Posted December 11, 2008
Let us 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, which is when
the author takes various characters and causes them to symbolize
different things and teach principles of truth through their lives.
Through the working of God’s
providence we will be brought into situations that leave us weak,
hopeless, helpless, and our backs against the wall. We have nowhere
else to go but to cry out to the hand of providence to work in our
history. Esther (a picture of our new nature) and Mordecai (picture
of faith) find their backs against the wall in this text.
I draw our attention this week to ‘The
Beseeching Unto Providence’. I use the word ‘beseeching’
for it means to cry out and plead before another.
In chapter 3 and verse 1 we are
introduced to the fifth character in our book. He is a man by the
name of Haman. In the allegorical story he will represent a picture
of the law of sin and spirit of temptation. Let us look first in
our study of beseeching at ‘The Warden Of Our Fires’. That
which places our backs against the wall is when we are placed in the
refiner’s fire by sin and temptation. In 3:1 we find ‘Haman’s
Testimony’. The root of his name means to disturb, destroy,
breakdown, consume, agitate, trouble, and vex. Oh, is that not an
adequate description of sin and temptation’s work? In verse 1 we
are told that he was ‘promoted’. The word means to be
enlarged through boast and pride. We find he was ‘advanced’.
This means to lift up or make lofty. He set his seat above so he
could look down. My friend, is not this a clear display of where
sin and temptation desires to take us? Let us cry to the unseen
hand of providence, ‘Lead us not into temptation but deliver us
from evil’. Lord, I am no match for the ‘Warden Of My Fires’.
In 3:2 we find ‘Haman’s
Temptation’. The verse tells us that all bowed, paid respect
and worshipped him. My, how the majority will bow to the law of sin
and spirit of temptation. The verse also said “…Mordecai bowed
not,” Faith would not bow. How is it that faith would not vow
to sin and temptation? In Ephesians, chapter 6, in the truths of
taking up the armor of God we find a great promise. In verse 16 we
are told the words, “Above all…” This tells us this is the
most important part of the armor. “Above all take the shield of
faith”. The shield of faith would be the Word of God. You must
be extremely familiar and knowledgeable with the working of this
shield. Why? We are told that through this shield ‘we shall be
able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked’. No
temptation or sin can enter when the shield of faith is taken up in
defense. No wonder Mordecai, the picture of faith, bowed not.
I notice in 3:6 ‘Haman’s
Thing’. He thought ‘scorn’ against Mordecai. The phrase
means to accuse, disdain, despise, or to think a vile person. The
accuser of the brethren attacks our faith. In verse 8 he accuses
them according to their law. Haman said, they are playing by
another rulebook. The people of God are always confusing others
with the facts of the Bible.
In verse 6 we find ‘Haman’s
Target’. He aimed at Mordecai alone. The law of sin and spirit
of temptation will always aim at our faith alone. It desires us to
be AWOL in our belief and trust in God. Jesus told Peter that Satan
wanted to sift him. Jesus said, ‘I have prayed for you that your
faith fail not’.
In 3:15 the decree went out for Mordecai and all God’s
people to be destroyed. The city was ‘perplexed’. The means
to bind and entangle. Let us rest assured we will not be perplexed
when evil rules. Faith will lead us to believe that our God will