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 overrule.