Esther 7:1 & 2a

"So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther, and as they were drinking wine on that second day, the king again asked, 'Queen Esther, what is your petition?" NIV translation

We open with the king and Haman dining with the queen for the second day in a row. Once again, the king asked the queen what was on her mind and what he could do for her.

Esther 7:2b

"'It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.'" NIV translation

Esther had been hesitant to ask the king and so he asks again and reassures her that her request will be granted. You see, the king loved the queen and offered to give her everything. She already owned half of the kingdom because of her position as queen. Now, the king was willing to grant the other half to her. This speaks to how much the king loved the queen and is a picture of God's love for us. Because of our position as His children, through Jesus Christ, He wants to grant our requests just as the king wanted to fulfill the queen's request.

Esther 7:3 & 4a

"Then Queen Esther answered, 'If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life - this is my petition. And spare my people - this is my request. For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation." NIV translation

The queen finally gets down to it and asks for her life and the lives of her people. Imagine the shock of the king in hearing this because he still has no idea that she is a Jew. The king was the only one that could pronounce a sentence of death and here it seems that someone else has done this to the woman he loves.