God, Roma 3:23 (NKJV)
It is an irrevocable law that must be adhered
But like the “Law of The Medes and Persians” it
has been amended!
Actually it hasn’t been altered in any way. It has been “paid in full” by the Savior.
Jesus holds out His scepter of grace and invites
all who will, to come and touch it and enter in, not into His wrath, but into the courts of His mercy and love!
But like Queen Esther, in order to receive that
mercy and grace, we must reach out and accept it!
Esth 5:3-4 (NKJV)
And the king said to her, "What do you wish, Queen Esther? What [is] your
request? It shall be given to you--up to half the kingdom!" 4 So Esther
answered, "If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to
the banquet that I have prepared for him."
The king is astute enough to know that the Queen
would not take this risk over something petty.
I’m sure she was frightened and trembling and
And like a good husband he picked up on all
In an effort to reassure her of his love he
offered her anything she wanted up to ˝ of the kingdom!
He made this offer publicly so it wasn’t an idle
There are a couple of marital lessons in these
If the king had been in touch with his wife in
the last 30 days he would have known something was wrong before this!
He, like some husbands, thought money and gifts
would make her happy.
She doesn’t reveal her heart completely, but
invites the king and Haman to a banquet.
To the king’s credit, he didn’t make her reveal
everything right there.
He accepted the invitation.
Remember the “Greater King” I talked about
earlier, Jesus Christ?
He also is astute enough to know that when a
genuine “seeker” comes to Him that there is a deeper problem than that which
brought them seeking! The greater
problem is sin and separation from God.
And to all He offers not just ˝ of the
kingdom, but all of it!
Reve 3:20-21 (NKJV) "Behold, I stand at the door
and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and
dine with him, and he with Me. 21 "To him
who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and
sat down with My Father on His throne.
Esth 5:5-6 (NKJV)
Then the king said, "Bring Haman quickly, that he may do as Esther has
said." So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
6 At the banquet of wine the king said to
Esther, "What [is] your petition? It shall be granted you. What [is] your
request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!"
Haman is prime minister of the kingdom, but when
the queen made a request, he was ordered to comply!
This should have been a good sign to Esther, but
she is still frightened!
Prov 21:1 tell us... The king's heart [is] in the hand of the Lord, [Like] the rivers of
water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
King Xerxes is not a godly man, but God is still
at work here!
Esth 5:7-9 (NKJV)
Then Esther answered and said, "My petition and request [is] [this]: 8 "If I have found favor in the sight of the
king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request,
then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them,
and tomorrow I will do as the king has said." 9 So Haman
went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in
the king's gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled
with indignation against Mordecai.
Notice she still doesn’t reveal her request!
She invites them back for yet another banquet
the next day, and promised to reveal her request then.
Haman is an example of the worst in all of us.
As long as he is being “elevated” by being
singled out for the royal banquets, he is on cloud nine.
But on the way home, when he passes the king’s
gate, and Mordecai doesn’t bow down to him, he is furious!
The following verses explain this in a little
Esth 5:10-13 (NKJV)
Nevertheless Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and called for
his friends and his wife Zeresh. 11 Then Haman
told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in
which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the
officials and servants of the king. 12 Moreover
Haman said, "Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me to come in with
the king to the banquet that she prepared; and tomorrow I am again invited by
her, along with the king. 13 "Yet all this
avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's
The Hebrew word used here for “restrained” means
that he “forced” himself to say nothing!
Now, one might say, “Well, that was a good thing
for Haman to hold his tongue.”
But let’s see what he did next.
He invites all his friends over and tells them
what a wonderful and important guy he is and what a creep Mordecai is.
What we are about to see illustrates Prov 16:18
better than just about anything I can think of.
Pride [goes] before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
According to Matthew 18, Haman should have taken
his complaint to Mordecai himself instead of holding a “defamation meeting.”
The meeting was a great success! It accomplished exactly what Haman thought
Esth 5:14 (NKJV)
Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Let a gallows be
made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai
be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet." And the
thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made.
He tainted the hearts of all that were present
against Mordecai and they came up with a wonderful suggestion:
a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king
that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the
That’s what his resentment of Mordecai had said
to him all along!
it must surely be the right decision because how could all these people be
He slept well that night, confident that his
problems would soon be over!
But the “fall” is just around the corner!!
Pride is an awful thing!
It causes us to lose perspective, elevate
ourselves to judge and jury, and seek to destroy those who don’t agree with us
and bow down to us!
Gathering people to justify ourselves at the
expense of others is NEVER a right
thing to do!
Following Matthew 18 is ALWAYS the right thing
Going to the person we have the “beef” with.
We must constantly remember - we are all
Our “righteousness” is as filthy rags!
We need to show as much grace as we want grace
shown to us when we do something stupid!
And we must be as quick to forgive because we surely
want forgiveness when we fail!
Jesus holds out the scepter of grace!
We can come into His presence and be forgiven
and He will give us ALL of His kingdom!