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Bakar
Nov 25th 2014, 05:03 PM
In Esther 4:14 to what tragedy is Mordecai referring when he says “you and your father’s house will perish?” ?

Oh and could someone explain the irony behind Esther 5:11? "Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials''.

And lastly, the book of Esther focuses on the feast called Purim. Why it was meaningful to Jews? How is it related to God’s nature and the theme of redemption?

Thanks

Walls
Nov 25th 2014, 09:26 PM
In Esther 4:14 to what tragedy is Mordecai referring when he says “you and your father’s house will perish?” ?

Oh and could someone explain the irony behind Esther 5:11? "Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials''.

And lastly, the book of Esther focuses on the feast called Purim. Why it was meaningful to Jews? How is it related to God’s nature and the theme of redemption?

Thanks

Some short notes to help with Esther.

God's name is never ever mentioned in Esther. The reason is that when the 70 years captivity in Babylon/Persia was over and God called His people back to the Good Land to prepare it for Christ's arrival, only 2.5% of the Jews returned. The other 97.5% took the easier road of staying in Babylon/Persia, and so they are not identified with God. The remnant that went back to Canaan and faced the hardship of building the Second Temple, Jerusalem, and its Wall, are keenly identified with God and His purpose. So also today, we have the same thing. Hoards of Christians have married the world and its system and are no testimony for a suffering and world-hating Christ, while a small remnant of Christians are fully given to do God's bidding to achieve His purpose.

By the time of Esther, the difference between Jew and Persian was negligible. It was not that the Jews integrated with the Persians, but they carried on their daily lives in accordance with the Pagan way of life in Persia, so unless a genealogy check was specifically made, a Jew could pass as a Persian. Thus, Mordecai, in Chapter 4:14, admonished Esther that if she failed to approach the king on behalf of the Jews, she was not to think that by being a favored one in the king's palace would save her and her father's house when Haman put his devilish plan into action. Haman was sworn to annihilate the Jews and would find every one of them.

Haman was an Agagite. He was descendant of king Agag, king of the Amalekites, who Saul failed to wipe out in 1st Samuel 15. Because of the Amalekite's behavior towards Israel while they were in the wilderness, God had decreed them "perpetual" enemies (Ex.17:14-16). That is why Mordecai was reverent towards the king, but utterly disdainful towards Haman. And that is also why Haman's main ambition in life, besides his position in the king's court, was to annihilate the Jews.

Although God does not identify Himself with the indifferent Jews of Esther's times, He nevertheless, in the background, cared for His wayward people - thus the salvation wrought for the Jews, and the destruction of Haman. But just like many worldly Christians today, who celebrate their own "holy" feasts like Christmas, Easter and Halloween, the unfaithful Jews of Esther's time made their own "holy" feast - Purim. God, in the Law He gave Moses, only ordained three times for Israel to feast, at which all males were to go the Jerusalem. They were;
(1)

Passover (Pesach) - Nisan 14-15
Unleavened Bread (Chag Hamotzi) - Nisan 15-22
First Fruits (Yom habikkurim) - Nisan 16-17

(2)

Pentecost (Shavu'ot) - Sivan 6-7

(3)

Trumpets (Yom Teru'ah) - Tishri 1
Atonement (Yom Kippur) - Tishri 10
Tabernacles (Sukkot) - Tishri 15-22

All other feats were the traditions of men and have no standing before God. Thus, Purim is a nothing in God's economy.

Bible_Preacher
Nov 25th 2014, 10:36 PM
Esther is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It's fantastic how God works through the irony.

In Esther 4:14 to what tragedy is Mordecai referring when he says “you and your father’s house will perish?” ?
her household, relatives, etc.


Oh and could someone explain the irony behind Esther 5:11? "Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials''.
Irony is one of the great characteristics of the book of Esther. haman loves himself and he thinks everything is going his way and it's going the complete opposite.


And lastly, the book of Esther focuses on the feast called Purim. Why it was meaningful to Jews? How is it related to God’s nature and the theme of redemption?

Walls gave you the three feasts. The Jewish feasts fall in betwen our months. In fact, on a side note, our calendar is really based on the Jewish setting. September is our 9th month, but the Jewish 7th month falls in September. But Sept doesn't mean 9, it means 7. oct means 8, nov= 9 and dec= 10 of course. So our calendar is off from the Jewish one, but it's interesting how that lines up. Purim came about because of the book of Esther. it was a jewish installation and not one God put in. There's not direct evidence that Jesus celebrated Purim. He was in Jerusalem during Hanukkah, the feast of dedication in John 10:22.

It was meaningful to the Jews because they didn't get wiped out but got the upper hand.

How is it related to God's nature? He loves His Jews. He's been beating them now for 2000 years, but they'll come back to Him. And what a reunion that will be!