Women in the
Bible
Women in the Bible
Lesson Fourteen: by turtle

Chapter five is an interesting story. It is about Esther going before the king despite the fact
she was not invited. Now it may sound odd that one could not speak to their husband
freely. In fact it may sound odd that one can not speak to their husband without
permission. For today women often speak up and out on everything to their husbands. It is
hard to imagine the royal life in the day of Queen Esther. Often looking at England’s
royal history and how king George the eighth treated his wives makes Esther husband look
like a saint, but the truth is women did not have the freedom in some societies that we in
America enjoy. In fact in some culture women are sometimes still treated like
cattle/property. Often terms used to describe one culture or another is different. Some see it
has protecting their women. And in some cases it is just that a form of protection. When it
is not protection is when there is abuse of one’s authority.

In this story Queen Esther is well liked by the king. In fact I want to believe she was well
liked by him. In fact so well liked that when he seen her in the court he was pleased she had
come. Yet with tradition Esther would still need to show respect by bowing to the king and
waiting for him to hold out his scepter.

Esther 5:1-2 KJV
(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 scepter that was in
his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the scepter.

Now with much clarity when the king would hold out his scepter in favor he often would see
what brought a person to him. And his wife was no exception in this matter. He was curious
of what he could do for her, since she had come at a time that was forbidden. See when a
king went into solitude, one could not go into his presents. Esther actually was forbidden to
do so, but she went and found favor. It was emergency at hand. Her life and the life of her
people were being threatened. So now the king is requesting what he could do for her.

Esther 5:3-6 KJV
(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 kingdom.
(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 Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
(6)  And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall
be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be
performed.

Instead of Esther just telling the king what was on her mind, she went about buttering him
up. I do not know a man alive that does not like to be buttered up. It is part of the chase as
well as the courtship of husband and wives. It is the part that keeps marriages interesting.
Yet this time Esther did truly have alternative motive and that was to protect her people. So
she invited her enemy to the feast as well as her husband. Her husband was delighted to
attend the feast. And Haman was even more delighted that the queen had invited him that
he went and told his family. In fact he was so delighted that he decided that he would
request to have Mordecai hung. He figured he would be able to make the request at the
feast and had his family make the gallows for Mordecai to hang on. An old saying for
Hamaan would do not count your chickens before they hatch, yet Haman was determined
to hurt Mordecai, just because he would not bow to him.

Esther 5:7-14 KJV
(7)  Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is;
(8)  If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my
petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I
shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king hath said.
(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.
(10)  Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for
his friends, and Zeresh his wife.
(11)  And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and
all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the
princes and servants of the king.
(12)  Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king
unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her
also with the king.
(13)  Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's
gate.
(14)  Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty
cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged
thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased
Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.

Now like all good tales the plot thickens. God in his infinite wisdom is always in charge and
we best not forget it. It appears that Mordecai is to meet his doom. Will God deliver. Well I
could continue the story today, but I am not. Reason being like any good story sometimes
one has to let the reality of it sink in. The fact that people often do plot against God’s
people. The devil loves to take aim at the saints. Today that still goes on, but one must
remember despite their circumstance God is in control. Christ will have the victory in our
lives no matter what happens, but to prove the point I am going to allow the study to
continue into the next few weeks chapter by chapter. See one can not even began to grasp
this was not done in just a few hours back then. It was done over a period of time. Just like
trials in our own life. Our problems are often not solve overnight. And so the story will
precede next week.