You can’t help but be impressed with Esther’s cunning. She put everything at risk. She could have been sentenced to death just by being in the king’s court without being invited. But, she took the risk – and it paid off.
The king invited her in and, moreover, promised her anything she desired, up to half the kingdom. Was he taken with her or what?
Her only request? That he and Haman come to a banquet she has prepared. They came and the king asked her what her request was. She asked them to a similar banquet tomorrow. We know what her motives were, but how clever was her method.
Meanwhile, Haman goes home bragging about his wealth and fame. He boasted to his wife about how Queen Esther invited him to a banquet with her and the king – and again to another banquet tomorrow. The only thing that bothered him was that Mordy wouldn’t bow down to him. Haman’s wife, Zeresh, suggested they build a gallows for Haman that stood 75 feet high! This delighted Haman, so he had them build it right away.
This chapter is the setup for tomorrow’s chapter. Wait til you hear what happens…