Esther 7 Commentary

Esther 7 Commentary

It appears the Book of Esther comes to a philosophical conclusion with chapter 7. Haman’s life comes to a horrible end. He is impaled on the same tower that he had erected for Mordecai. It is the result of pride.

The New Testament expands our understanding of this book. Haman is very proud, self-made, and power-hungry. He is also very greedy.  Greediness is the absence of contentment. He had everything but contentment. He thought all he needed to have a complete life was Mordecai’s respect. Only if he had known that his problem was lack of contentment and not the lone absence of Mordecai’s respect.

Contentment is a special gift from the LORD. Not many people have it. David’s pursuit of Bathsheba was down to a lack of contentment. Many of us should be praying for contentment and not for another car.

Pride is like an aggressive software virus that constantly deletes the word ‘blessing’ from the saint’s profile. It doesn’t matter how much the saint is blessed, pride and greediness will always make it zero. Sadly, this is a virtual zero because the wife will still be there; the income will still be there; good health will still be there. Pride and greediness are architects of virtual reality where the many blessings become zero even when they are very much physically present.

Esther’s plea for dear life against Haman gives us the picture of the saint before the King of kings. The immortal Jesus Christ grants immortality to all that can find time to ask. Haman may have represented a threat to temporal earthly life. Satan represents a real threat to blessed immortality in the presence of the Creator God.

“Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?” The LORD’s bride should rest secure in the knowledge that the all-knowing God is still loving, caring, and very much present. At the right time: “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Let not Haman feel he is the only one preparing ‘things’.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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