How Courage Triumphs

 

Mordecai Calls On Esther To Stop Haman

Haman Desires To Kill The Jews - Queen Esther Desires To Stop Haman

 

Our Biblical theme is in Esther 5:1-7:10

Biblical Truth: Believers are to act courageously to defend others.

 

Lesson Passages: Esther 5:1-3; 7:1-6, 9-10

 

Biblical Truth:

Believers are to act courageously to defend others.

 

Introduction: Every day that we live is important and should be regarded as a special day made by the Lord (Psalms 118:24). This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it). Some days are especially important, critical, and filled with both danger and opportunity. Such a day had come for Esther. Her life, and the lives of her people, depended on what happened in the next few hours.

 

The time had come for her to make her move, take her stand and do whatever she could do to prevent the destruction of the Jews in the land. After a time of fasting and seeking the help of God, she was prepared to act.

 

I.        Step Out On Faith (Esther 5:1-3).

Esther 5:1-3 nkj

(1)  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.*

(2)  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 scepter.

(3)  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!"

 

Step out on faith (5:1-3). By faith, Esther entered the inner court of the king’s house. She was well aware that such a bold move could mean instant death for her. Not even the queen was allowed to go barging into the king’s room uninvited. This was probably a safety precaution. Unless the king raised his golden scepter, Esther’s doom was sealed.

 

Perhaps it was because of the king’s love for Esther, or maybe it was because the Spirit of God was at work in the king’s heart, or possibly it was both these things that caused the king to immediately extend his golden scepter toward Esther.

 

If we have prayerfully sought the presence and power of God in our daily life, we must rightfully assume that God walks with us when we step out in faith. Was it good luck or coincidence that led to Esther being welcomed into the king’s room?  We think not.

 

A. How did Esther know that this risk is the Will of God for her (5:1-3)?

B. What is the result of well-founded faith (5:3)?

 

II.      State The Facts (Esther 7:1-6).

Esther 7:1-6 nkj

(1)  So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther.

(2)  And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, "What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!"

(3)  Then Queen Esther answered and said, "If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.

(4For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king's loss."

(5)  So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?"

(6)  And Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!" So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.

 

State the facts (7:1-6). The Scripture reveals the God given wisdom displayed by Esther that day. She waited for the king’s permission to speak and then weighed her words carefully, with the help of God’s Spirit. After inviting the king, as well as evil Haman, to two evenings of feasting, Esther pleaded her case before the king. She stated the exact facts. The truth is powerful and the king was greatly moved when he learned of Haman’s wicked plans.

 

In giving witness to the truths of God, we need not embellish our testimony, or change the gospel to fit the circumstance. Truth will stand and the truth of God’s Word will accomplish the purpose of the Almighty. (Hebrews 4:12, For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.)

 

A. How does Esther state her petition, that is, from what direction (7:1-4)?

B. The king asks three questions.  What are they (7:5)?

C. I love verse 6.  Esther could have worded it so many ways. What do you think about it (7:6)?

 

III.    See Justice Served (Esther 7:9-10).

 

Esther 7:9-10 nkj

(9)  Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, "Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king's behalf, is standing at the house of Haman." Then the king said, "Hang him on it!"

(10)  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.

Then the king's wrath subsided.

 

See justice served (7:9-10). Was it not fitting that evil, wicked, Haman was hanged on the very gallows he had prepared for the murder of righteous Mordecai?  Little could Haman have known that God would awaken the king from his sleep, and cause the righteous deed of Mordecai to be read in his presence, just the night before. God was watching things unfold, and directing the results exactly as He chose. He watches over us as well.  We may not understand how God is leading, but He will never make a mistake with us.

 

Conclusion All our problems will not work out so smoothly.  Sometimes God answers our prayers in ways we don’t understand. Real faith asks God for specific results but quickly and readily accepts the answer God gives.  The Apostle Paul asked God to remove a thorn but God answered by leaving the thorn and revealing sufficient grace

(II Corinthians 12:6-9).

 

There are truly evil people in the world and one day they will be judged by a righteous King. Justice was recently served in the case of Saddam Hussein.

 

A. Let’s nail this down (so to speak).  How did Haman die, impaled or hung (7:9)?

B. The steps of faith, and follow-through of faith, result in justice (7:10)?

 

There are truly evil people in the world and one day they will be judged by a righteous King. Justice was recently served in the case of Saddam Hussein.

 

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