sther accuses Haman. (1-6) Haman hanged on his own gallows.
Verses 1-6: If the love of life causes earnest pleadings with those
that can only kill the body, how fervent should our prayers be
to Him, who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell! How
should we pray for the salvation of our relatives, friends, and
all around us! When we petition great men, we must be cautious
not to give them offence; even just complaints must often be
kept back. But when we approach the King of kings with
reverence, we cannot ask or expect too much. Though nothing but
wrath be our due, God is able and willing to do exceeding
abundantly, even beyond all we can ask or think.
Verses 7-10: The king was angry: those that do things with self-will,
reflect upon them afterward with self-reproach. When angry, we
should pause before we come to any resolution, and thus rule our
own spirits, and show that we are governed by reason. Those that
are most haughty and insolent when in power and prosperity,
commonly, like Haman, are the most abject and poor-spirited when
brought down. The day is coming when those that hate and
persecute God's chosen ones, would gladly be beholden to them.
The king returns yet more angry against Haman. Those about him
were ready to put his wrath into execution. How little can proud
men be sure of the interest they think they have! The enemies of
God's church have often been thus taken in their own craftiness.
The Lord is known by such judgments. Then was the king's wrath
pacified, and not till then. And who pities Haman hanged on his
own gallows? who does not rather rejoice in the Divine
righteousness displayed in the destruction his own art brought
upon him? Let the workers of iniquity tremble, turn to the Lord,
and seek pardon through the blood of Jesus.