QT – Esther 7

Vs. 3, “Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.” Don’t forget…Until this time, Esther had not revealed to the King her true nationality. More than likely, Esther was very nervous and worried about how the King would react. I’m sure Haman was just as shocked, for he did not know his King’s Queen was a Jew. It’s obvious that King Xerxes is not exactly a man who cares too much about human life. He so easily allowed Haman to give an edict to destroy God’s people without evening hardly knowing anything. But, this was his precious Queen. Once again, God is ever-present behind the scences. It must have enraged the King to realize Haman had such power and schemes behind his back…no wonder he would soon have him dead. Ironically, Haman would die that same day on the very gallows he had built for Mordecai.

Regarding application…Death Penalty. Vs. 9, “Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A gallows seventy-five feet high stands by Haman’s house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Hang him on it!” The penalty was death…the sin penalty for all of us is also death. We all have sin nature in us…we all have the same condemnation upon us. By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are no longer condemned to death (Romans 8:1). I remember when I was a sophomore in high school, I gave my first public speech in speech class on the death penalty. On a sidenote…I remember I endorsed it then and I still have not changed my views. Anyways…part of the purpose of the death penalty isn’t only for justice but to also put fear in the perpatrators that might do a crime. We would think the fear of death is a good motivator, but sadly some knowingly do it despite the cost. What we all don’t realize (before knowing Jesus) is that we already are sentenced. Many on death row who know they are dying turn to Jesus. Let’s not wait for death to be knocking at our door or anyone else’s door for that matter. We have the answer against death, let’s share it!