Est. 7:6

Esther 7:6 And Esther said, “A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.

Just when Haman was probably thinking his day could not get any worse after being forced to exalt Mordecai in front of everyone earlier that day (6:10-13), Queen Esther had officially called him out and revealed his plot to exterminate the Jewish people. And the way she did this was clever: (1) She waited to point blame until she knew she had both the king’s attention and understanding, (2) she associated herself with the people to be slaughtered which insinuated an attack on the king’s household, (3) she used trigger words [i.e. destroyed, killed, annihilated, foe, and enemy], (4) she honored the king’s authority and submitted to his decision regardless of the outcome, and (5) she obviously expressed her emotions at this point.

At the exact moment when Queen Esther said his name, those who were present could have probably heard a pin drop. Why was Haman so terrified? Because Queen Esther had brought a serious charge against him…and it was true.

Up until this day Haman had received almost everything he had ever wanted (cf. 5:11-12). Things were going well for him and only getting better. This truly was his best life now. However, what is clear throughout the Bible is the overarching truth that wickedness will not reign forever.

The Psalmist, praying to the LORD, said of the wicked in Psalm 73:18-19, “Truly You set them in slippery places; You make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!”

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