Dave Burnette's Commentary

Esther Chapter 5

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Mordecai
Date Penned: (470 BC)
Overview: God's Sovereignty and Power Through Esther's Life (c 1-10)
Theme: Esther Intercedes For the Jews (c 5-8)
Message: Mordecai Ask Esther for Help (1-17)

Esther 5 Commentary

(5:1-9) A Root of Bitterness  - Hatred and bitterness are like weeds with long roots that grow in the heart and corrurpt all of life. Haman was so consumed with hatred toward Mordecai that he could not even enjoy the honor of being invited to Esther's party. Hebrews 12:15 warns us to watch out "lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." Don't let hatred and its resulting bitterness build in your heart. If you do, like Haman, you will find it backfiring against you (see Esther 6:13; 7:9-10). If the mere mention of someone's name provokes you to anger, confess your bitterness as sin. Ignoring bitterness, hiding it from others, or making superficial changes in behavior is not enough. If bitterness isn't completely removed, it will grow back, making matters worse.

(5:14) Pride Unto Death - Haman's family and friends, who were as arrogant as he was, suggested that the gallows be 50 cubits (75 feet) high, probably built on the city wall or some prominent building. They wanted to make sure that all the people of the city saw Mordecai's death and would be reminded of the consequences of disobeying Haman. Ironically, these high gallows later allowed everyone to see Haman's death.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

God is In Control

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we  continue the Book of Esther with Chapter 5. In our text today we see Esther interceding for the Jews as she appears before the king. What catches my eye is, although it took faith for Esther to intervene, it was God who was in control providing the victory for the Jewish nation. In making application we are reminded that even though it takes faith to move a mountain it is God who moves the mountain. I don't know what you are facing today but remember that God is in Control. Yes, have faith and act but leave the results up to our Lord. How about you? Do you remember that God is in control? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Esther to remember that God is in Control.


Esther 5

Esther 5

 1Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.

 2And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

 3Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

 4And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

 5Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

 6And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.

 7Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is;

 8If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king hath said.

 9Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai.

 10Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

 11And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

 12Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.

 13Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.

 14Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.