EstherAs we near the end of the Historical section of the Bible – here are a few points of interest regarding the book of Esther:

  1. “Esther” is actually her Persian name (which means “star”). Her Hebrew name is “Hadassah” (which means “myrtle”). It is interesting that her Persian name is used throughout this book. This is probably due to the time it was written (Persia/Medea ruled the world) – and also was a contributing factor to this book being left out of most Hebrew copies of the canon of Scripture.

  2. Another complaint regarding this book is it’s seeming lack of containing the name of God. Along with Ruth, the book of Esther has had a bad rap due to this unfortunate stigma. What most people do not realize is that – while true that in our English translation there is no mention of God – in the original Hebrew writing we see God’s Name secretly hidden in several passages – such as 1:20; 5:4; 5:13; and 7:7. In those verses – in the original Hebrew language – we see what is known as the Tetragrammaton “YHVH” (where we get the name “Yahweh”).

    For instance – Esther 5:4 is written like this in Hebrew: יבוא המלך והמן היום Each word begins with a letter from the Name of God – YHVH. The presence of the divine name in Esther (and also Psalm 96:11) has been known for a very, very long time. It is no secret bible code. Ancient Jewish scribes created notes in their manuscripts telling those who copied the text that it was okay to write the divine name in these two verses because it was part of the original text. It was a common scribal practice in the ancient world to use the first letters of a series of words, verses, or sentences to include some sort of information.

  3. Finally – what is the main purpose of the book of Esther? What is the main theme and message? As we have already previously discussed – it is highly probable that these events took place before Ezra/Nehemiah – during the time when the Israelites were in captivity for 70 years in Babylon. This situation – where Esther is used by God to save and preserve His chosen people – is the main point to this book. Since the beginning – Satan has been in a full on assault of God’s people.

    And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.“Gen 3:15

    Satan is well aware of this prophetic promise from God recorded in the above verse. Because of this, he has been trying to eliminate the Jewish people throughout history. So far we have seen his attempts by using the Philistines, Edomites, Amorites, – and now Haman (a descendant of the Amalekites – whom God cursed in Ex 17:14-16). Even in modern times we have seen this same satanic plan acted out in the Holocaust.

    Although these tricks of Satan are not new… the main message of Esther is that God will preserve these people – as He promised over and over again to Abraham, David etc. In this book we see that God will even use people who do not know Him to help fulfill His promises. As with Cyrus – King Ahasuerus is simply a pawn in this game. God is faithful!

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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