Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Journal Through the Bible: Week 100 Saturday

Esther chapter 2

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
  • The eunuch in charge of the king's harem favored Esther above all the other young virgins so he gave her certain privileges (like the best quarters). She reminds me of the woman that Solomon loved and the story that was told about her in the Song of Solomon. That young woman was also favored above all others. That story is an allegory of the love between Jesus and His Bride, whom He favors above all. The bride herself is unworthy of such favor except for the fact that she finds grace in the sight of others and her beloved. (Jerusalem is often equated as the bride. Compare Psalm 48 with Revelation 19:7-9, 21:1-2, 9-22:5)
  • The purification rites of Esther could be considered as an allegory of the Bride of Christ who is going through her own purification rites and is being prepared even now for her Groom.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The king delighted in Esther and set the royal crown upon her head. The King will delight in His Bride and set a royal crown upon her head also. The Bible speaks in the New Testament of crowns reserved for the Christian which will be awarded when they meet Jesus face to face for the first time. The meeting of Ahasuerus and Esther is a beautiful portrait of that coming event.
  • After her coronation, the king made a great feast to celebrate. This is a foreshadowing of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb as revealed to us in Revelation 19:7-9.

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