I love the book of Esther. It’s such a beautiful picture of redemption, God’s sovereignty, courageous faith and taking risks for the protection of others. Today we read about two crucial steps in the plot of this intriguing story. The first steps of Esther’s courageous yet risky plan to save God’s people and the first steps of Haman’s evil plan to kill Mordecai and eventually, God’s people as well.
First, we see how Esther takes a risk to get the King’s attention to make a request before him to eventually save God’s people from Haman’s genocide. As we learned from the last chapter, this type of request to the king was not custom within this culture and is why Esther told her uncle “if I die, I’ll die.” But Esther was wise with her opportunity because she knew that if she would’ve just accused Haman of his evil plan, she would risk the king not believing her and have no proof of such a plan. Instead she requested a big party to win the king and Haman’s favor. As she takes initial steps toward truth and righteousness, Haman takes additional steps toward deceit and sin as he expands his evil plan by building hanging gallows to kill the people he did not believe deserved to be in such a high and prestigious position. As both Esther and Haman take these steps further away from each, it’s important to see the different characteristics displayed in each person.
- The wisdom and patience of Esther
- The pride and hatred of Haman
Esther displayed great wisdom in not making her real request known right away and patience as she trusted in God’s will and timing to do so. Wisdom and patience are essential in any plan we make as God’s people. With the importance and urgency of the situation, I’m sure it was tempting to get it all out as soon as possible but it was certainly not the wisest move. The same goes for our plans, even the plans with the best of motives. We should make sure that God’s wisdom and patience is always included in our plans.
Haman reveals his pride and ego right away in this passage as he brags about his riches, his family and his position with the king. However his hatred toward Mordecai and God’s people surpassed his pleasure in the above things. He was then influenced to take the steps of building hanging gallows to kill these people and secure his position with the king.
These same characteristics displayed in Esther and Haman are displayed in God and Satan. We not only represent both when acting out on them but when making plans based off of them. Let this be a reminder as we do our best taking steps toward God’s will and fulfilling his calling and commission on our lives.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor