Posted on Mar 11, 2017 | 0 comments

We all know the story – have read it a hundred times – is there anything new in there? Let’s see if we can look back in time and dig a little deeper shall we?

Setting aside all the nuances of Esther and Haman and Mordechai and the King, let’s look at a layer that is right there before us, but glanced over for what we deem to be mystical and spiritual. Now I have everyone’s attention – yes? What don’t we know about this Queen?

Well, first of all – this short excerpt will barely scratch the surface but we will scratch anyway. It will then be up to you to pursue the road less traveled and discover the nuggets that are hidden in plain sight in the book of Esther, the concealed Queen where Yahuah (God) is never mentioned even once!

First of all, remember that in the beginning of the story the narrator makes sure that we know that both Esther and Mordechai hail from the tribe of BENJAMIN. First clue! Then if we slow down even further and actually examine the words that Esther and Mordechai actually speak (to each other and to the King) – oh my! It will blow your mind and have you retracing your steps all the way back to Genesis! Are you scratching your head at this point and asking what is she talking about?

Well, let’s take a look at what Mordechai says to Esther after finding out about the decree that Haman was able to finagle out of the King to annihilate a whole group of people! His words echo a story … see if you can discover what he is referring to. Mordechai says to Esther:

If you keep silent at this time, salvation will come to the Jews from somewhere else, and you and your father’s house will be destroyed. And who knows if it was for this moment that you became queen? Esther 4:14

Think about that ….he offers her a way out of doing this (because she knows she may be killed on the spot for entering the King’s presence without permission), but then he says that her and her father’s house will be destroyed anyway! What? What is he really saying here? There must be more to this then meets the eye! And there is. First of all, when do cowards deserve death? Even in Deuteronomy it tells us the Kohen would ask the soldiers going out to war if they were afraid to go home. They didn’t wipe out the cowards…why is Mordechai offering her an opt out card but saying she will be annihilated anyway?

Well, again, we must remember that her father’s house was the House of Benjamin. She was not from the tribe of Judah, even though this ‘nation‘ fell under the banner of being called ‘Jews’. When Persia conquered Babylon, many of the exiles of Judah (and a bit of Benjamin and a few other tribal stragglers) were then carted off to Persia. But, let’s leave that for a minute and see what else is said and tie it together a bit more.

Purim is a time of ‘remembering’ it is called the Parshat Zachor – or the Parsha of Remembrance. And Mordechai is hinting to her to ‘remember’ the family. Esther does remember, she remembers all the way back to when ‘the family’ the brothers of her ancestor Joseph sold him to a bunch of traveling Ishmalites and wiped their hands of his destiny. They were going to kill him, but then Judah spoke up and encouraged them to just ‘sell him’ so that there would not be any blood on their hands. Interesting you say, but where are we going with this? Please hold on – we’ll get there.

So she approaches the King and finds his favor to come near and her words ring out – “Please save my people” … uhh…no… that’s not what she actually said – she said “COME TO DINNER“! Again – we say WHAT? She invites him to a dinner – and to top it off she also invites Haman? What nonsense is this you might ask! I certainly did and I’m sure the King was asking the same question in his own heart.

So let’s move on – the dinner goes exceptionally well, despite the fact that the King must have scratched his head once or twice wondering why she wanted to entertain Haman. But Haman left in an altered state – he was head over heels believing he was so important and proceeded to go home to tell his wife and friends how blessed he was. Unfortunately he met Mordechai along the way who did not bow to him and it set his rage afire. His wife suggested building a gallows for Mordechai and beseeching the King to let him kill the Jew.

Well, as you know, the story proceeds that the King & Haman are not able to sleep that nite and just by coincidence they meet up.  The King reads where he has not rewarded Mordechai for his loyalty and asks Haman what he would do if he wanted to honor a man of the kingdom. Haman thinks the King is talking about  him and suggests his own fantasy!  Haman is certainly put in his place when he has to lead Mordechai all around the kingdom in the King’s clothes, seated on the King’s horse and wearing the King’s crown! How humiliating for him! Then of course comes the next banquet that Esther sets for the two of them. Haman’s bubble has been burst and must be wondering what is going on and we can only imagine what the King is thinking at this point.

Imagine that second banquet spread out before the two of them. The table is set, the wine is flowing and the King again asks Esther – ‘tell me your request – up to half my kingdom is yours‘!  What does she reply? Listen carefully:

“If I have found favor in the king’s eyes, and if it pleases the king – then give me my life as my request, and [the life of] my people as my petition. For me and my people have been sold – to be destroyed, killed, and annihilated…” (Esther 7:3-4)

The king says WHO is going to kill MY Queen? And there you have it – its all out in the open –she has stealthily let the King know that she DOES have a people, that she is  a member of another nation and that her people are to be killed! The King jumps on the first part – someone is about to kill HIS QUEEN! Does he even hear the rest of what she says? He storms out of the banquet and when he returns, the eunich that brought Haman to the party just happens to slip and tell the King that Haman had built a gallows in his yard to hang Mordechai on! Well, perfect answer – the King demands that Haman be hanged on his own gallows! So be it.

Continue on to Part 2 if you are up to it 🙂

 

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