Monday, June 29, 2015

Journal Through the Bible: Week 101 Thursday

Horne, Charles, and Julius Bewer.
The Bible and Its Story: Poetry–Prophets, Psalms to Isaiah. Vol. 6.
New York, NY: Francis R. Niglutsch, 1909. Print. (Public Domain)
Courtesy of Faithlife Logos Bible Software.
Esther 9:1-10:3

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Mordecai is a type of Christ: the formerly humble, unknown Jewish man who increased (and in the case of Jesus, will continue to increase) until all of his enemies are under his feet. He was second in command; he sought the wealth of his people, he accepted the multitude of his brethren, and spoke peace to all his seed. In other words there was salvation, peace, and abundant life offered to those under his rule.
  • The 10 sons of Haman were slain. Jesus told many of his detractors that they were of their father the devil and would perish eternally.
  • Mordecai set aside the 14th and 15th days of the month Adar as the feast of Purim. Jesus participated in the celebration of Purim also. (John chapter 5. There are many websites that discuss this "possibility.")

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • One of the weapons used by the Jews for their defense was the sword. Revelation states that a two-edged sword will be used at the final battle between Jesus' army and those who seek to destroy them.
  • The people rejoiced when their enemies are destroyed and their mourning was turned to joy. The people of God will one day rejoice when all of their enemies, led by their father the devil, will be destroyed. All mourning will be turned to joy when God shall wipe all tears from our eyes.

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