The Prophetic Book of Esther
Esther and Exodus 17:8-16Exodus 17:8-16
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. Joshua: called Jesus 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: Jehovahnissi: that is, The LORD my banner 16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. Because...: or, Because the hand of Amalek is against the throne of the LORD, therefore, etc the LORD hath...: Heb. the hand upon the throne of the LORD
As the historical account of “Purim” (meaning “Lots”) unfolds in the Book of Esther, we find Queen Esther entering the throne room of King Aha’sue’rus to plead for the survival of her people. Filled with a courageous spirit (after a three day fast), Esther knows that this could be her last day if the King does not extend his golden scepter toward her.
The Book of Esther is a beautiful story of intrigue and romance that has captivated the hearts and minds of readers for centuries. Since the name of God is not found in the entire story, (as some say) scholars have repeatedly asked the question, “Why is the Book of Esther included in the Bible?” Certainly it recounts significant events in the history of Israel, however, Jewish history is filled with important events and gripping stories that are not included in the Bible. What messages in this story lend support to its inclusion in the Scriptures? What mysteries within its passages make Esther a lasting foundation for study year after year?
The Book of Esther holds a deeper explanation of the historic events and their prophetic parallels. The “crimson cord” of God’s teaching is woven from the Torah through Proverbs, and into the Book of Revelation. The Hebrew words themselves reveal specific life-changing instructions found in the Book of Esther.
The Hebrew root word for “beauty preparations” (maraq) means to sharpen one’s focus. In other words, Esther’s training did not consist of trips to the local cosmetic counter or acquiring the latest fashions. She was entrusted to the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch (caryic) – a “minister” or “state officer” (not a surgically altered male). Esther spent her year of “beauty preparations” under the instruction of a master teacher – one with the knowledge and understanding to mentor at the highest level. Esther completed the yearly cycle of the Biblical Feasts and these, along with Hegai prepared her to accept the responsibilities of the Kingdom, and instilled in her the attributes of a queen.
“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.
If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30: 1-6Deuteronomy 30: 1-6
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
30 1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. 6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
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The crimson cord found in the Book of Esther begins in Deuteronomy and Moses’ prophecy of the scattering and re-gathering of Israel in the last days. This message probes the wisdom of King Solomon in the Proverbs and identifies the process and attributes of one who is truly teachable. Esther reminds us of the importance of generosity, graciousness, and the mature character required to accept instruction from a mentor and to become a “bride made ready” at the hand of the Lord.
The Book of Esther illustrates how those who despise you, use jealousy and envy to bring deadly poison into your heart. This poison destroys friendships, divides, damages and deepens wounds, devastates marriages, and delays progress.
The story portrays Queen Vashti as a type and shadow of false gods and false teachers, calling you to come to a false feast, and the cord continues through Revelation with a powerful warning for the end of days. Queen Esther is a yearly reminder and demonstration of God’s love and favor, and our position before the King. Hegai and the cycle of Feasts prepare us, so that we, as a redeemed people walk out a redemptive lifestyle, entrusted to the Spirit in God’s teaching and instruction (Torah).