Sermon Outline: Haman's Fall Before The King And Queen - Esther 7:1-10

Last week we saw that the momentum in this story has completely shifted by the providential hand of Godfrom Haman to Esther. Haman has been entrapped by his own pride, arrogance and conceit. Heis beginning to see that his kingdom is collapsing and he is powerless to stop it. Everything is out of his control.

Our text this morning is Esther 7:1-10,

So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. 2 And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, “What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” 3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request. 4 For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have been silent, for our affliction is not to be compared with the loss to the king.” 5 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?” 6 And Esther said, “A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.

7 And the king arose in his wrath from the wine-drinking and went into the palace garden, but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm was determined against him by the king. 8 And the king returned from the palace garden to the place where they were drinking wine, as Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was. And the king said, “Will he even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?” As the word left the mouth of the king, they covered Haman's face. 9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman's house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.” 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.

Our text begins in Esther 7:1 with these words, “So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther.” As I consider Esther in this moment Psalm 23:5-6comes to mind. I can see her saying to herself, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” In a few moments Esther will ask King Ahasuerus for favor for herself and her people but ultimately she is looking to the LORD for their deliverance. (Ps. 123)

Similarly, today we will be taking communion together at the end of this service and we will remember that in Christ Jesus we have received the goodness and mercy of God. We will remember that through Jesus Christ our greatest enemies have been defeated and we are walking in more and more victory against indwelling sin, this sinful world, and the devil. Like Esther, we are to continually look to the LORD and partake in the grace He provides.

The King Honors The Queen

Esther 7:2 says, “And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, ‘What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.’”

This is the third occasion in which the king has sought to hear Esther’s wish and to act upon her request.

  • Three times the king has brought this up to Esther.

  • Three times the king has taken the initiative to hear from Esther about the desire she has.

  • Three times he has promised to give her up to half his kingdom.

  • He has not regretted, wavered, backed off, or seemed hesitant to hear what she has to say.


I mention this is because in two of my commentaries mentioned that King Ahasuerus was not able to sleep in Esther 6:1 because he was afraid of what the queen might ask for. For example David Firth said, “...it is perfectly possible to understand why the king might not have been able to sleep...the king may be aware that Esther is about to (quite literally) take him up on his promise of up to the half of his kingdom. Ahasuerus might not be the brightest king that ever lived, but even for him this would be a perfectly plausible reason for sleeplessness.1

I disagree with this line of thinking and the conclusions that come from it. The king has trusted in many foolish people but none of these events made him loose one moment of sleep. I find it hard to believe that the king, as foolish as he is, cannot sense that there is something different about Esther.

Esther has been honored by others over and over again because of her dignity and grace. She is humble, gracious, compassionate, content, discerning, kind, and wise; and no husband looses a moment of sleep because of these qualities in their wife.

  • Proverbs 31:10-12An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm all the days of her life.

  • Proverbs 31:28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

If King Ahasuerus regretted that he had promised Esther up to half the kingdom in Esther 5:2-3 then why does he say it again later that day? If he regretted having said it twice, then why does he emphasize his willingness to do it again the next day? Each time the king who initiates the request.

  • Esther 5:2-3, “And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, ‘What is it Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you, even to the half of my kingdom.

  • Esther 5:6, “And as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king said to Esther, ‘What is your wish? It shall be granted you. What is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” (Now the king asks for her wish and her request.)

  • Esther 7:2, “And on the second day, as