This is a good week to read the book of Esther. Purim, the celebration spoken of in the book, is celebrated on the Jewish calendar of Adar 14; Friday, February 26, in 2021 (beginning at sundown Thursday, through sundown Friday).
Today, my wife Teresa joins with some of her thoughts on Esther.
“I was thinking to share how / why Esther was ‘so scared of this king.’ Italicized below is a quote from Avner Boskey’s article (read the full article at: https://davidstent.org/the-feast-of-esther-anger-conspiracy-fear-and-rescue/), and I’m sharing the key scripture point in a nutshell from Esther 4:10-11 – as she knew the approaching of the king without the extension of his golden scepter by law would mean the loss of life, yes, put to death.
“Esther 4:10-11, ‘Mordecai was outside the temple in sackcloth and ashes mourning the decree that Haman secured from the king to annihilate the Jews, but he sent word through one of Esther’s attendants to approach the king and beg his favor, pleading on behalf of her people. Esther sent word back to Mordecai her grave concern that anyone who approaches the king in the inner courtyard without being summoned – “he has one law, that the people be put to death, unless the king extends his golden scepter permitting him(her) to live.”’
“So Esther was rightly afraid of this commission to approach the king. It is after her statement of concern that Mordecai tells her ‘For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place – but you and your father’s house will perish. Who knows whether you have attained royal status for such a time as this?’
“[Avner Boskey:] ‘There was good reason for Esther to fear. Her royal predecessor had been summarily dumped, and Esther only became queen through winning a fickle “Miss Persia” beauty contest. The Jewish people were not native to Persia, having been exiled to Iran as Babylonian prisoners of war barely 100 years previous. There was good reason for Mordechai to forbid Esther from revealing her Jewish identity. Haman’s genocidal conspiracy plans leave no doubt about that.’”
[Marc] Esther is an unusual Biblical book in the fact that there is no mention of God in the book, but His working is evident throughout.
Many may not realize that Esther can be seen as a picture of end times. Esther represents the nation of Israel; Mordechai represents Yeshua; the King (or at least the power of the throne) represents God the Father. The evil Haman represents the evil satan. (Mordecai, the common English spelling, is per the Hebrew pronounced as Mor-deh-khi, NOT Mor-deh-kay-eye.)
As events transpired in the book of Esther, we see that she was “the chosen one.” Vashti represents the other nations, who chose to be disobedient to the King, and thus were cast out – seen in the flood of Noah’s day, and also in the separation of sheep and goats in Matthew 25. There came a day for Mordecai to be honored by the evil Haman, under the order of the King.
As the defeated Haman paraded Mordecai through the streets, satan will one day be defeated, and will “parade” Yeshua through the streets, proclaiming He is the righteous one – every knee will bow. The end result of this “parading” served to ultimately exalt the power of the King; Yeshua, if you recall from the Gospels, constantly exalts the Father. But on the flip of the coin, the Father constantly honors Yeshua. The Father orders Haman/satan to honor Mordechai/Yeshua. Haman was eventually “crushed” by the King by being hung on his own gallows intended for Mordechai; satan will eventually be “crushed” by the Father, the God of peace, under our feet; hung, as it were, on the gallows of his own pride, which he had hoped to pass on to Yeshua at the testing in the wilderness.
Thus, as believers, we are now “in the wilderness [to] prepare the way of the Lord.” Esther prepared herself “in the wilderness” in order to enter the throne room of the King at the appropriate time; Yeshua prepared Himself “in the wilderness,” preparing His earthly body to be fully Holy Spirit filled in order to resurrect back to the throne room of Heaven at the appropriate time. Israel has been preparing herself “in the wilderness” for a long time, but her day is coming when she will at last see the King in His glory. When Israel, in large number, cries out “Baruch haba b’shem ADONAI; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD,” then will the stage be set for the return of Yeshua to claim His bride.
I encourage you to read the book of Esther, and live as Esther, live as Mordecai. Live in a manner as if preparing to enter the throne room.
Esther was a young girl when called to prepare to see the King. Here’s a song we did a few years back imagining what a young Esther may have gone through at that time.
Thanks for reading, be blessed
Marc (& Teresa)