Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
I was studying the Book of Esther and all I could think was, “Wow, there is so much compelling information packed into this book and I believe I have only started to scratch the surface!” I encourage everyone to spend a little time and read this small book.
Hitchcock’s Bible Names Dictionary says that Esther means “secret or hidden”. So you might call it, The Book of Secrets.
Many Bible commentaries mention the peculiar fact that God is never mentioned in the Book of Esther but with every twist and turn of the story, we see God’s supernatural provision for His people made clear throughout the book.
How often have we prayed for supernatural intervention in some matter that seems to be of utmost importance and our prayers fall to the ground without receiving an answer from God. At least that is what we believe at the time. However, as we advance in years and our minds wonder back over key events in our lives, we realize that God’s supernatural provision has appeared over and over again. All we can do is fall to our knees and proclaim, “He knows the end from the beginning!”
It is interesting that the two heroes of the Book are Mordecai, and of course the namesake of the Book, Esther (Secret), they both happen to be from the tribe of Benjamin. Also, very remarkable is the fact that their grandfather’s name was Shimei. Their great grandfather’s name was Kish. The father of Saul, the first king of Israel, was also called Kish.
There was another Benjamite named Shimei in the Bible, who cursed and threw stones at King David as he fled from his son Absalom. Could Esther and Mordecai have been this Shimei’s descendant’s?
2Sa 16:9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
It reminds us of the remarkable difference between how King David and how Haman, the villain in the story of Esther, handle their authority. David is meek, humble, and long suffering, and what a Christ like reply he makes to Abishai’s angry request.
2Sa 16:11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.
2Sa 16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
What a stark contrast to Haman, who decides to kill every Jew in the Persian Empire simply because one Jew refused to bow down to him. Or could there be something more sinister behind Haman’s genocidal impulse? We see in the story that Haman was an Agagite! Many Bible commentaries mention the fact that Haman probably was a descendant of Agag, the King of the Amalekites.
1Sa 15:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
1Sa 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
God determined hundreds of years before Esther was born that the Amalekites should be exterminated. Many people point to this command from God in the Old Testament and come to the conclusion that God is angry, unmerciful, and just plain blood thirsty. I have a different perspective. All through the Old Testament, we notice the Amalekites persecuting and killing the people of Israel every chance they get. I believe the Amalekites were demonically inspired to destroy Israel.
If you read my FREE book, Speak, Hear, and Believe, I go into more depth concerning this subject. If a people communicate and interact with demonic spirits for generation after generation, eventually their sin becomes so ripe that there is no hope for their deliverance…even their domestic animals come under demonic influence. Therefore, you should be very careful before you take in any stray animals…or people!
All through the Bible, seemingly unimportant people are plucked from obscurity and placed directly into a position of power and influence. Our hero Esther is just such a person and I believe she is a “type” of the last days Church. I believe in the near future a group of people will also be plucked from obscurity and they will also be placed in physical and spiritual positions of power (dunamis) and influence (exousia). In the Bible, they are called the “bride of Christ” or the “sons of God”.
POWER: G1411, dunamis, doo'-nam-is
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
AUTHORITY: G1849, exousia, ex-oo-see'-ah
From G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: - authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.
You may ask, “Aren’t ALL Christians the bride of Christ?”
I do not think so, and I will explain why. First of all, I believe that ALL Christians have the POTENTIAL to become the bride of Christ, but not all Christians will be ready when the time comes.
First, we see that Esther must go through a time of preparation before she can become the bride of king Ahasuerus.
Est 2:12 Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;)
Oil of myrrh and sweet odours? Does that remind you of another story you may have heard of before, probably around the time of Christmas?
It is interesting how and why myrrh is harvested. The myrrh tree is wounded repeatedly and it bleeds a resin that eventually hardens and becomes the gum called myrrh. Myrrh oil is what the Bible refers to as the Balm of Gilead and was used by the ancients to heal wounds. Who was wounded for our transgressions? Who is the Balm of Gilead? What is the sweet savour that must be applied to our lives in order to prepare us for the bridegroom. It is Jesus Christ himself who must be applied to our lives by the Holy Spirit.
Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
It appears that the virgins who were presented to king Ahasuerus were allowed to dress in any apparel and jewelry they wished but Esther simply left her appearance to the judgment of Hegai, the king’s chamberlain.
Est 2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
Hitchcock’s Bible Names Dictionary says that Hegai means “meditation; word; groaning; separation”.
I believe Hegai was a “type” of the Holy Spirit. When we spend time MEDITATING on God’s WORD and praying in the spirit, we are SEPARATED unto God…we are sanctified by the Holy Spirit. We are being prepared to meet the KING!
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Also, I find it interesting that Esther is wed to king Ahasuerus in the seventh (7th) year of his reign and Haman decides to kill all the Jews in Persia on the twelfth (12th) month of the twelfth (12th) year of king Ahasuerus’ reign. Therefore, Esther was in a marriage relationship with the king several years before Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews is formulated. She was placed in a perfect position to intercede with the king.
Is Haman a “type” of antichrist? I believe there are several similarities.
- Haman, a wicked and prideful man, who determines to make war on the Jews and exterminate them. The antichrist, a wicked and prideful man, who determines to make war on the saints and exterminate them.
- Haman is the father of ten (10) sons, who are later destroyed by king Ahasuerus. The antichrist is a ruler given authority by ten (10) kings for a short time.
- Haman’s greatest desire is to be in king Ahasuerus’ position and to receive adoration. The antichrist’s greatest desire is to be in God’s position and to receive worship.
Therefore, if future events play out in a similar fashion as the events in the Book of Esther, then the marriage of the lamb will occur BEFORE the arrival of the antichrist.
Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
It appears to me that the main theme of the Book of Esther is for the bride (virgin/Christian) to allow God to prepare her to meet the bridegroom. That preparation consists of patiently allowing the Holy Spirit to apply the character of Jesus Christ to her life, and being ready to intercede for others, although it may eventually cost her everything, even her life.
We need to ask ourselves, “Am I willing to pay the price to be the Bride of Christ?”