“And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews. Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king, And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces: For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred? Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.” – Esther 8:3-8
Esther had a real problem. Haman had decreed, through much manipulation an evil surmising, to not only destroy the entirety of the congregation of the Jews (her people), but also to have her uncle (who was more like a father to her) hanged in public. In the mist of his plotting, Haman had built a huge gallow for Mordecai’s public execution, a symbol of his pride, arrogance, jealousy, and malicious hatred toward this faithful servant of the King, as well as all his kind and kin. O, but God had a plan. Queen Esther was highly favored of the King, was led of God, and had been divinely positioned by the hand of God.
Once God had revealed Haman’s wicked plan to Esther she (under the unction of God’s leading) called a corporate three day fast by all her kinsmen, the Jews. She also called a feast at which she would invite the king and seek an audience to speak openly to him. She knew that to stand before the king un-summoned could, and very likely would, cost her her life. Non the less, she obeyed God’s leading, bold in her obedience, yet humble in her heart and actions.
Esther’s obedience to fast and seek an encounter with the king eventually positioned her to be able to voice her plea. She fell in humble reverence and cried out before the king, and finding all the more favor with him for this, he heard her cries.
Upon hearing of Haman’s plots against the beloved Queen Esther, the king’s faithful servant Mordecai, and the congregation of their kinsmen, the Jews, the king’s wrath was greatly kindled against Haman. All of Haman’s plotting and planning then turned against him as the king canceled all his words and letters, and ordered that he be hanged on the very gallows he had built for Mordecai.
I’ve seen this story play out on a personal level so many times in my walk with God and if you are truly serving God, then you will too. It is truly a lesson in spiritual warfare. In this life Haman’s will come, we can be assured of that. Yet, when we are obedient to the leading of God, and in fasting and prayer come to Him humbly seeking an audience with the King of kings, crying out for His help, we find favor and He comes to our rescue every time. Better still, He will turn those things that the enemy meant for our harm to our good. More often then not, those seeking to do you harm will end up caught in their own devises, lies, and plots. Their own words and actions will hang them every time. The very thing they meant to use to tear you down ends up only tearing themselves down, all while God turns it to further enrich you spiritually with revelation, knowledge, a closer walk with Him, growth in giftings, and greater faith. In this manner, God humbles the proud and exults the humble. All while reminding us that what is done in His Name, by those baring His seal of approval, no man can undo.
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” – Song of Solomon 8:6
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” – Ephesians 1:13
“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:8