WHO’S ON THE LORD’S SIDE (Pt. 3)

“The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti” (Esther 2:17 NKJV).

 BEAUTY AND BRAVERY

 Esther’s beauty won king Ahashuerus heart, gaining the queenly crown. But it would take more than beauty to save her Jewish people from the king’s newly promoted official, Haman the Agagite. It would require of Esther a heart of self-sacrificing bravery to come into the king’s presence—Uninvited!

 A DIFFERENT PEOPLE

Wherever the kingdom of heaven is expressed in the earth, the kingdom of Satan will oppose it. Esther and her people were in captivity under Persian and Media Empire. Her uncle, Mordecai held an important cabinet post in Ahashuerus’ kingdom. Then we read of an adversary named Haman. “When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahashuerus—the people of Mordecai” (Esther 3:5-6 NKJV).

 Haman did not want to merely destroy the Jews (To spite Mordecai). Nor was his desire to destroy the Jewish people because they had a poor “work ethic” or because they were a “backward and illiterate people”. Rather it was because they dared to live a separate lifestyle. They were a people of one Book (Esther 3:8), meaning that their conscience was captive to the Word of God.

IDENTITY AND MANDATE

Their identity and mandate as “The children of Israel” was to obey and spread the knowledge of the one true God and His ways among the nations.

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be [firmly] established as the highest of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law and instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:2, 3 AMP).”

GOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Although the seeds of God’s kingdom have been sown in the earth…there is yet an ultimate manifestation of the kingdom soon to be come (See Hebrews 12:25-29). This was the meaning of our Lord’s first coming.

When Yeshua/Jesus came into the world, he came to the Jewish people as one of them. He lived among them as a Jew, laboring as a Jewish Carpenter, sharing their humiliations from the ruling Gentile nations. He was willing to take all the risks and challenges as an observant Jew. Although He was the Son of God, he did not exalt himself above his Israelite brethren. Rather He announced his mission. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭45‬ NASB).

Therefore, he was arrested and handed over to the Rome by the jealous Jewish religious leaders.

ALL IN GOD’S PLAN

Ultimately, God had ordained that Yeshua/Jesus would become the scapegoat and ransom to redeem his people from their sin (See John 1:29; Philippians 2:5-11).

His sacrifice was not for the Jews alone but the sins of the whole world. What was done, seemingly at the hands of man, was a voluntary act of the Son of God. Again, although Jesus did this as a man, his actions were to declare himself on the LORD’S side. God accepted him both as Sin and the Sacrifice. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭21‬ NASB). As the song puts it, “When He was on the cross…I was on His mind”.

 

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