The Holy Spirit Runs Our House – Growth In Esther Blog Series Part 12
With the Christian life now at rest in Jesus, it is important not to become complacent. Otherwise, Haman will sneak back in. Esther saw this and wanted to eradicate any memory of Haman.
Esther 8:3-10 “And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews…. And (Esther) said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the things seems right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedetha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces: for how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred? Then the King Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to MORDECAI THE JEW, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man revise… and IT WAS WRITTEN ACCORDING TO ALL MORDECAIS COMMANDED UNTO THE JEWS…. And he (Mordecai) sealed it with the king’s ring….” Esther remembered Exodus 15 that God was at war with Amalek. She sees God eradicating the memory of Amalek. She is just letting Him do it through Mordecai. Amen! Well done, Esther!
As long as we live in a sin-sick world, remnants of flesh (Haman and his ten sons) will always linger around trying to surface at any opportunity. This is why it is a daily dying to flesh in our walk.
Only the Holy Spirit can crucify our flesh. This again is amplified in the action of King Ahasuerus (the human soul). He trusted the bond between his queen (the human spirit) and Mordecai (the Holy Spirit). He trusted Mordecai so much that he spoke directly to him as to what actions to take in his name – actions that are not sinful and actions that will bring glory to God.
King Ahasuerus could now rest in the love and care of Mordecai. We also can now rest in the love and care of Jesus. What a Magnificent God! What a Splendid Salvation!
Esther 8:15-17 “And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and people: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. And in every province, and in every city, withsoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.”
Mordecai does not need Haman to strut him around and show off. He is quite able of bringing glory to Himself alone. This is an excellent analogy of the Holy Spirit alone being glorified in the Christian’s life.
The Holy Spirit does not need our carnal flesh to show off His works. When the carnal flesh is involved, the flesh will be glorified. However, when the Christian rests in the pure love of Jesus, the presence of the Holy Spirit is easily seen.
For the Christian is hid in Christ; Jesus is his new life. Colossians 3:3-4 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.”
Often, we only need to be in the presence of someone and immediately sense and feel the love of Jesus coming from her naturally. This is normal Christian living – the love of Jesus naturally flowing out. The Christian is at rest and the love of Jesus is clearly seen and glorified in the Christian (as evidenced from our story of Mordecai riding alone publicly in royal splendor).
And the city of Shushan rejoiced. There was peace in Shushan because King Ahasuerus (the human soul) made peace with Mordecai (the Holy Spirit).
The Holy Spirit now ran his house. Again this is quite a contrast when Haman earlier was calling the shots. After issuing the order to execute the Jews, the king and Haman sat down to feast. And the city of Shushan was perplexed. We saw this previously in Esther 3:8-15. Now, though, their king was making the correct decision to let Mordecai, not Haman, wear the signet ring. Now all have reason to celebrate the king’s banquet. (And the Body of Christ rejoices in Jesus.)
Before you knew it, such a reverential fear of the Lord began to grow throughout the kingdom. The people (non-Jews) saw such deliverance, and that so quickly, by the hand of God that many converted to Judaism. They thought, “If this is the God of Israel and He loves His people so much to deliver them the way He did, then that is the God we want to know, love, and serve. We neither want to be like Haman (the enemy of the Jews) nor wind up like him (hung on the gallows).” Amen! Yes He is! That is our God.
The king decreased and Mordecai increased (John 3:30). Esther 9:2-5 “The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the King Ahasuerus, to lay hands on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people. And all the rulers of the provinces, and all the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater. Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them.”