Est. 8:5

Esther 8:5 Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king.

Having been called upon to speak (8:4), Queen Esther stood up from before the king’s feet (cf. 8:3) and presented her case. Here is how she began:

Notice that she placed herself entirely in submission to the king and his decision. Though Haman’s house was now within her jurisdiction (8:1-2), the ramifications of Haman’s edict involved every province within the entire Persian empire – thus leaving it up to the authority of the king. Yes, Esther pleaded her case, but she sought the profit of her husband, king, government, city, and empire as well.

So, knowing that Mordecai now possessed the ring of power, she asked the king humbly if he would allow letters to be written and sent throughout the kingdom which would revoke Haman’s edict to annihilate the Jews. Also, the reason that Haman was addressed as the Agagite acts as a reminder of the historical conflict that was finally coming to an end (cf. 1 Sam. 15:1-35).

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