Vs. 2, “When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.” God’s providence is at work and she would find favor with the King. Xerxes is intrigued to say the least at this unexpected visit from Esther. Esther wisely holds out in telling her true intentions and asks to have a banquet with Haman later that day. Perhaps the wine and food would lend the King to a more happier disposition. Once again, Xerxes asked what Esther’s inquiry was all about…but Esther would again wisely hold back her response to another day. It’s interesting to note Haman’s false sense of security and pride (vs. 12). That evening after the banquet, Mordecai happened to have another encounter with Haman which would bring Haman to a rage since Mordecai was not respecting him. In Haman’s wrath against Mordecai, he would have gallows built to hang him…little did he know what truly would happen soon.
Regarding application…Wisdom. Vs. 8, “If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.” Esther in a sense was “working” the King. She had the wisdom to know that she would need Haman there if she were going to bring up the accusation of Haman’s intentions to kill her people to the Xerxes. I’m not sure if Esther froze up and was too scared to do it the first day, but in this verse, she waits another day. And there was truly a reason for it as you will see in the following chapter. Esther must have surely prayed and had the wisdom to discern how to approach such a grave accusation. It reminds me how we tend to want to bring justice immediately or solve a issue without thinking it through. What a brave & wise woman Esther was!