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Thursday, October 2 2014
Esther 5: Esther's Invitation To The Hangman's Banquet
"Let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them"
Hadassah (her Hebrew name), also known as Esther (her Persian name), did not seek to become the Queen of Persia (see How Did Vashti's Refusal Change Bible History? and How Hadassah Of Benjamin Became The Queen Of Persia). Esther became Queen however just as a genocide was threatened (see Haman's Chess Board Plot and Mordecai's Sackcloth and Ashes) upon all of the people of the exiled Kingdom of Judah i.e. the tribes of Judah, Benjamin (Esther was a Benjamite) and Levi (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings). Although Esther herself was not immediately in danger, wise and righteous Mordcai saw the bigger picture:
"4:12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
So it was then that Esther took action to reveal that Haman, not Mordecai and the people of Judah, was the deadly enemy of the king.
"5:1 Now 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. 5:2 And 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.
It was an elaborate play in which Esther figuratively, and literally, gave Haman the rope from which to hang himself (as we will cover in the next chapters).
"5:9 Then 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. 5:10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.
Fact Finder: Judas Iscariot was also hung for his treason against the Messiah. How was the suicide of Judas Iscariot proof that he did not truly repent of his betrayal?
This Day In History, October 2
1187: Saladin, the sultan of Syria, captured Jerusalem from the Church of Rome's "Crusaders" who had taken their turn of holding the city (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1263: King Alexander III successfully defended Scotland from an invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway.
1535: French explorer Jacques Cartier renamed a small village in Quebec as Montreal.
1608: The first telescope was demonstrated by its inventor, Hans Lippershey of the Netherlands (although Galileo Galilei is often incorrectly regarded as the inventor of the telescope, he was actually the first to use it for astronomy).
1780: John Andre, an active-duty British Army officer during the New England rebellion, was hung as a "spy" by the rebels of the colonies.
1835: The Texas Rebellion against Mexico began with the Battle of Gonzales. Texas became independent of Mexico in 1836, before joining the United States of New England (the former 13 colonies) in 1845, but succeeded from the U.S. in 1861 to join the Confederate States of America during the U.S. Civil War.
1836: Charles Darwin returned to Falmouth, England, after 5 years of exploration of the southern oceans aboard the HMS Beagle (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution to understand how present-day scientists have changed Darwin's original writings).
1853: Austria passed a law which outlawed the ownership of land by Jews.
1870: In a plebiscite, the Papal States voted for union with Italy. The country's capital moved from Florence to Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1901: The first submarine commissioned by the British navy was launched.
1910: The first collision of 2 aircraft occurred, in the air over Milan, Italy.
1919: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke which left him partially paralyzed.
1924: Delegates at the League of Nations meeting in Geneva adopted a protocol aimed at resolving all international disputes by arbitration. The Second World War followed a few years later (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1935: Italian forces invaded Abyssinia. Apart from seeking revenge for Italy's defeat at Adua in 1896, Mussolini had imperialist ambitions in Africa. The Italian occupation lasted until 1941. Mussolini had regarded himself as the new leader of the Roman Empire, but he was too late - it had moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire).
1940: During the Second World War, the Empress of Britain, on route to Canada with children being sent to safety from the bombing of Britain, was sunk by a Nazi submarine. British warships rescued most of the 634 children and crew.
1958: The Republic of Guinea in west Africa achieved independence from France.
1964: Scientists announced their findings that smoking causes lung cancer.
1979: While speaking at the U.N. in New York City, Pope John Paul II denounced all present-day concentration camps and torture.
1985: A joint U.S.-French expedition announced that it had found the Titanic.