Esther 7: Haman Hanged

We have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Esther 7:4

At the evening banquet, Queen Esther reveals that she is Jewish, and that Haman has ordered to slaughter of her and all her people. One of the king’s servants then volunteers the information that Haman has built a gallows on which to hang Mordecai, “who spoke up to help the king.” The furious Xerxes orders Haman hanged there instead.

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. 4  For 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.”

7:3, 4 Esther repeated her address of 5:8 and now added her request. Let my life be given: Esther asks the king to spare her life and the lives of her people. This latter appeal was an impassioned plea to the king in which she also disclosed her true identity to him for the first time. Esther told the king that she and her fellow Jewish people have been sold, referring to Haman’s bribe to the king in 3:9.

 

 

 

Haman Hanged

… Then the king said, “Hang him on it!” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai (9,10)

Haman’s fate Haman’s execution is a pure example of poetic justice. It’s also an example of an OT law principle found in Deut. 19:19. There it specifies if a witness against (accuser of) another is proven to have lied, “then do to him as he intended to do to his brother.” Haman’s lies about the Jews were intended to bring about their deaths. It was just that he should die instead.

 

 

–> Neither his rich, high position, nor wife and friends who benefited from him could not save him.  Execution is the most terrifying thing.

Let us remember that our God planned and carried out His own execution so that we may live.  No wonder, many people find it hard to believe!