We have reached the place in the story where Queen Esther is giving a banquet for the king and Haman. (Remember it was Haman who concocted the plot to kill all the Jews in the kingdom.) Also at this banquet, Esther has promised to tell the king what is troubling her. She said to him, “…if I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life—this I petition. And spare my people that is my request. For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation…” (Esther 7: 3-4) The king demanded to know who was responsible for such an order, and Esther told him it was Haman. The king in his anger stormed out of the room. Haman now knew he was in big trouble! Haman had planned to kill all the Jews, and this inadvertently threatened the queen. Haman fell on the couch where Esther was lying, and begged her for forgiveness. At that time, the king returned to the room. “…the king exclaimed, ‘will he even molest the queen while she is still in my house?’” (Esther 7: 8) As soon as the king said these words, his aids covered Haman’s face. This was symbolic. Haman was a dead man! Haman was removed from the king’s sight, and hung on the very gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7: 2)
Now Mordecai rose to a high position in the king’s court. All those who advocated the annihilation of the Jews were now in fear for their lives. In fact, many of them were killed by the Jews. Jews celebrate their redemption at the Purim Celebration. This year, Purim was celebrated February 28-March 2. This is a unique celebration in that the Jewish community really frolics. They had gone from certain destruction to sheer joy. The Book of Esther is read as part of the celebration, and if you happen to be in a Jewish synagogue, every time the name of Haman is mentioned, you’ll hear a chorus of boos. And, if you go to a Jewish household, you might be served a triangle shaped pastry called “Haman’s ears”.
In Russia in the 1950’s Joseph Stalin had plans to ‘deal’ with the ‘Jewish problem’ in his country. Fortunately, before his plans could be carried out, Stalin died in 1953 on Purim. In the 1990’s Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and began firing SCUD missiles in to Israel. The US led coalition entered the fracas, and Saddam was defeated—on Purim.
We know from history that King Xerxes was killed in a coup against the crown. As to the fate of Mordecai and Esther, we are left to ponder. But as for me, when the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city, and restore the nation, I give some credit to Mordecai and Esther.
About The Author
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.