Esther 5* Esther's application received. (1-8) Haman prepares to hangMordecai. (9-14)1-8 Esther having had power with God, and prevailing, likeJacob, had power with men too. He that will lose his life forGod, shall save it, or find it in a better life. The kingencouraged her. Let us from this be encouraged to pray always toour God, and not to faint. Esther came to a proud, imperiousman; but we come to the God of love and grace. She was notcalled, but we are; the Spirit says, Come, and the Bride says,Come. She had a law against her, we have a promise, many apromise, in favour of us; Ask, and it shall be given you. Shehad no friend to go with her, or to plead for her; on thecontrary, he that was then the king's favourite, was her enemy;but we have an Advocate with the Father, in whom he is wellpleased. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.God put it into Esther's heart to delay her petition a daylonger; she knew not, but God did, what was to happen in thatvery night. 9-14 This account of Haman is a comment upon #Pr 21:24|.Self-admirers and self-flatterers are really self-deceivers.Haman, the higher he is lifted up, the more impatient he is ofcontempt, and the more enraged at it. The affront from Mordecaispoiled all. A slight affront, which a humble man would scarcelynotice, will torment a proud man, even to madness, and will marall his comforts. Those disposed to be uneasy, will never wantsomething to be uneasy at. Such are proud men; though they havemuch to their mind, if they have not all to their mind, it is asnothing to them. Many call the proud happy, who display pomp andmake a show; but this is a mistaken thought. Many poor cottagersfeel far less uneasiness than the rich, with all their fanciedadvantages around them. The man who knows not Christ, is poorthough he be rich, because he is utterly destitute of that whichalone is true riches
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