by Harley Howard

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Esther Chapter 5 and 6 (4 of 6)
Series: The Book of Esther
Dr. Harley Howard
Esther 5-6

Esther Chapter 5

The last time we looked at Esther we saw that she had made a
decision to go before the king, even thought it was against the law
and death was the penalty, unless the king extended his scepter
and showed mercy. The decision was made because of the wise
words of Mordecai, when he told her that her prominence would not
keep her from death at the hands of Haman's decree, and if she
were silent about her role in interceding on behalf of the Jews, that
help would come from another source and that she and her family
would die anyway. He also appealed to the fact that God may have
called her to such a time as this, meaning that God placed her at
the throne at this specific time for this particular event. So she
decides to go in to see the king. (read verses 1-2).

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.

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.

Well she went before the king and she found favor in his sight.

3 Then 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

Instead of not finding favor, the king was willing to give her
whatever she wanted.

4 And 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.

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

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