Let us search around again in the gold mine of the Book of Esther. It is an allegorical story with the theme of Providence. An allegorical story is when the author gives symbols to each character in order to teach great truth. The word ‘providence’ means the unseen hand of God in the glove of my history telling His story.
In our last lesson we found Haman sent out a decree to kill all the Jews. We have been studying ‘The Beseeching Of Providence’. When providence puts our backs against the wall we must cry to the King for help.
We found in our study that Haman is a type of the law of sin and the spirit of temptation. Haman is ‘The Warden Of Our Fires’. This week we want to continue looking at the ‘Beseeching Of Providence’ by looking at ‘The Works Of His Faith’. Mordecai is a picture of ‘Faith’ in this book. There are several stages of faith: no faith, little faith, and great faith. In chapter 2 and verse 19 we find ‘The Position Of Faith’. In a time when their backs were against the wall, “…Mordecai sat in the king’s gate.” The word ‘sat’ means to be settled, to remain fixed and dwelling in a quiet place. Faith doesn’t pace but waits patiently for the providence of God to work. Peter said, ‘Who are kept by the power of God through faith.’ James said ‘Knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience’.
In this story we are also confronted with ‘The Practice Of Faith’. In chapter 4, verse 1-3 we find faith ‘will make you do things that are strange’. When Mordecai perceived what had been done he began to fast, weep, and wait with sackcloth and ashes. When our backs are against the wall and we seek the King, by faith we will perceive all. Faiths practice will cause us to ‘go beyond our ability of sense’. Esther says in verses 8-11 that if she goes into the presence of the King without an invitation she will die. She is at this time living between little or no faith, the place where most of us live. In 4:12-14 faith does its work by speaking to her that if she does not go in then providence will raise up another. Faith said, “…who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Faith gives us ability beyond our human imagination.
Faith will cause us to mortify self. In 4:16 she sends word that she was going in, “…and if I perish, I perish.” Faith won’t let you count your life dear unto yourself.
In chapter 5 we find ‘The Prompting Of Faith’. In 5:1-2a she draws nigh to the King and lays hold to the scepter. She is in royal apparel. She doesn’t come in her stead but in the righteous apparel given to her by the King.
In 5:3 we find ‘The Possession Of Faith’. The King tells her he will give her up to half of his kingdom. The allegory breaks down here. Our King makes us joint heirs. We don’t get half of the kingdom but we will get it all. ‘My faith has found a resting place not in device or creed. I trust the everlasting one. His wounds for me shall plead.’ How much faith is needed to approach Him? In Luke 7 we find a Gentile centurion gets the request answered to heal his servant. Jesus said the centurion had ‘great faith’. In this same chapter we find an old preacher in prison by the name of John the Baptist with ‘wavering faith’. We find also a widow of Nain has her son raised from the dead and she has ‘no faith’. The stages of faith matter not but it all depends upon the unseen hand of God’s providence working in our life to tell His story.