Chapter five opened with Esther going before the king. Remember, no one was to go before the King without being summoned! King Xerxes was pleased at the sight of Esther and he extended his golden scepter to her. Whew, he spared her life!
Immediately after extending the golden scepter, he asked Esther what she wanted. He even promised her up to half of the kingdom! Several commentaries state that he did not mean that he would literally give her half of the kingdom. I take this to mean that King Xerxes basically said “Whatever you need ….just say it and I will do it ’cause I got it like that …I am DA Man”. (LOL)
Instead of telling the King exactly what she wanted, Esther invited the King and Hamon to a banquet. At the invitation of the Queen to a banquet, Hamon’s chest immediately began to stick out. He left the palace in high spirits and went home and bragged about his professional standing to his family.
As Hamon boasted and pridefully imagined all the honors he was going to get, he began to get angry about Mordecai’s defiance in bowing to him. As he described how Mordechai continued to disrespect him, Hamon’s family and friends suggested he install a tall pole and ask the King to have Mordechai impaled on it.
Even with being second in command, Hamon wanted more. Hamon was a true follower of today’s way of thinking and Lil Kim’s rap song “Money Power and Respect”…….Money, power, and respect…. Help you sleep at night You’ll see the light ……It’s the key to life.
The desire and drive for more clouded Hamon’s thoughts and actions. By the end of chapter seven, Hamon learned the hard lesson: The chase of Money, power and respect is the key to death.
Throughout the books of Esther and Ruth I have been learning a lesson about God’s providence. Using seemingly insignificant events like parties, spa treatments and a sleepless night, God cared for His people. God is always working behind the scenes.
Read Esther chapters 5, 6, & 7
Complete the discussion questions for session 5 in the Study Guide