by Martin Cisneros
I've chosen to name this message after Esther 3:12-15, Esther 8:8-14, Zephaniah 3, Zechariah 10:3-5 with Esther 9:3, and Colossians 2:14-15. It's nearly Purim time. Hope you've already started looking at the book of Esther with some regularity. Tweeted about it a moment ago on Twitter. Don't know if these notes will encourage a greater look at the book of Esther:
- For any #GospelPreachers that need a flavorful hint thrown your way on WHY to make much of #Purim. ...next tweet
- #Purim is spoken of: Isaiah 25:3-9, Micah 5:7-9, Zephaniah 3, Zechariah 10:3-5, Colossians 2:14-15
- It's the repeal of the death penalty, obviously, ties into 1Cor 15:26
- #Purim closes the Biblically Apocalyptic calendar that began with Nisan/Passover, Esther 9:27 ties it into NT doctrine.
- #GospelPreachers simply don't make mistake Israel makes on celebrating Purim only 1 day.Feast is PurIM not Pur; they RELIVE, we LOOK FORWARD
- St. Paul's address of drunkenness at Lord's table is related to #Purim when Rabbis ENCOURAGE being too drunk
- Rabbis ENCOURAGE being too drunk to know difference between "Cursed be Haman, Blessed be Mordecai" in Hebrew
- That's what St. Paul was addressing w/Church in 1Corinthians 11 and Ephesians 5 – carry over from Judaism on when it was OK to get drunk...
Unfortunately, I'm the only one that I'm aware of that's said the above. Messianic Jews usually fall into the same trap of regular Jewish people of making Esther about Jewish/Israeli Nationalism, Antisemitism, and all the evils that would have befallen world history had the Jewish people been exterminated, and never get into any of the real meat of the book of Esther.
On Colossians 2:14-15, the handwriting of requirements that was against us that's taken away by the Cross was the various versions of Haman's decree against us, spiritually and politically, economically, and anywhere else we might encounter a Haman. Lord Jesus disarmed principalities and powers, making a public spectacle of them – just as happened in Esther chapters 8 and 9. Per Ephesians chapters 2 and 3, Galatians chapters 3 and 4, half of Hebrews, Romans about being grafted into Israel, statements in Acts, and elsewhere, Esther 9:27 puts upon us celebrating Purim 48hrs/yr every year if and only if we're doers of the Word and not hearers only. But 'cause we've not been studious enough to know it was foretold by the prophets (couple of references above in my tweets I've copy/pasted above) that this incident would happen and this feast would come out of it, and we've not understood how it's tied into our New Testament, then obviously we've dropped the ball on this one. I don't believe St. Paul's comments about the Feasts related to the Law being not required for us today are comments that fit with Esther and the feast of Purim that emerges from that scenario. It's not related to things fulfilled in Christ's 1st coming, other than His having announced His being the Son of God for the 1st time at Purim [link]. The translatable message from Esther/Purim to our day is an overcoming Body of Christ that triumphs over all opposition, including economically and politically, and though that's more Postmillennialist than many Premillennialists are able to deal with, at the same time there's usually just enough Postmillennialist perspective among Premillennialists who have some level of discipleship in the Word of Faith message for the Church Triumphant message in Esther to be readily appreciated, absorbed, preached, and meditated upon.
A common and very poorly thought out argument that's very common among people who wish to accuse Mordecai and Esther of a lack of faith is to say that they had the Words from Isaiah about Cyrus and that they should have gone back to Jerusalem, if they'd been in faith, though it worked out in the end... I've yet to see the evidence brought forth by these people that the book of Isaiah was already accepted as Scripture at that time and that it was widely available even if it had gained quite a bit of acceptance among some Jewish people by that time period! Many assumptions are made about the contents of Isaiah and the timing of the availability of the book of Isaiah across Judaism that I've never seen a shred of evidence to support! I'm not disputing when the book of Isaiah claims to have been written, but the timing of it's acceptance in Judaism and it's availability to Mordecai and Esther. However, I can find Purim mentioned in the book of Isaiah in the Scripture I mentioned above. How would the Scriptures prophesying Purim have been fulfilled if Mordecai and Esther had been doing their own thing based upon opinion polls among the Jewish people regarding what they were doing? If it were proven by some other book of the Bible that Isaiah's prophesies were held in proper esteem a generation or two prior to the events of the book of Esther, by a growing number of Jewish people, that still doesn't prove ready availability of Isaiah's prophesies to Mordecai and Esther.
Additionally, Zephaniah 3 closes with making what happened with Esther and Mordecai indispensible to what Cyrus had said about Jewish people going back to the land of Judea/Jerusalem. Quickly: verse 1 is about Shushan, verse 2 is about the Jewish people before the crisis of Haman, verse 3 is Haman and his 10 sons, verse 5 is the King's discovery of Mordecai's unrewarded deed as well as Haman's shamelessly walking into the King's presence intending on requesting Mordecai be hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai and then shamelessly going on and on about the reward of the King that he PRESUMED was for himself when the King was looking for ideas on how to reward someone, verses 8 and 9 make Purim the restoration of a pure language for the 127 Provinces that made up the Old Covenant world as well as the restoration of a pure language for our day through Christ. God's rising up for plunder was with the conversion of many of the Gentiles who became Jewish people at that time, verse 18 is about Adar 13 and 14 in the book of Esther during which the Jewish people fought per Haman's appointed assembly against the Jewish people, and essentially the chapter makes Purim the singing of our Lord and the results of the singing of our Lord, verses 19 and 20 are God dealing with all who would have afflicted them with Haman's decree.
Haman's plot in the 3rd chapter of Esther began during the same month as the month of Passover, which is part of what made him Numbers 14:9 bread for the Jewish people. It's an interesting figure that Haman wanted from the Persian treasury in Esther 3:9-11: ten thousand talents of silver. No corresponding amount is mentioned when Haman's plot was returned on his own head, in Esther 9:25, because many of these Jewish people were the descendants of David who had killed his ten thousands and they were assured, from heaven's perspective, of having the sure mercies of David in Isaiah 55:3 and Isaiah 59:21 – whether or not they had ready access to the prophesies of Isaiah, or whether only some of them did. They didn't need government subsidization of their survival in the presence of their enemies. They already had the 23rd Psalm! 10 sons of Haman were also killed in Esther 9:5-14. Whether their names and the order of their names mean anything in particular, I'll leave those details to others who currently have the resources to track down a meaning of their names that are given in Esther 9. Perhaps they were the equivalent of the 10 spies who brought back to Israel an evil report in the book of Numbers chapters 13 and 14. They're the number of commandments written on stone that 2Corinthians 3 calls the ministry of condemnation. I know that Esther 5:1 will give you an enormous amount to meditate on, that on the 3rd day Esther put on her royal robes. Purim and Good Friday both have associations with the casting of Lots and if we counted the Divine calendar of Nisan thru Adar, then we could liken Easter as happening in January and Purim being in December, though from our calendar they're both in the early Spring, time of the latter rain period of the year. God wanted the casting of lots fresh in the minds of His Jewish people, going into the New Year, right as Jesus was being crucified and the wicked plot of the Devil was being turned back on his own head.
Would Haman have sown the government's 10,000 silver talents if he'd known it would result in the death of his own children in a very gruesome way? That's a harvest we've got to pray our government never sows for, in the Name of Jesus! They've only minimally, indirectly gone in that direction through their own fiscal, secular clumsiness and spiritual relativity that they've been blinded with since the early 20th Century. Their votes for various matters, whether it's their systematized opposition to, or at least neglect of, widows, orphans, seniors, immigrants, the disabled, the hungry, the poor of mind and broken of spirit, or any number of other things that many in the Body of Christ would object to have only been in the direction of the King of Persia's 180 days of government drunkenness that's all strictly voluntary. Though some may disagree, and obviously times might change since this was written: in the United States, we've not seen an actual decree of Haman thus far, only spiritual, economic, and other types of wrecklessness where the whole government has been drinking and driving. The proposed solution of many political groups and voters, in the United States, has been to send the US government modern versions of Bigthan and Teresh, (Esther 2:21-23,) doorkeepers, who want to stop things in their tracks!