Esther Study Guide – Esther 5:1-14
“Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the King’s house, over against the king’s house…” (Esther 5:1)
• The third day refers to Esther 4:16 where she requested those three days (Esther 5:1).
Esther stood still in the inner court of the palace, over against the king’s house.
What did she wait for? And why? What did she come to do?
• How many persons have a sceptre? (Esther 5:2)
What is the meaning of the golden sceptre?
Who is not called may not appear before the king (Esther 4:11)? Why not?
Where sat the king? Where sat Mordecai?
What does it mean: “She obtained favour in his sight”? (Esther 5:2)
On whose behalf did she have a request?
Whose job is that?
• A promise that her request will be granted, even to the half of his kingdom (Esther 5:3) See the next study.
• What is this banquet of wine representing? (Esther 5:4)
Why was Haman invited to the banquet?
Is Satan invited to a spiritual battle that he will lose?
• Haman is commanded to do as Esther had said (Esther 5:5) Satan is commanded to do God’s bidding.
• A second time the promise that her request will be granted, even to the half of his kingdom (Esther 5:6)
What was this second banquet of wine representing?
Why is this the last one of those feast days?
• Invitation to the second banquet of wine (Esther 5:7-8)
Why did Esther say, “I will do tomorrow as the king hath said”?
Who was filled with pride? Think of Lucifer!
Is Satan now invited to another spiritual battle?
• Haman appears to have success with Esther (Esther 5:9)
Does Satan have success with the congregation? (Matthew 10:16)
Why is Haman so angry at Mordecai?
• Who do Haman’s friends represent? (Esther 5:10)
Who does his wife represent?
“His friends” is actually “His loves” or “His lovers”
Zeresh = “Gold”
• What does the glory of his riches represent? (Esther 5:11)
Who does the multitude of Haman’s children represent?
Who do the princes and servants of the king represent?
• Haman is puffed up in pride (Esther 5:12) He is blinded by his own aspirations.
• And he is blinded by his hatred of Mordecai (Esther 5:13) He cannot bear to look at Mordecai at the king’s gate.
What does the king’s gate represent?
• Haman gets ready to hang Mordecai (Esther 5:14)
What stage in history does this represent? Think of a time before the cross and before the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, for the next chapter pictures Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
What do the gallows represent? (Galatians 3:13)
It was a wooden structure, 50 cubits high, 75 feet high, for all the world to see.