The Hanging of Haman

“So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.” Esther 7:30

Readers of the Bible will recognize that certain themes are found repeated many times in order that we might not miss them. The coming of Christ, for example, casts a long shadow backward into the Old Testament, and we find it promised and foreshadowed in many places. Another theme that is especially important is the coming judgment and wrath of God on sin. It is this theme we find ourselves reminded of again in our text.

There are three things here which should be especially noted:

First, see that sin, not repented of, will surely be punished. Be sure your sin will find you out. “So they hanged Haman.” He could not escape the sentence of death that was made against him. His time had come. All his scheming, all his evil plans, all his hatred of God and his people would finally be punished. So it shall be for everyone who does not repent. There is a gallows my friend with name of every person on it who has sinned without forgiveness. Be absolutely sure of this.

Second, see that this judgment came even though he did not expect it. Note that well. Haman did not expect to be judged and die. The gallows had been “prepared for Mordecai” in his mind. Not him. Not the one who thought himself the favorite of the king. Not the one with such high hopes, such good prospects, such strong resources and strength. But judged he was none the less. It came, even though he did not expect it. So it will be for many souls. They do not expect it. Do you? They do not believe it. Do you? They think themselves entirely safe. Remember, oh reader, that Haman did not expect the gallows either. He never expected to hang there himself. But hang he did.

Third, and last, note that the power behind this judgment was the king’s wrath. “Then the king’s wrath subsided.” It was wrath that brought Haman to be hanged. Not bad luck. Wrath. The king’s anger had been kindled. The king’s fury had been stirred up. Oh the danger of provoking the wrath of someone as powerful as a king. But sin has equally stirred up the wrath of God. He is the most powerful King. “The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion (Prov 19:12).” And He is angry with the wicked every day. Do not think you can escape the wrath of the living God. The Bible speaks of “the great winepress of the wrath of God.” And this wrath will not subside until it is poured out on all His enemies.

Friend, do these thoughts stir up in your heart any concerns, any fears, any desire to flee from the wrath to come? If so, flee to Jesus. You see, Christ bore the punishment of our sins upon the cross. He was hanged, as it were, on a cross that was built for us. He drank to the bitter dregs the cup of wrath which should have been poured out forever on our souls. Flee to Jesus. Kiss the Son. “Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Rom 5:9).

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