|8 Now when the king returned from the palace garden into the place where they were drinking wine, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he even assault the queen with me in the house?” As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face
It says.. as the word went out the kings mouth (I’m reading this as “the accusation by the King)…”they” (the eunuchs?) covered Haman’s face
There is a custom of covering the face because it’s not worthy to see as one condemned to death. There could be no other sentence for one caught assaulting or attempting to assault the King’s property.
I don’t have much to say about this chapter as it’s pretty straight forward. Esther wasn’t “straight forward in how she brought the king to enlightenment. It took 2 different banquets! But in this Chapter she did come right out and say it.
It was interesting that she phrased it in such a passive way but that can be explained with a look back at King A’s dealings with the previous Queen who displeased him. It also can be explained by other historical documents that cite instances of how very volatile a disposition King A possessed. One instance was given about a bridge the King had had built and a storm in the ocean destroyed the bridge. So, like all rational people, King A ordered the ocean to receive 300 lashes and then had the bridge builders beheaded.
King A was a little off his rocker.
So Esther showed wisdom in how she dealt with King A.
You know in the back of my mind I have these phrases going when I think of Haman… “what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive” .. “being caught in our own snare”… “the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions” although I don’t agree with Haman’s intentions … he is almost comical in a tragic sort of way. Haman really would qualify for the Darwin awards.
He reminds me of Wile E. Coyote with Mordecai being the roadrunner. Beep Beep!
Or even, tweety and sylvester with sylvester holding tweety in his mouth as the old lady comes walking in to catch him red handed….laughs.
Sighs… some people really did stand in the wrong line when God handed out brains.
But, we have a really great story in our Bible to illustrate exactly what NOT to do.