GROWTH THROUGH ESTHER – Part 1 (Esther & Mordecai – God’s Faithfulness To Us)
Besides being one of the outstanding books of the Bible that shows God’s love, protection, faithfulness, and salvation of His people (the nation of Israel), the book of Esther also provides a significant spiritual lesson for us to learn in our daily victory over the flesh, the world, and the devil. I pray the Holy Spirit bless you through this study. I pray my words are His words. To Jesus goes all the glory.
The story of Esther shows how the Holy Spirit takes up residence in a Christian, and, when permitted, crucifies the sin nature of flesh, thus giving the Lord Jesus Christ free and rightful reign in the Christian’s life.
Main Lesson From Esther
There are four main characters in the story of Esther. Each represents an important spiritual part of a Christian’s walk and growth in Christ. I will explain later the importance of each character, but, for now, just know that each character represents the following:
The Characters Of Esther For Today
God’s plan of salvation (for each person) is through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. This correlates in the story of Esther as follows.
Jesus as God, in the person of the Holy Spirit (Mordecai), must inhabit and take up His rightful residence in the Christian. He does this by communicating and awakening the human spirit (Esther) to gain access to the human soul (King Ahasuerus). Once the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) does this through the human spirit (Esther), then the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) has the access to direct the human soul’s (King Ahasuerus) mind, thoughts, and will. Jesus will then be glorified in the Christian. But, first the Adamic, sin nature of flesh (Haman) must be dealt with. The flesh (Haman) must be crucified and extinguished daily from the Christian’s life. This is the story we will now explore in the book of Esther. God desires to get the wrong person (Haman/flesh) out and get the right person (Mordecai/Holy Spirit) in. Alleluia! And ONLY Jesus will be glorified.
Pray with me for this blog series so the Holy Spirit reveals through my words the example of the Christian’s daily walk (flesh vs. Spirit) as exemplified in the book of Esther. “Holy Spirit, You are the Comforter. Still and comfort our hearts right now so we can see and hear the revelations You desire to teach us from the book of Esther. Help us to only see God the Father’s plan of salvation through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Make us see the impact of You taking up residence in the believer and driving out all flesh. Yes, Holy Spirit, be glorified in our lives. I dedicate this study (and this book) to You and pray You be glorified in everyone who reads this. Thank You for living in me. And may all who read these words, only see You as God in me writing and speaking the words. Make them life, Holy Spirit – Your Life. Make them specific for each person. Thank you so much and I express my deepest love and respect for You from the depths of my heart. Amen!”
The first significant part of our study in Esther begins in Esther 2:5-7 “Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimie, a Benjamite; who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah King of Judah, when Nebuchadnezzer the King of Babylon had carried away. And he (Mordecai) brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful, who Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.” The Holy Spirit (Mordecai) adopts us (Esther) as God’s sons and daughters. We become born again through adoption. Romans 8:14-17 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit Itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.”
We immediately see what a God-fearing, reverential individual (Jew) Mordecai is. He loves the Lord more than anything. His heart is sold out only to God. He shows the pure love of God, not only in his words, but also clearly in his actions – especially the tender care he displayed in raising Esther after her parents deceased.
We see Esther’s life of respect and obedience to Mordecai as an example how the human spirit works in unison and joy with the Holy Spirit – permitting God to work in and through the Christian. We also see how the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) always watches out for, protects, and comforts His children. Jesus definitely is seen and becomes glorified when the Christian hides Himself in Christ. Colossians 3:3-4 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is your life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.”
We see Mordecai’s personal care for Esther exemplified further as she prepares for the chance of becoming queen. Esther 2:10-11 “Esther had not showed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not show it. And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.”
As Mordecai walked every day in the court where Esther was, the Holy Spirit walks every day in the court of our heart to guide, protect, and care for us. Then, with Jesus living through the Christian, grace precedes our steps as we joyfully follow the Holy Spirit’s lead and directions. Esther 2:17-20 “And the King loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the King made a great feast unto all the princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king. And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the King’s gate. Esther had not yet showed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up by him.”
When we become born again, the Holy Spirit seals us. The Holy Spirit then sits guard at the gate of our heart – like Mordecai – to warn us and protect us from potential evil temptations. Mordecai advised Esther to keep her Jewish nationality a secret because he obviously knew the evil intentions that Haman would be preparing. Mordecai was simply setting up his own plan to kill Haman. He just needed his adopted daughter’s (Esther) cooperation. The Holy Spirit does the same in our life. He remains hidden until the proper time comes to execute our flesh. What a God! Amen! We shall now see this story unfold.
We begin to also see the care and protection of Mordecai for King Ahasuerus. Esther 2:19-23 “And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king’s gate. Esther had not yet shown her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him. In these days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the King Ahasuerus. And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name. And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.”