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An Ordinary Man Embraced

© 2016 by Gerald Sharp. 

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The King Behind Purim


SWEET SIXTEEN

Some say the beautiful Hadassah, was just sixteen, others say even younger, when she was chosen to replace Vashti, as the Queen of King Ahasuerus. However, to my knowledge scripture says nothing of her age, though she was clearly young and beautiful.


A FLESHY KING

Some say, he was a fleshy King, and that when Queen Vashti was summoned, she refused to come and dance for the King's drunken guests, to show off her beauty, wearing nothing but her crown. But, though the King himself was “merry with wine”, and no doubt many likewise around him, scripture gives no indication that she was expected to come naked, just that she was to wear her royal crown and that the reason was ostensibly to show off her beauty for the glory of the King. She, however disappointed and angered the King, which is how, of course, Hadassah became her replacement.


LIKE THE SONG OF KING SOLOMON A STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Like the Song of Songs, the story of Queen Esther (Hadassah) has layered meanings. There is always the story in the flesh, and scripture does not not hide that. However, in spite of that, Yah is able to bring the truth of His Spirit, layered over the tale in the flesh. Although Hadassah is understandably the beautiful star of Purim, there is one greater than the fleshy King, or the beautiful Esther, that is often missed and I will soon get to this, as there is much written around the victory of the Yahudi or Jews of the wicked anti-semite, Haman, who was hung on the very gallow he had plan for the Jew, Mordecai.


VICTORY OVER ANTI-SEMITISM - THE REASON FOR THIS POPULARITY OF THIS FEAST TO JEWS

Many, love the feast of Purim, for this very reason, that the story is one if victory, that speaks to the heart of every Jew, who have always lived in an anti-semitic world. The beautiful Hadassah helped her people to victory over Haman's cruelty. However less is understood or spoken about the great King, who was the power, able to execute Esther's success. `While this King, is fleshy and compromised, he is arguably also a type and picture of none other, or less, than the coming Mashiach, the saviour, of not only the Yahudah, or Jews, as they have come to be known, but also of the “whosoever” will believe. These whosoever, are those who love truth and would honour their creator, whom they cannot see, believing in and trusting Him, even in the face of persecution. A remnant of the lost tribes of Israel will also be found among them. This group will be revealed in these latter days, as they return to their Hebrew roots and the commands of Yahuah. They too, according to biblical prophecy, will be hated by all the nations, for His sake, for the spirit behind Haman, hates the God of Israel, the very Israel, that according to the book of Ephesians, all the born again “children of the living God” (see also Hosea Ch1) are adopted into. Israel’s destiny is awesome in the latter days, when, all twelve tribes, not just Jews will again be united under David their King, never to be split as a nation again and once all back in the land, they will be married to it and never removed from the land of Israel again. While most Jews are still blind to the lost tribes, and many believers do not know that they are the very "children of living God", spoken of in Hosea Chapter 1, their destiny is also to be found back in the land promised to Abraham, when the enmity between them will be finally ended. The circumstances of these latter days, will I believe be the catalyst that does this and Yah's own hand will see to it.


SOME BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE NARRATIVE IS ASSUMED, SO JUST A LITTLE REMINDER

I will take it as a given, that you have read the story of how Hadassah, prompted by her adopting Father Mordecai, risked her life, in order to save her people. She approached King Ahasuerus, when she had not been summoned! Two guards at his doors were ready, at the slightest gesture from the King, to cut off the head of any that dared do, as the young queen Esther was doing.


BUT THE KING LOVED QUEST ESTHER...: (CAN I SAY, AS THE MESSIAH LOVES HIS BRIDE?)

Esther 2:17 NKJV

[17] The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight, more than all the virgins; (see also in Song of Songs, their are sixty queens and eighty concubines, but the Shulamite is again signalled out as the favourite of the King).

Asehaurus, also known as King Xerxes, set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Vashti had refused to obey the King. ("Many are called and few are chosen", comes to mind. Many will say Lord Lord, but will be turned away from the marriage feast.)


FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

As has been said of Hadassah, many times: “She was born for such a time as this.” For indeed she had made herself ready, being specially prepared for the King, even as the bride is fo Yahusuha, that she may be a bride without spot or blemish at his coming, ready for the marriage feast of the Lamb.


Revelation 19:7-8 NKJV

[7] Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." [8] And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.


THE EXTENDED SCEPTRE (HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS)

So she enters the King’s presence, even as an unauthorised priest might, under the old covenant's ceremonial law. On entering the Holy of Holies, such a one should die. She should surely die now. But no! Instead, He, this King whom one should surely fear, for his laws cannot be broken, extends to her the sceptre of his kingdom. The guards, like angels of death at the door, relax and she hears His awesome marriage proposal:


"THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL"

Esther 5:1-3 NKJV

[1] Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, across from the king's house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. [2] So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favour in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the sceptre. [3] And the king said to her, "What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you-up to half the kingdom!"


NOTICE FIRST - PROPHETICALLY RESURRECTION DAY AND MELLENNIUM

Notice first, it was the third day. Resurrection day, if you will. The beginning of the millennium if you like. For a day is as a 1000 years to him and He has been away only about 2 days now, since his first coming.


RIGHTEOUSNESS IS HIS SCEPTRE

And what is the meaning of the sceptre that she touches, as if to receive the inheritance therein.

It is found in:

Psalm 45:6-12

[6] Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Your kingdom. [7] You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore YAHUAH (God) , Your ELOHYM (God), has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. ...... At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. [10] Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father's house; [11] So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him. [12] And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among the people will seek your favour.


So, you see, righteousness is the sceptre by which Yahuah rules. If, like Hadassah, we seek first to please the king, the kingdom and his righteousness, then we too can enjoy the same reward:


Matthew 6:33 NKJV

[33] But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.


I believe the call is to whoever will hear. "What will you have, even up to half my kingdom." This is surely the marriage proposal. But we must forget our house and cleave to our Messiah, even unto death. Revelations 12:11 They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives so as to shy away from death.


And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you— up to half the kingdom!”


And this includes, as Purim, would teach us, having your enemies under your feet.


THIS IS A RIGHTEOUSNESS RECEIVED BY FAITH AND NOT WORKS, BUT NOT ONE THAT HAS NOT WORKS!

We must never forget as believers, that this is a righteousness received by faith and not by works. Nor must we think that it is a righteousness that has no works. Both of these are traps the enemy, by which to deceive, so as to steel our inheritance. In fact, we are receiving and putting on the righteousness of the one who saved us by His works. Think of that. Selah! It is His righteousness, after all. His very nature, His very life, His circumcised heart, and His very Holy Spirit that we are receiving. No lawlessness here. Righteousness is the keeping of the law. And we receive this by grace. Fortunately, if we fall, we can confess and get up and walk in the light again, for He is our advocate, and will plead our case, and win, with the offering of His blood.


1 John 2

5But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 WHOEVER CLAIMS TO ABIDE IN HIM MUST WALK AS YAHUSHUA (JESUS) WALKED 7Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning. This commandment is the message you have heard.…


SHALOM AND SHEMA OH ISRAEL.


Please listen to Psalm 92 - Good To Give Thanks. It certainly relates to the Feast of Purim.


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