Focus Verse: When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” (6)
It seems to me that Haman had a rather haughty, narcissistic personality. He was excessively concerned about himself. He constantly thought that everyone else was thinking about him too. Scripture warns us that when we exalt ourselves, we will be humbled. Only when we humble ourselves before God and others will we be exalted.
Focus Verse: Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. (6)
When the moment arrived for Esther to do what God created her to do, she did it. She did not shrink back or falter. With her enemy sitting right there at the table, eating and drinking from the banquet she had prepared, Esther spoke up for her people. She spoke up for God’s people. As a result of her courage, faith, and obedience, they were saved from annihilation.
Focus Verse: Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews. (3)
Esther followed through with the purpose for which God had created her. She did not just see the end of Haman. She also made sure that the evil plan Haman had devised was ended.
Focus Verse: Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (13)
The deeds of those who are followers of Christ will live on even after they are dead and gone from this earth. C. T. Studd said it right: “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Things done for Christ are not done in vain.