Posted November 16, 2008
We return again to our study of Esther. Our
theme is that of ‘providence’. We have defined providence as
‘the unseen hand of God in the glove of my history telling His
story’. This is an allegorical story that is when the author
takes characters of symbolism and teaches truth.
We began last time looking at ‘The
Battle Of Providence And The Fleshly Queen (Vashti) And The Ungodly
King (Ahasuerus)’. The battle of all the ages is between the
old nature, the flesh, and the new nature, the Spirit of God. This
week let us look at ‘The Spiritual Queen (Esther) And A Godly
King (Mordecai). This battle is only won from the inside to the
outside. There must be a new queen, the very nature of God placed
upon the throne of our hearts.
In the story of Esther she and
Mordecai picture the new nature in the picture of faith. Let us
look at the two of them as they teach us of ‘The Work Of
Redemption’. The nature of God cannot be placed in us without
this grand work.
In Chapter 2, verse 7 we find both
of her names, Esther and Hadassah. The words mean a
transplanted myrtle tree or nourished one. The work of Redemption
demands we be transplanted. We must be violently ripped from the
world of darkness and placed in the world of light, then taken from
death and placed into life. In verses 6- 7 we are told that she was
left or orphaned because her Dad and Mom died as a result of the
fall of Jerusalem. We were left spiritual orphans because of our
fall in Adam. We were dead in our sins and could not come to God.
In verse 7b Mordecai, the picture
of faith, adopted his niece and connected her to the eternal world
of life. I bless the day faith opened my eyes to the Spirit of
adoption. He choose me and placed me in His family by the great
work of redemption. In Chapter 2 verse 11 Mordecai (faith) brooded
over Esther (new nature) until she was established. I thank the
Lord for brooding over me until Christ was fully formed I me. I
thank the Lord for His unseen hand of providence working in and on
We see in this work of redemption a
‘Work Of Riches’. In Chapter 2 and verse 14 the king calls
her by name. In the Lazarus and Rich Man story, Lazarus is the only
one who has a name. Why is this? Jesus said, ‘I know my sheep by
name.’ (John 10) Those He has redeemed He knows by name.
In Chapter 2 and verse 13 we see ‘The
Work Of Reigning’. She found grace and favor in the eyes of the
king. Redemption has brought us into loving favor with our king.
The great battle is described in this truth from Romans 6:6 which
says, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that
the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not
serve sin.” Has the nature of God been enthroned on your heart?
Who is wearing the crown, your old or new man? Who is winning the
battle of all the ages in you? God’s hand of providence has
ordained the nature of God as the definite winner!