How Courage Triumphs Esther 5:1-3; 7:1-6, 9-10 Feb. 18, 2007
We all like stories describing actions of courage by people with whom we agree. Esther, and Mordecai
give us such examples. If we express courage in godly matters we will need to trust the Lord, talk His plan, and transact the plan. When one does this he/she will see How Courage Triumphs.
1. Courage Triumphs Through . . Trusting. 5:1-3
A. Esther Trusted The Lord And . . Dressed For The Occasion. 5:1
1 On the third day, Esther dressed up in her royal clothing and stood in the inner courtyard of the palace facing it. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal courtroom, facing its entrance.
B. Esther Trusted The Lord And . . Dared To Attract The Kings Attention. 5:2-3
2 As soon as the king saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard, she won his approval. The king
extended the golden scepter in his hand toward Esther, and she approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
3 “What is it, Queen Esther?” the king asked her. “Whatever you want, even to half the kingdom, will be
given to you.”
A book of a few years ago emphasized dressing for success. In Esther’s day the casual dress code of our day would not accomplish her desired purpose. She was coming to the king, and dressed like the Queen. She attracted the king’s attention; and received an opportunity to express her concern. No one came before the king dressed like queen Esther, and she did not have to dress up this much to be seen in the king’s court. She wanted to make this a special attraction so she could dare to share her concern. In our day such expressions from a queen would not be done the same way, but it was a daring expression of courage for Esther. Esther dressed properly for this daring occasion of courage.
2. Courage Triumphs Through . . Talking. 7:1-6
A. Talk The Plan To . . Spare God’s People. 7:1-3
1 The king and Haman came to feast with Esther the queen. 2 Once again, on the second day while drinking
wine, the king asked Esther, “Queen Esther, whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you seek, even to half the kingdom, will be done.” 3 Queen Esther answered, “If I have obtained your approval, my king, and if the king is pleased, spare my life—[this is] my request; and [spare] my people—[this is] my desire.
B. Talk The Plan To . . Slaughter God’s People. 7:4
4 For my people and I have been sold out to destruction, death, and extermination. If we had merely
been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept silent. Indeed, the trouble wouldn’t be worth burdening the king.”
C. Talk The Person . . Scheming Against God’s People. 7:5-6
5 King Ahasuerus spoke up and asked Queen Esther, “Who is this, and where is the one who would
devise such a scheme?” 6 Esther answered, “The adversary and enemy is this evil Haman.” Haman stood terrified before the king and queen.
If we desire to present a plan of courage; we must talk the plan. Some plans never get an audience because someone lacked the courage to speak. Esther wanted her life, and all the Jewish people to be spared, and some one needed to tell the king. She was on the hot spot, but God gave her the plan, and the courage to talk; we can learn from her example. The king did not know the plan to slaughter the Jewish people, and Esther got her opportunity to speak of this plan. The king requested to know who devised such a scheming plan. All eyes turned to Haman as Esther identified him as the evil person. In addition I suspect the terrified look, and body language of Haman shouted “I am the guilty one.”
3. Courage Triumphs Through . . Transaction. 7:9-10
A. The Transaction . . Reversing the Plan of Haman.. 7:9
9 Harbona, one of the royal eunuchs, said: “There is a gallows 75 feet tall at Haman’s house that he made for Mordecai, who [gave] the report that saved the king.” The king commanded, “Hang him on it.”
B. The Transaction . . Resolving the King’s Anger.. 7:10
10 They hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s anger subsided.
Haman’s plan included hanging Mordecai, and many others, but the king ordered a reversal of this plan,
and for Haman to be hanged on his own gallows. Can revenge be sweet? Esther and Mordecai must have enjoyed some mixed emotions at the sight of Haman hanging from the gallows planned for them. The Jewish Feast of Purim commemorates, and celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the scheme of Haman. God reversed Haman’s scheming plan! The king’s anger was resolved, and this gives us another example of How Courage Triumphs. Amen? Amen! (For addition information see: http://preachhim.org/SundaySchoolIndex.html)