Haman Executed (Esther 7)

Scripture Text: Esther 7

1. “Make your words sweet, you may have to eat them someday” – When have you seen the truth of this proverb in your life?

2. “The king asked again” (verse 2) implies a previous inquiry. When? Where? What has led up to this dramatic banquet?

3. What does it reveal about Esther’s character?

  • self-preservation?
  • selfless loyalty?
  • sweet revenge?
  • royal respect?

4. What about Haman is “vile”? Foolish? Pitiful? Pitiless?

5. What role does Harbona play (verse 9; see chapter 1:10)?

6. While this chapter ends with Haman’s death, what issues remain unresolved?

7. If you were Esther, would you have handled the situation any differently? How so?

8. When have you stepped out in faith, as she did? What was at stake?

9. What enemy threatens you and your goals (or your church and its goals)? Prejudice? Politics? Apathy? People like Harbona?

10. What lesson does Haman’s life teach you?

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Mordecai Honored (Esther 6)

Scripture Text:

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Esther 6

1. What brings on sleep the quickest for you?

  • Hard day at work?
  • Hard day’s fun?
  • Big meal?
  • Bible reading?
  • Soft music?
  • Watching TV?

2. Ironies abound! What noise might be keeping the king awake (chapter 5:14)? What does he do when he can’t sleep?

3. What other ironies or coincidences do you see in the hidden identity? In the robe? In the friends’ counsel?

4. Where do you see the hand of God in all this? In circumstances? Hearts? Humor?

5. What do Haman’s pride and racial hatred bring him? What is the object lesson here for church leaders? For yourself?

6. What do Mordecai’s meekness and loyalty bring him? What spiritual law do you see at work here? When not recognized for a “good deed”, how do you feel? What recognition or rewards matter most to you ?

7. In your life, where do you see the “fickle finger of fate” or the “holy hand of God”? How do you know the difference?

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