Posted November 7, 2008
We turn out attention again this week to the
Book of Esther. This is the only book in the Bible where God’s name
is never mentioned. We found in our previous study that this is an
allegorical story. It is a story in which each character is a
symbol or type of a greater thought and they are used to tell a
story that teaches truth. The four characters introduced thus far
are King Ahasuerus, (a picture of the god of this world), Queen
Vashti, (our old nature), Esther, (picture of the new nature), and
Mordecai (a picture of faith).
In our last study we looked at ‘The
Beauty Of Providence’. We came to the conclusion through this
study of this definition of providence which is ‘It is the unseen
hand of God reaching into the glove of my history to tell ‘His
I want to look this week at ‘The
Battle Of Providence’. If there were any sub themes to this
book they would be ‘good versus evil’, ‘flesh versus
spirit’, or the ‘old nature versus the new nature’.
This is an inward battle and not an
outward battle. It is not a battle of doing but done. In fighting
this battle you must find out where you are. Ron Dunn, the great
evangelist of yesterday, went to a dinner at the Dallas, Texas
Coliseum. He and his wife walked the circle for a while until his
wife commented that they had been there before. He noticed a ‘Directory’
with a big red circle that said, ‘You Are Here’. He came to
this conclusion that you cannot get to where you need to be until
you find our where you are. He came to the conclusion that those
who claim to be saved are not as far along as they think they are.
I begin this week in Chapter 1 and
look at the thought of ‘A Fleshly Queen And Ungodly King’.
Vashti mentioned in verse 12 is a picture of the ‘old nature’.
We are born with but one nature. It is stubborn and will not choose
God. The natural man receiveth not the things of God. Vashti, the
fleshly old nature, and King Ahasuerus are wonderful illustrations
of what we were like before God found us.
In verses 3 and 4 we find ‘Pride
Of The Flesh’. In verse 4 we are told the King threw a party
that lasted 180 days and 7 extra days to boot. There were three
reasons why this celebration was given and all of them smell of
pride. One of the reasons was to ‘shew his riches’. The
little phrase means to unveil what has been accumulated by ones
self. The second reason was to ‘shew his glorious kingdom’
which means to let others see ones assent and sitting procedure upon
his throne. The third was ‘the honour of his excellent majesty’.
This phrase has the idea of boasting in one’s mighty acts and
deeds. Pride is seeing ones self as somebody when we are nothing.
Pride always goes before a fall. I wonder if there is an
overwhelming sense in the Church that we are not as far along the
humility road as we think we are. If you think you are a humble
person there is a good chance you are not.
In verse 5-8 of Chapter 1 we find ‘The
Pleasure Of The Flesh’. During this 187 days of partying the
Queen Vashti was called to dance before the King. I feel like she
was to dance naked and with nothing but her crown on. She refuses
to come. Flesh doesn’t want to be exposed though God says in
Hebrews that we are all naked and open before God.
In Chapter 1 and verse 15 we find ‘The
Perception Of The Flesh’. They attempt to bring Vashti, the old
nature, under control of the law. Paul said that when the law
enters the transgressions abound. Flesh will not control flesh.
You can educate it, moralize it, and bring it under the law, but it
is still just flesh. There must be a new queen, a new nature to sit
upon the throne of our hearts if we are to conquer in this battle.
May our cry be to the God of Providence to reach His unseen hand
into our life and place His divine nature on the throne of our