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Jewels From Judy

Thursday, February 25 2021

Jewels from Judy: Honoring Queen Esther Purim 2021

Judy A Bauman

The Jewish celebration of Purim begins at sunset February 25, 2021, and goes to nightfall February 26, 2021. Purim is considered their most joyful holiday, but it is truly for all God’s people to remember how He brought Esther to a place of honor for the purpose of saving all the Israelites of her day. In our Christian walk, we should recognize that, like Esther, we are indeed alive, called, and placed where we are by God. We are here “for such a time as this!”

In 2006, when the Lord gave me this word as a simple way to share Esther’s story, there was a specific political issue occurring that He addressed. That has been omitted from this post.

This is what He said:
“Hear O Church! Arise and walk in the spirit of Esther! Beloved, you are to look at Queen Esther's example in her dealing with Haman to know how to deal with this treacherous spirit. Those who seek to destroy My people have a spirit like Haman.

“Go to this book, beloved. Esther was a type and a shadow for you to follow. You are My lovely chosen and beloved ones. You are the one who can turn My head with your beauty and your grace. Come and ask of Me now. Purify yourselves and come into My chambers. I will make known to you how to pray. The Book of Esther is a love story that I gave you for instruction!

“Haman thought he was so great that all should bow down to him. When My servant Mordecai refused to bow before him, it made him furious. Haman learned Mordecai was Jewish. He sought to kill all Jews because of his hatred for Mordecai. He wanted to purge the world of My people because one man refused to bow to him. So he went to the king of Persia, King Ahasuerus, and received the king's permission to write letters to the entire empire stating the Jewish people were to be utterly annihilated. His empire had 127 provinces and stretched from India to Ethiopia.

“When Mordecai learned of the plot to destroy the Jews, he tore his clothes and cried out in sackcloth and ashes. He got word to Esther that even in the palace she would not be able to escape this evil. Then he relayed the famous words, ‘Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.’ The Jews all fasted and prayed for Esther to be accepted into the king's inner court so that he would intervene on their behalf. After the third day, Esther put on her royal robes and in her beautiful and gracious way came to present herself to the king. The king's response to her was one of delight.

“Hear MY CHURCH! The king was delighted in her! He loved her and was so taken by her beauty he not only offered her his golden scepter but also up to half his kingdom!

“Esther, in My wisdom, did not yet speak what was in her troubled heart. She only asked the king and Haman to a banquet that she had prepared. As they enjoyed themselves, the king inquired of her petition. Her only request was for him and Haman to return the second night and she would set another banquet before them. Haman had no clue what was awaiting him.

“He left that feast on top of the world, but when he saw Mordecai, who refused to bow, Haman's blood boiled within him. He was so filled with hatred that he commissioned gallows 75 feet high to be built, on which Mordecai was to be hanged on the following day.

“However, the king's heart was stirred that very night and he could not sleep. He asked for the book of records to be read and was reminded of Mordecai's loyalty to inform the king of a plot against his life. The king realized his oversight and sought to honor Mordecai and brought Haman in the next day to inquire ‘what tribute should be paid to a loyal man who pleased the king?’

“Haman smugly thought the king was speaking of him. He counseled King Ahasuerus that in every manner this man should be honored! He suggested a royal robe, a royal horse, and a royal crown, all of which had been used by the king to be placed on the man. He added that one of the king's noblemen should escort him through the streets and shout before him saying, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’ All this Haman suggested fully expecting he was to be the recipient; however, he soon learned his enemy, Mordecai, was to receive that honor! The king announced that Haman was not only the one to carry out ALL he had recommended, but he was the one who would herald Mordecai the Jew throughout the city square!

“Haman obeyed and did as the king commanded, but afterward, he hung his head in utter humiliation and rushed to return home to hide his shame. Just that quickly he was summoned for the second dinner with Queen Esther where the king asked for her petition. She beseeched King Ahasuerus to spare her people from utter slaughter and annihilation. When he demanded to know who was so reprehensible to do such a thing, the Queen told him it was Haman.

“The king left the room in anger and when he returned, he found Haman falling on the couch where his beloved queen sat. When the king saw him, he was enraged and ordered Haman to be hung immediately on the very gallows he had built for Mordecai! His 10 sons later followed him to that end.
“Unfortunately, the king’s edict to annihilate the Jews could not be reversed. The only way to stop the slaughter to come was to write another decree to circumvent it. Read what is recorded in the book of Esther and pay close attention to what has been emphasized:”

8:2 So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman.

8:8 You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's signet ring; for whatever is written in the king's name and sealed with the king's signet ring no one can revoke.
8:7 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, "Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews.

“Make haste. Pray for the triumph of Esther and Mordecai to sweep through the Middle East and to the end of the world. Write and declare My word. Pray for the peace of My city, Jerusalem! Write it and seal it with the signet ring, the authority I give you through Christ Jesus. My third day has come, and you may come boldly to My inner court to the Throne of Grace! The golden scepter is extended. You say to Me, ‘Lord, Come quickly!’ But I say to you, ‘Esther, My Bride, My Church, My Beloved, COME QUICKLY!’"


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