Esther Series Part 5: The 13th Of Adar

Esther 4:14

{Mordecai to Esther} “14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

IMG_0069(Queen Esther ponders Mordecai’s news.)


In part 5 of our story of Esther, we will see how courageous Queen Esther was and how she saved her people from total anihilation by their enemies.

Dress-Up!!
Purim occurs in the month of Adar, which is the last month of the year on the Hebrew calendar. More precisely, it falls on the 13th day of that fateful month.  You saw in part 1 that the Jewish people celebrate this happy holiday by dressing up in costumes, kinda like our Halloween commemorating the heroes and villains of this timeless tale.

All numbers in the Bible have meaning.  13 is the number of “Rebellion,” in Hebrew Gematria, or biblical numerics.  If you’d like to know more about number including the number 13, please follow the link below for a WHOLE LOT MORE on that topic:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/bible-numerics/

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(Hebrew Calendar.)


No Mention Of God’s Name.
Did you know that God’s Name does not appear anywhere in the entire book of Esther?  Nope.  It is not mentioned once.  Extraordinary!  That being the case, how in the world did this book come to be included in scripture at all?  The facts below make for some compelling reasons.

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(Myrtle Blossom.)


Hadassah
Queen Esther wasn’t given that name by her parents. They named her, “Hadassah,” which means, “Myrtle tree,” in Hebrew.  Esther is a Persian name which means “Star.”  Both these names speak volumes!

Above is a picture of one of the flowers of the Myrtle tree.  It is a very beautiful, very fragrant tree.  It’s white, five-petaled flower typifies not only Jesus’ righteousness, but ours as well. It also depicts believers in general, and five is the number of grace.

This beautiful, fragrant tree was a blessing tree. It was used in both the tabernacle and temple, as well as during the Feast of Tabernacles.  Most “Sukkah,” which is what the Jewish people call their temporary shelters during this feast, include branches from the Myrtle tree.

Esther was most definitely a great BLESSING to her people!

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(Hadassah: Myrtle Tree.)


God Hid His Face.
Though Esther in the Persian language means, “Star,” something very bright and highly visible, in Hebrew it means, “I hide my face.”  You see, God had warned His people that if they turned away from Him to follow other gods, He would “Hide His face” from them and send them into exile.  They turned away from Him time and time again, rejecting prophet after prophet.  No matter who was put in charge, king or prophet, they rebelled again and again.

Finally, He made good on His promise and sent them away from the city of peace— Jerusalem means “City of peace,”—into the city of confusion:  Babylon means “Confusion.”

IMG_0082(God Hides His Face.)

Deuteronomy 31:16-18
“16 And the LORD said to Moses: “Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them. 17 Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I WILL HIDE MY FACE  from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’ 18 And I will surely HIDE MY FACE in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other gods.”

Is it merely “coincidental,” that THE ONLY book of the entire Bible which “happens” to mean, “I hide my face,” also does not contain any mention of the name of God?  He is hiding His face!  Check it out; 167 verses; ZERO MENTION OF GOD!

However…..though it does not appear on the surface, you can see Him everywhere, working behind the scenes.  He is either controlling events and circumstances directly or turning backward evil circumstances intended to harm His people.

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Hidden Codes.

The name of God, “YHVH,” is hidden in the Hebrew text in acrostic form throughout this book.  At every crucial turning point and every critical juncture, the Hebrew text clearly shows that, although God hid His face, He did not forsake His people!  He was still watching over and protecting them.

These are the letters of God’s name in Hebrew: “Yahweh–[יהוה]” yod-hei-vav-hei, reading from right to left.  They appear in four different places in acrostic form at critical junctures.  It is BACKWARDS when He is OVERRULING the devil’s evil devices; FORWARD when He is RULING DIRECTLY.

Rabbinical Discovery.

This is how Bible codes are done, a phenomenon with which the Jewish rabbis are quite familiar.  You would be amazed at what you can find in the Hebrew language of the Bible.
In this book, there are two occurrences where He is overruling; two where He is ruling directly, and one where a different Name of His stands alone.

That’s our God!! Whenever the devil comes to accuse, our God says, “Overruled! Out of order! Case dismissed!”

Bible codes, secrets in the Hebrew letters, and messages in acrostic form may be new to us, but they were originally discovered by Jewish rabbis long before Jesus came to earth.

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The Name of God.

The Unpronoucable, unspeakable tetragram of the Name of God, “YaHVeH,” is a perfect example of this type of hidden message.  I have added the same vowels many others do to make it pronounceable.  You see, you and I are not under any slavish fear about speaking His Name.

These things are there for us to find and be blessed by their discovery.  It is the glory of God to hide a matter, but the glory of kings to search it out.  You and I are kings and priests so let’s go searching!

(For more on the topic of the Name of God, please follow the link below:
https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/the-name-of-god-yahweh-יהוה/)

Hebrew Acrostics.
Webster’s dictionary defines an acrostic as:
1. a composition, usually in verse, in which sets of letters (as the initial or final letters of the lines) taken in order form a word or phrase or a regular sequence of letters of the alphabet
2 : an ACRONYM —

The first time His Name appears is in Esther 1:20.  It is backwards.

Hebrew reads from right to left, so if you were reading it backwards, you would read left to right.  The letters that spell His Name–“YaHVeH,” The Covenant-Keeping One,”–are in parentheses.  It is backwards here because He is overruling, turning back Vashti from being queen so He can position His choice for Queen: Esther.

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(First Decree.)


Secrets In The Hebrew Letters.
Esther 1:20
20 When the king’s decree which he will make is proclaimed throughout all his empire (for it is great), ALL WIVES WILL HONOR THEIR HUSBANDS, both great and small.”


This is what the phrase above in bold letters looks like in the Hebrew text:
‎[הִ֑)יא     (וְ)כָל־     (הַ)נָּשִׁ֗ים           (יִ)תְּנ֤וּ)]<—–(read right to left)
yi-tê-nu   ha-nashim   ve-kal    hē
shall give  the wives    and all   it
You can see that God’s Name is BACKWARDS.  He is overruling man’s decisions.
‎[הוהי]
backwards
‎[יהוה]
foreword

The next time it appears, His Name is forward word in Esther 5:4, where Esther invites the King and Haman to her banquet of wine:
‎[יָ)ב֨וֹא              (הַ)מֶּ֤לֶךְ           (וְ)הָמָן֙         (הַ)יּ֔וֹ)]<—–(read right to left)
ha-yom   ve-Haman    ha-melek        Ya-vov
This day  and Haman  let the king    Come


God’s Name, Yahweh–[יהוה]—appears FORWARD in acrostic form.

Esther, no doubt, thought this was her decision, but it was actually God giving her wisdom to decide to invite the King and the evil Haman to a banquet of wine.  He was initiating directly, behind the scenes, orchestrating events to benefit His people.

Typologies.
Wine, in the Bible, is representative of the Blood of Jesus.  The King in our story depicts God.  Though not perfect or “a god” by any means, he is used by the Holy Spirit in this story for the purpose of teaching us things about God.

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Esther 5:13
“All this avails me nothing”
‎[(זֶ֕(ה)  אֵינֶ֥נּ(וּ)  שֹׁוֶ֖(ה)  לִ֑(י]<—–(read right to left)

God’s Name appears BACKWARDS in Hebrew in this phrase.  God is turning back the evil designs of the devil, portrayed in the person of our villain, Haman.  It was Haman’s bitterness against the Jews that God turned back on him.  He saw Mordecai the Jew “sitting” at the King’s gate.  He refused to bow before Haman because, being a Jew, he will only bow before God.

Well, the devil hates to see you and I sitting, resting in the finished work.  He wants us to get up, use our arm of flesh, and our own intellect and do something.  But we don’t need to worry or fret.  We have God to rely on for our wisdom and direction.  We move at His word.

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Descendant Of King Agag.
Haman, interestingly enough, was a direct descendant of King Agag.  Remember him?  He was the one King Saul spared in 1 Samuel 15, against God’s law.

He was an Amalekite, a people cursed by God. But wWhen the prophet, “Samuel,” found out about what king Saul did, he took a sword and hacked him up in front of the king!

The Amalekits had, in fact still have, an ancient hatred for the Jews.  IT AVAILS THEM NOTHING.

The Jig Is Up.

And finally, in Esther 7:7, Haman comes to realize that his goose is cooked!
“Evil was determined against him”
‎[(כִּֽ(י)־  כָלְתָ֥(ה)  אֵלָ֛י(ו)  הָרָעָ֖(ה] <——-Read right to left.
God’s Name appears FORWARD in this phrase as He turns the evil that the devil was planning for his people and used it to destroy him instead.  Haman is ultimately hanged on his own 50′ gallows!  How’s that for poetic justice?

This is picture of the devil who was totally defeated at the cross!  HALLELUJAH!

The number “50,” in Bible numerics, is the letter, “nun-[נ].  All Hebrew letters are a picture of something.  “Nun,” is a picture of a fish, a depiction of believers.  Because of the cross, we you and I have full authority over the devil!

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Final Acrostic.
The last time God’s Name appears it is not Yahweh; it is “I AM;” the same “I Am” as at the burning bush.  Moses asked God what His Name was and He said, “I AM THAT I AM,” as you see below.

Here is the phrase from Exodus 3:14.
‎[אֶֽהְיֶ֖ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר אֶֽהְיֶ֑ה]<—–(read right to left)
I am who I am:  ‘Eh’yeh  asher ‘eh’yeh

The King, upon hearing Esther’s words, was enraged.  He demanded to know who would presume to harm his Queen or her people.  He said the following words:
“Who is he and where is he?” in Esther 7:5:

 

(Esther accuses Haman to the King.)


Below is this final Name of God in acrostic form:
‎[מִ֣י ה֥וּ(א) זֶ(ה֙) וְאֵֽ(י)־ זֶ֣(ה) ה֔וּא]<—–(read right to left)

“Who is he and where is he?”  The final letters in each of the four Hebrew words are an acrostic of “I AM—>’eh’yeh.’  From right to left:
‎         [אהיה]
aleph-hei-yod-hei = ‘eh’yeh

The “I Am” of the burning bush singled out and sent the one who would deliver the Jewish people from their slave masters in Egypt.  He is the same I Am Who delivered His people from the devil’s evil plan in Esther’s day.  He is the same I Am Who watches over you and I!


Evil Day.
When your “evil day”–(not “evil days,”- plural – please note) comes and it seems like God is hiding His face, HE ISN’T!  Know and believe that God has provided everything you need to stand.

Even if you feel as if He is far away, know and believe that He is working on your behalf to turn that evil “day”–SINGULAR–into “GOOD DAYS!!!”-plural!

Ephesians 6:13
“13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand IN THE EVIL DAY (singular) and having done all, to STAND.”

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(The Armor of God.)

That’s God’s love letter to us, Church, in the book of Esther!  Please follow the link below to the 6th and final part of this series.  We’ll study how Israel turned back her evil day, completely destroyed her enemies, and gained back even more than before!

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/esther-series-part-6-evil-day-turned-into-victory/

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