HAMAN’S PLAN BACKFIRES
Esther 5:1-7:10 Key Verse: 7:3
“Then Queen Esther answered, ‘If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.’”
1. What risk was Esther taking by coming into King Xerxes’ inner court? (4:11, 5:1) How had she gained the courage to do this? (4:16, 5:1a)
2. What was Xerxes’ response to Esther, and how does this illustrate the reward of faith (5:2-3)? Why do you think Esther asked the king and Haman to one banquet and then another, instead of bringing up the issue of Haman’s plot immediately (5:4-8)?
3. Why could Haman find no satisfaction even though he was so wealthy and highly honored (5:9-13)? What did his family members suggest that made him feel better (5:14)? What does this teach about humans’ sinful nature?
4. How did God intervene in a small but significant way (6:1-3)? How was Haman’s own glory-seeking used against him (6:4-11)? What does this event teach about how true and lasting honor can be obtained? How did Haman’s family members interpret this event (6:12-14)?
5. What are some characteristics of Esther’s plea to King Xerxes (7:1-4)? How does her description of Haman reveal his true nature (7:5-6)? What was Xerxes’ reaction (7:7-8)? What instrument was used to execute Haman (7:9-10)? What does this reveal about God’s justice?
6. Why was Esther the right person to be used for God’s work in this situation? How quickly can God turn someone’s fortune around? What type of faith should this give us?