Esther: Lesson 7: Haman Gets His Comeuppance

Events at Esther’s banquet did not turn out as Haman thought.  He envisioned receiving honor but, instead, his nemesis, Mordecai, was honored.  Even worse, Haman walked beneath Mordecai, who was on horseback, proclaiming: “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.”  When Haman returned home, his “wise men,” magi, […]

Esther, Lesson 6: The King and Haman

Esther went in to see King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) uninvited—and he was, in the end, delighted to see her.  He not only spared her life but even offered her “to the half of [his] kingdom,” pre-approving what she would ask of him.  Her gamble paid off!   Esther is playing the strategic game, especially as Haman’s killing […]

Esther, Lesson 4: Haman’s Plot against the Jews goes into Effect: What Will Esther do?

Both Mordecai and Haman had a hatred for each other, which went back to the days of Agag and Saul, ancestors of Haman and Mordecai.  Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, which was the expected honor given to the king’s officials.  Haman responds out of proportion to Mordecai’s lack of respect, wanting to rid […]

Esther, Lesson 3: Haman Plots the Destruction of the Jews

Esther enters the king’s court and after Ahasuerus spends the night with her, she becomes his favorite.  We now hear more specifics of what being in the harem of the king entailed.   Outline     Esther Meets the King Read Esther 2:12-14 “She was given whatever she desired”: Part of being a royal concubine […]