THE HOLY SPIRIT GRIEVED – Part 5 of Growth In Esther Blog Series
The Holy Spirit Grieved
King Ahasuerus can represent the born again Christian, for Mordecai (Holy Spirit) had adopted Esther (human spirit). Yet, King Ahasuerus (human soul) and Queen Esther (human spirit) were completely unaware of Haman’s (flesh) evil intentions. (In spite of them being unaware, Haman was also unaware that both Mordecai and Queen Esther were related through adoption.)
We, Christians, claim and witness that Jesus is our Savior. Yet strutting around our palace and calling the shots is our Haman (flesh). We so easily turn a “blind eye” to sin. We see Esther (human spirit) completely oblivious to Haman (flesh) and his agenda to destroy her and her people. She shared the same table with him, greeted him daily, and passed him in the palace halls often.
Yes, Haman knew quite well how to camouflage his disguise. (This is so typical of how the flesh disguises from us its evil intentions.) Haman would walk around the palace with his sweet smile, but underneath was the venom to lethally poison God’s children. This is an excellent and accurate description of the flesh’s intention for us. Our flesh masquerades its evil intentions from us, only to lethally poison us later as the Lord draws us closer to Him. Trust Haman at your own risk. You will certainly fail.
How could Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus find out the evil intentions of Haman? How can Haman’s plan be uncovered before it is carried out? How could God’s people be saved? The answer for Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus (and for us) is Mordecai the Holy Spirit – God Himself. Amen!
Only Mordecai (the Holy Spirit) can reveal to us the true identity of our Haman (flesh). Only God knows the thoughts of all men. Only God knows the depths of evil from Haman. Fortunately, for us, God does not sit by idly watching His children suffer or perish unnecessarily. God unconditionally loves and accepts each child of His. And, like any loving parent, He watches over us to protect us from Haman. But, the Holy Spirit can only get our attention to draw us close to Him. Then, the evil motives of Haman will be revealed.
The Holy Spirit can only reveal Haman and his evil intentions to us. The Holy Spirit will not force His will on us. Otherwise, it would not be love. The Holy Spirit directs; we must choose to see and recognize our Haman flesh and then crucify it on Calvary’s cross. Then, we can grow deeper and purer in the intimate love of Jesus. Outstanding!
This is exactly what begins to occur as Mordecai attempts to reveal to King Ahasuerus (through Queen Esther) the evil nature of Haman and his intentions to kill all the Jews, including his queen. King Ahasuerus is not even aware that the death order he signed to exterminate the Jews is intended for his queen also.
This is how blind one becomes when trusting Haman. The Holy Spirit (through Mordecai) is now grieved and hurting at the current situation – the pending death of His people. And King Ahasuerus is totally oblivious to it. The Holy Spirit (Mordecai) must now take action into His own hands. Thank God He always does.
Esther 4:1-3 “When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and CRIED WITH A LOUD AND BITTER CRY; and came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.”
The Holy Spirit is deeply grieved when we sin and hurt Him. Mordecai excellently portrays this example of grieving. Mordecai rent his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, went into the midst of the city, and released a loud and bitter cry. This is what the Holy Spirit does in your heart when sin and the flesh are controlling you. He is grieving, yet He strongly desires to get your attention. And He will get your attention because of the deep love between the two of you.
The Holy Spirit will go out into the midst of your heart and release the loudest, grieving cry you can ever hear. Has this ever occurred to you? You are stunned by His precious love. You are stopped dead in your tracks, because you love and care about Jesus so much. The Holy Spirit has gotten your attention. You do not understand, nor ask, why the Holy Spirit is grieved. So you try to comfort Him while He grieves.
Comforting the Holy Spirit, and yet being oblivious as to why He is grieving, is what Queen Esther attempts to do to Mordecai upon hearing of his wailing in sackcloth and ashes. Esther loved Mordecai (her adopted father) so much that she would do anything to ease his pain. It grieved her to see Mordecai like this – even though she does not know why he is grieving.
We, like Esther, attempt to cover the Holy Spirit in grief by silencing Him. But, the Holy Spirit will never be silenced because the Holy Spirit wants to speak to our human spirit. And Esther (human spirit) was now being prepared to hear Mordecai. Amen! Are you ready to hear the Holy Spirit during His grief?
Esther 4:4-9 “So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told it to her. There was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not. Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king’s chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was. So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king’s gate. And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasures for the Jews, to destroy them. Also he gave them the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people. And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.”
Esther was now ready to hear from her spiritual father Mordecai. What a shock it must have been to her that Haman’s plans are now revealed! How many times have you been shocked when a plan of Satan through your flesh was suddenly revealed to you? Especially when it unknowingly had control over you. Fortunately, Esther loved and trusted Mordecai deeply. She knew his words were always truthful. Esther’s trust and love for Mordecai is the same trust and love we are to have for the Holy Spirit. Why not, after all that Jesus has done for us? Amen!
With this type of relationship, the Holy Spirit easily reveals the evil intentions of Satan and the flesh. The next step is, “Are you ready to act by faith to the Holy Spirit’s instructions?” This is the question Esther had to face when Mordecai instructed her what needed to be done. We will see in Esther’s response that she was not yet prepared to go before the king. She again had to prepare herself “spiritually” and “mentally” for the situation and abandon herself totally to the trust and care of Mordecai, who had always done what was good for her. Mordecai was always there for Esther. Esther could always count on him. Amen!
How well this correlates to our growth with Jesus as we totally abandon ourselves to the care of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always there for us. The Holy Spirit can always be counted on. In our weakness is definitely Jesus’ strength. Esther was faced with the challenge to die to her own way of doing things so she could trust Mordecai to defeat Haman. So must you die to your way of living the Christian life so you can completely trust the Holy Spirit to direct God’s will through you to defeat your Haman. What a magnificent God we have!
Esther 4:10-14 “Again Esther spoke unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai, All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days. And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS?”
Esther’s heart was pierced. Even if she refused to risk death to enter the king’s presence, death would come to her and her father’s family because she was one of God’s people.
The same is for us; Satan and the flesh hate the Holy Spirit and all God’s children. So they want to kill us no matter what. It is better to die in the arms and trust of a Loving God than in the snares of Satan and the flesh.
The Holy Spirit will clearly direct the specific instructions for you to follow to defeat the flesh, just like Mordecai directed the specific instructions for Esther to follow to defeat Haman. And if, for whatever reason, you miss the Holy Spirit’s instructions, God will raise up another child of His who will receive and act on the instructions.
Rest assured: Flesh will never conquer the Holy Spirit. The flesh may defeat the Christian in some battles, but it will never defeat the Holy Spirit. That is why we have the cross. The flesh is dead and buried because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. (See Romans 6:2-11.) Glory to His Name! Esther was born for such a time as this. It is also for you in 2011 (or whatever year you are reading this). May the Holy Spirit be glorified through your actions. For you are “BORN FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.” And this will be your finest hour as Jesus is glorified through you.