| The Gallows Of Sin
1. Presenting yourself effectively
1 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther,
2 and as they were drinking wine on that second day, the king again asked, "Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted."
Here we see Queen Esther gives her second banquet to the king just to speak to him. There's a time for everything and a particular way to do things. The way we present ourselves can make a big impact on people.
How do you present yourself to others? Do others feel you're just a voice behind the Bible or someone just forcing others to come you your church? Are people drawn towards you? Do others enjoy your company? How about your home is it impressive? As in Titus 2:10 we got to make the world feel attracted to Christianity by our presentation.
2. Speaking your mind boldly
3 Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life--this is my petition. And spare my people--this is my request.
4 For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king."
5 King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, "Who is he? Where is the man who has dared to do such a thing?"
6 Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman." Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
Here we see Queen Esther lays out the truth and her heart to the king. Do we speak the truth always without holding back? Imagine if Esther didn't speak her mind, then all the Jews would be destroyed. The truth always makes a vast difference. In the church do we have the boldness to speak our hearts? May be we've attitudes in our hearts, or feelings towards our leaders. We got to speak our minds clearly and boldly.
Sometime speaking the truth hurts us or others but even then we got to speak it. Confess to your leader itself if you've been lying or holding some feelings inside, or telling half truths.
3. Digging your grave sadly
7 The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
8 Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, "Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?" As soon as the word left the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, "A gallows seventy-five feet high stands by Haman's house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king." The king said, "Hang him on it!"
10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king's fury subsided.
Haman made the gallows for Mordecai but was hung on that gallows itself. Sin always has a plan to hit back. In our lives if we aren't sober we will also be trapped.
Do you plan revenge towards others? Do you wish evil upon others? Do you rejoice at others fall? Let us be righteous by always leaving judgment to the Lord.