My thoughts on this Purim…What is God trying to teach us in our generation from Esther and the masks the players wear?
I just read the headline today in Arutz Sheva that Netanyahu proclaimed…’we can defend ourselves.’ How apropos on Purim!
God’s name not in Esther??? Not true…5x. The acrostic is a normal literary tool in Hebrew.
YHWH four times…
1:20 YHWH backward, 1st letters
5:4 YHWH forward, 1st letters
5:13 YHWH backward, final letters
7:7 YHWH forward, final letters
And a fifth one (7:5) final letters, in reverse order, “EHYEH” (I am that I am), the name He used at the burning bush
This site examines these acrostics with amazing insight.
Appendix 60 from EW Bullinger’s Companion Bible.
Purim is proclaimed in Esther, though it is not one of the 7 pre-existent moedim (Gen. 1:14 in Hebrew). On the surface the story teaches us how to respond to this kind of evil such as Haman, knowing YHWH is there even when seemingly silent. We learn our identity, the identity of our enemy and who to align ourselves with. All scripture has purpose, many layers and none is random. Let’s see what that might entail.
The story begins with the king’s banquet which doesn’t get more Sukkot than that. Hadassah=myrtle=a clear symbol of the Feast of Sukkot (many more allusions to Sukkot in the book) where we are commanded to care for stranger alien orphan and widow….which includes Esther who was an orphan and an alien. She concealed her identity as Sarah and Rebekah did when they were sent to king’s harems.
Is there a pattern with the matriarchs of scripture and does Esther fit the pattern?
What was their ultimate goal in hiding identity?
The continuation of their family line, hiding from the enemy till the appropriate time then revealed and the tables turned on the enemies. However, this story happens repeatedly in small ways and in large ways throughout scripture. Jacob splits and hides his family and meets Esau alone and then reunites them after the imminent danger is over.
The entire story of Joseph is contained hidden in Esther.
There are many little stories of Torah hidden retold in Esther with different characters, but similar themes and verb forms used. These are chiastic structures which are throughout scripture large and small forms.
The 7 spirits of Elohim at work in the creation week are at work in every generation in scripture. When you find embedded stories within the story at hand God is telling us to see the previous story to understand the deeper meaning of the story we are looking at.
How is this lessor feast related to the 7 major feasts? Even Hanukah was first celebrated because they were unable to celebrate Sukkot on time till the temple was dedicated and teaches us that God is merciful allowing us to celebrate late if we are unable at the appropriate time.
Esther is expanding our understanding of all the other moedim/feasts. Two major feasts she invites the king and Haman to… the first in spring all stays hidden with the second in the fall feasts exposing all identities and turning the tables.
The New York Times Jan. 31, 1944 quoted Hitler as saying that if the Nazis were defeated, the Jewish people could celebrate “a second triumphant Purim.”
Each Purim the entire Esther megilla/book is read as well as Exodus 17:8-16.
16 “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
We first see Amalek chief of Edom as a son of Esau in Gen 36. But there was a people called Amalekites in Gen 14. Then with Saul…Samuel says ‘what is this bleating of the sheep?’
Interestingly it is said that there is NO actual word ‘amalek’ with meaning in Hebrew. But of course, they always say ‘may his name by blotted out’. And prophetically it seems always was…
In Arabic a similar word ‘imliq’ or ‘amaliq’ means ‘giant’…possibly a suggestion they might be large people or even the same “descendants of Anak” that the Israelite scouts saw in Numbers 13 that were supposedly giants. But that is just supposition, though it would stand to reason then if we are expecting Nephilim in the end times.
A few of Julius Streicher’s final words before hanging on the gallows were ‘Purim Fest 1946’ intentionally identifying himself and the others with Haman. He was making reference to the 10 sons of Haman on the gallows all over again. He was one of 10 Nazi’s hung that day. There was an 11th who chose suicide which made the number match that of Haman’s sons. But, Greek historian Herodotus explains that Haman’s hanging was actually not from a noose but impaled on a high stake…an early form of crucifixion.
They say Haman’s 10 sons were already dead when Esther declared that they should be impaled on the stakes…apparently for an example.
What if Vashti is a type of Lucifer who was too proud to humble and obey before the King?
Is the bride of Messiah (with Mordecai as Y’shua and the eunuch as the Ruach) meant to be an Esther hiding her identity among the pagans (as Joseph and Moses, etc.) in order to speak up putting her life on the line to speak on behalf of the Jews at a timely moment?
Hamen in Jewish tradition is part of Amalek bent on destroying God’s people throughout history to this day.
Who is Amalek in Revelation…Anti-messiah and ?
Jewish survival hangs by a thread and is dependent on YHWH alone, yet does it not also depend on Esther’s willingness to risk her life for the Jews.
Secretly Jewish, her invitation of the king to two banquets reveals the true colors and identity of all the players.Haman erected tree to hang Mordecai, but this was turned on Hamen himself
In Numbers 24:20, Balaam proclaims, “Amalek was first among the nations, but he will come to ruin at last.”
Moses commanded: Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt.…When the LORD your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget! (Deuteronomy 25: 17, 19)
Exodus 17:8 ¶ Then came Am’alek, and fought with Israel in Reph’idim.9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Am’alek: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Am’alek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Am’alek prevailed.12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.13 And Joshua discomfited Am’alek and his people with the edge of the sword.14 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Am’alek from under heaven.
Deut. 25.17-19 · 1 Sam. 15.2-9 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah–nis’si: 6 16 for he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Am’alek from generation to generation.
So we see this that Amalek will not see defeat till the last generation and Joshua/Yeshua will bring Amalek to a final end.When Moses was on the rock and his right and left hands were upheld Amalek was defeated, but when Moses was not upheld, Amalek was winning.
Seems to me that Moses always symbolically refers to the Torah and the rock is the Father/Son av=father and ben= son…the word with these two roots put together into a compound is the word ‘eben’…meaning stone. So the Torah upheld both on the right and the left upon the foundation of the Father and Son coupled with the faith of going out to battle with Y’shua is the formula for victory over Amalek in the end times.
Rev 12:17Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring–those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 14:12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
Revelation 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,[a] that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
Revelation seems to also be saying that the key in the end times to our refuge, restoration and defeating the enemy is remaining faithful to Jesus but also obedience. This seems to be in line with upholding Moses and the foundation of the rock.
Dee Ann Stover
Kol Kevuda Bat Melech Penima
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