When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?” As the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king’s behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.” Then the king said, “Hang him on it!” (Esther 7:8-9)
The story of Esther is a beautiful portrait of courage where a young woman of God is willing to give her life to save her people’s annihilation from the plans of a wicked man. Haman is as much the central character in the story with his devious plans and hatred for Mordecai. It is a contrast in those who would follow a righteous path of the Lord with those who seek power and fame through unrighteousness.
Haman was a man filled with pride, arrogance, evil intent and hungry for the power of men. A villain of scripture he not only wanted to kill Mordecai; it was his plan to destroy all the people of this foreign slave. He did not want a single Israelite left alive and he would stop at nothing to see his plan done. Granted permission from the king the evil Haman put things in motion to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day. His plan is perfect – or so he thinks.
Hearing of the holocaust that would befall her people Esther puts herself at the mercy of God to entreat the king to save her people. Inviting her husband and Haman to a banquet she lays her first plan forth and invites them to a second feast the next day. Haman can hardly contain himself for his pleasure to be invited by the king. But the hatred of Mordecai still burns deep in Haman and through the advice of his wife Zeresh a gallows seventy-five feet high is built to hang his nemesis.
Meanwhile the king is reminded of the conspiracy to kill him and the man who stopped this plot was Mordecai. Deciding to honor Mordecai the king inquires of the first man to come into the court what shall be done. In a humorous (at least to me) twist of fate it is Haman. His folly is thinking the king will bestow this great honor on himself but to his deep shock the king orders Haman to bestow the honor on Mordecai. It is about to get worse.
Furious and humiliated, Haman runs backs to his house crying and covering his head. He has never experienced such a horrible and demeaning thing in his life … but again that is nothing to what is about to happen. The message comes for Haman to appear at the feast of Esther. During the feast the plot is revealed to the king and furious the ruler steps out to the palace garden to compose himself. Haman, knowing his life is in danger, falls on the couch of the queen begging for his life. Talk about the wrong place at the wrong time: in walks the king. Seeing Haman accosting his wife, the king demands Haman to be taken out and hanged on the gallows (75 feet high) he had built for Mordecai. Haman’s folly. Now that is a great story.
But the greatest story of all comes tomorrow. The Lord is risen.