Esther 6:4-11; The Honour Conferred on Mordecai; Haman is so impatient to get Mordecai hanged that he comes to court early; The king is so impatient to have Mordecai honoured; Note, It is a good property in kings, and other superiors, to delight in bestowing rewards and not to delight in punishing; Parents and masters should take a pleasure in commending and encouraging that which is good in those under their charge; Solomon says, The heart of the king is unsearchable [Prov. 25:3], but it is not unchangeable. B.C. 510

The Honour Conferred on Mordecai. B. C. 510. Esther 6:4-11 4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.   5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.   6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What Continue Reading

Esther 6:1-3; The Record of Mordecai’s Loyalty; On that night could not the king sleep; Providence had a design to serve in keeping him waking; He called to have the book of records, the Journals of his reign; Humility, modesty, and self-denial, though in God’s account of great price, yet commonly hinder men’s preferment in the world; The greatest merits and the best services are often overlooked and go unrewarded among men; Little honour is done to those who best deserve it, and fittest for it, and would do most good with it; Those that faithfully serve God need not fear being thus ill paid. B.C. 510

E S T H E R CHAPTER 6 It is a very surprising scene that opens in this chapter. Haman, when he hoped to be Mordecai's judge, was made his page, to his great confusion and mortification; and thus way was made for the defeat of Haman's plot and the deliverance of the Jews. I. The providence of God recommends Mordecai in the night to the king's favour, ver. 1-3. II. Haman, who came to incense the king against him, is employed as an Continue Reading

Esther 5:9-14; Haman’s Joy and Chagrin; Haman’s Mediated Revenge; Note, Self-admirers and self-flatterers are really self-deceivers; What magnifying glasses do proud men look at their faces in! And how does the pride of their heart deceive them! [Obad. 3]; The gallows built before Haman’s door, that all men might take notice and that he might feed his eyes with the sight. B.C. 510

Haman's Joy and Chagrin; Haman's Mediated Revenge. B. C. 510. Esther 5:9-14 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 Continue Reading

Esther 5:1-8; Esther’s Approach to the King; Esther’s Three Day Fast completed; The king and the golden sceptre; “What wilt thou thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be given thee to the half of the kingdom”; Note, God in His providence often prevents the fears, and outdoes the hopes of His people, especially when they venture in His cause. B.C. 510

E S T H E R CHAPTER 5 The last news we had of Haman left him in his cups, ch. iii. 15. Our last news of queen Esther left her in tears, fasting and praying. Now this chapter brings in, I. Esther in her joys, smiled upon by the king and honoured with his company at her banquet of wine, ver. 1-8. II. Haman upon the fret, because he had not Mordecai's cap and knee, and with great indignation setting up a gallows for him, ver. 9-14. Thus Continue Reading

Esther 4:5-17; Mordecai’s Application to Esther; Esther Urged to Petition the King; Esther Resolves to Petition the King; “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time…and who knoweth whether thou art come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?”; It is not thus in the court of the King of kings; to the footstool of His throne of grace we may at any time come boldly, and may be sure of an answer of peace to the prayer of faith; We are welcome, not only into the inner court, but even into the Holiest, through the blood of Jesus. B.C. 510

Mordecai's Application to Esther; Esther Urged to Petition the King; Esther Resolves to Petition the King. B. C. 510. Esther 4:5-17 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was. 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate.   7 And Continue Reading

Esther 4:1-4; Great Mourning among the Jews; The Jew’s friends lay to heart the danger and lament it; Mordecai, being able to appeal to God that what he did he did from a principle of conscience, he could with comfort commit his own cause and that of his people to Him that judgeth righteously; God will keep those that are exposed by the tenderness of their consciences. B.C. 510

E S T H E R CHAPTER 4 We left God's Isaac bound upon the altar and ready to be sacrificed, and the enemies triumphing in the prospect of it; but things here begin to work towards a deliverance, and they begin at the right end. I. The Jews' friends lay to heart the danger and lament it, ver. 1-4. II. Matters are concerted between Mordecai and Esther for the preventing of it. 1. Esther enquires into this case, and receives a particular Continue Reading

Esther 3:7-15; Haman Obtains Leave to Slay the Jews; He makes a false and malicious representation of Jews, and their character, to the king; The enemies of God’s people could not give them such bad treatment as they do if they did not first give them a bad name; Miserable is the kingdom that is at the disposal of such a head as this, which has one ear only, and a nose to be led by, but neither eyes nor brains, nor scarcely a tongue of its own; Thus have the Church’s enemies thirsted after blood, the blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus, and drunk of it till they have been perfectly intoxicated [Rev. 17:6]. B.C. 510

Haman Obtains Leave to Slay the Jews. B. C. 510. Esther 3:7-15 7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.   8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of Continue Reading

Esther 3:1-6; Haman’s Malignant Proposal; A very black and mournful scene here opens, and which threatens the ruin of all the people of God; Were there not some such dark nights, the light of the morning would not be so welcome; Haman is made the king’s favourite; Mordecai refuses to give Haman the honour he demands; Though religion does by no means destroy good manners, but teaches us to render honour to whom honour is due, yet it is the character of a citizen of Zion that not only in his heart, but in his eyes, such a vile person as Haman was is contemned, Ps. 15:4; Let those who are governed by principles of conscience be steady and resolute, however censured or threatened, as Mordecai was. B.C. 510

E S T H E R CHAPTER 3 A very black and mournful scene here opens, and which threatens the ruin of all the people of God. Were there not some such dark nights, the light of the morning would not be so welcome. I. Haman is made the king's favourite, ver. 1. II. Mordecai refuses to give him the honour he demands, ver. 2-4. III. Haman, for his sake, vows to be revenged upon all the Jews, ver. 5, 6. IV. He, upon a malicious suggestion, Continue Reading

Esther 2:21-23; Mordecai’s Discovery of a Plot; A design was laid against the king by two of his own servants; Who would be great, to be so much the object of envy?; Who would be arbitrary, to be so much the object of ill-will?; Princes, above any mortals, have their souls continually in their hands, and often go down slain to the pit, especially those who caused terror in the land of the living; This ought to be a warning against all traitorous and seditious practices: though men presume upon secrecy, a bird of the air shall carry the voice; Mordecai was not rewarded presently, but a book of remembrance was written; Thus with respect to those who serve Christ, though their recompence is adjouned till the resurrection of the just, yet an account is kept of their work of faith and labour of love, which God is not unrighteous to forget, [Heb. 6:10]. B.C. 510

Mordecai's Discovery of a Plot. B. C. 510. 21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.   22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name.   23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, Continue Reading

Esther 2:1-20; Esther’s Advancement; Esther Chosen Queen; How God put down one that was high and mighty from her seat we read in the chapter before, and are now to be told how He exalted one of low degree; Vashti being humbled for her height, Esther is advanced for her humility; Let God be acknowledged in raising up friends for the fatherless and motherless; Those that make sure of God’s favour shall find favour with man too as far as it is good for them; It is a great ornament to those that are advanced, and much to their praise, to remember their benefactors. B.C. 514

E S T H E R CHAPTER 2 Two things are recorded in this chapter, which were working towards the deliverance of the Jews from Haman's conspiracy:-- I. The advancement of Esther to be queen instead of Vashti. Many others were candidates for the honour (ver. 1-4); but Esther, an orphan, a captive-Jewess (ver. 5-7), recommended herself to the king's chamberlain first (ver. 8-11) and then to the king (ver. 12-17), who made her queen, ver. Continue Reading