Esther 5 Outline
– Esther went to see the king (Esther 5:1- 3)
– Esther asked the king and Haman to go to a dinner (Esther 5:4-6)
– Esther asked the king and Haman to come to a second dinner (Esther 5:7-8)
– Haman boasted to his wife (Esther 5:9-13)
– Haman listened to his wife and friends’ suggestion to build a gallows to hang Mordecai (Esther 5:14)
Esther 5 Summary
Esther put on her royal apparel and went into the king’s house. The king held out the scepter and she went in to the king’s house. It appeared that King Ahasuerus was very happy to see Esther. He asked her why she had come. He even promised to give Esther up to half of his kingdom. Esther requested the king to come to a dinner which she had prepared along with Haman. While at the wine banquet, the king asked Esther what she really wants. Esther deterred the king by asking him to come to another banquet which she had prepared tomorrow along with Haman.
Haman was joyful after he left the dinner. When he saw that Mordecai did not bow down to him at the palace gate, he was angry but did not say a word. When he reached home, he boasted to his wife and friends about his riches and the number of children he has. He boasted how the king promoted him to the highest official in the kingdom. He also told them about the dinner which Queen Esther had invited him and the king to. He told them that he was invited to another banquet that Queen Esther prepares tomorrow. Then, his wife, Zeresh suggested building a gallows that is 50 cubits high to hang Mordecai. The suggestion pleased Haman and he had it built in front of his house.
Esther 5 Bible Study
1. God brings down the proud and exalt the humble
Haman was full of pride because he was assigned a high position by the king. Pride is no good because it causes us to do foolish things. When you have pride, you will feel angry at people who oppose your ideas. Jesus preached that pride is evil and it defiles a man (Mark 7:21). Pride is listed as a serious sin along with other types of sins such as murders, and stealing. Matthew 23: 12 and says that God will exalt those who are humbled and bring low the ones that are full of pride.
2. Good pride and bad pride
1 Corinthians 13:4 says that love is patient and kind. Love does not envy, boast, or proud. Pride is not of love. There are different types of prides. Having pride for people who are in God’s will is not a sin. However, if you have pride and tend to boast, it is a sin and not spiritual. If you humble yourself, God will surely exalt you. Pride is an obstacle in the relationship between you and God. If you want to have a good relationship with God, you must get rid of the pride in your heart and humble yourself. (Proverbs 21:4; 24, Romans 12:16, 2 Timothy 3:1-5)