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  • 2017-11-24   [에스더(Esther) 6:14 - 7:10]


    At the second feast Esther had prepared, Esther asked the king to spare the lives of herself and her people. At her request, the king commanded that Haman be executed by being impaled on the pole that had been built by Haman himself.

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  • 14 While they were yet talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hurried to bring Haman to the feast that Esther had prepared.
    1 So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther.
    2 And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, "What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled."
    3 Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request.
    4 For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have been silent, for our affliction is not to be compared with the loss to the king."
    5 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?"
    6 And Esther said, "A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!" Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.
    7 And the king arose in his wrath from the wine-drinking and went into the palace garden, but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm was determined against him by the king.
    8 And the king returned from the palace garden to the place where they were drinking wine, as Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was. And the king said, "Will he even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?" As the word left the mouth of
    9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, "Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman's house, fifty cubits high."
    10 And the king said, "Hang him on that." So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.
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Thinking & Understanding
Tip Esther invited the king and Haman to another feast. At this feast, the king once again asked Esther what she wished for, and this time Esther entreated the king to save her and her people. She revealed that all the Jews in Persia were at risk of being annihilated because of Haman’s wicked plot. Due to Esther’s wise actions, the king came to know about each of Haman’s wicked deeds and decided to have him executed. Haman was impaled on the pole he had personally prepared for Mordecai.

What lesson is God teaching me?
Vv. 1-4 When the king asked her to reveal her request, Esther entreated him to save her and grant her the lives of her people. It was a dangerous situation in which she and her people could all have been annihilated if she failed and the king was capricious, but Esther was able to relay the truth of the awful situation in a composed and delicate manner.

Vv. 8-10 While Haman begged Esther for his life to be spared, the king, assuming Haman was assaulting the queen, had him removed and eliminated. Because of his greed, which could not be satisfied even by holding the second highest position in the empire, Haman met his fate in a place fifty cubits ‘high’, overlooking the city of Susa. Let’s pray that we may not live self-elevated lives destined only to fall, but seek out the low places until we are raised up by the Lord.

Prayer
Lord, help us to not to climb to high places from which we will fall, but instead seek out the low places until you raise us up.