Posted on Feb 19, 2015 | 0 comments

As the seasons progress from winter to spring, a very special time period in the history of Israel draws near. For those of you that believe you are part of this House ~ whether grafted-in or bloodline ~ the meaning and depth of this historical time in history should touch your heart and open new insights into the love your King has for you.

But first of all, why would we who have no ‘Jewish’ association want to celebrate this historical date? Why would we, who grew up clothed in Christianity, care what some young Jewish girl did so many years ago in a small town in Persia? Well, for one reason, Paul (or Rav Shaul) tells us in

ROMANS 11:15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.  17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches.  But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.  19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.”  20 Well said.  Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith.  Do not be haughty, but fear.  21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.  22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God:  on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness.  Otherwise you also will be cut off.  23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? (NKJV)

There are many, many other verses that speak of the ‘whole House of Israel’ – the grafting in of ‘others that are not of this flock’ and so many others…it is a study that every believer should take time to understand. But let’s get back to Esther.

Esther, whose Hebrew birth name was Hadassah was an orphan raised by her cousin, Mordecai. As we’ve learned, names mean something in Eastern culture. Here in the west we don’t ascribe to that mindset, but in the Mid-Eastern culture, names were very, very important. We’ll find that out as we go along with the story. Here we find the record of our young lady:

Esther 2:7: “And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.” Esther was the daughter of a Benjamite, Abihail. When Cyrus gave permission for the exiles to return unto Jerusalem she stayed with Mordecai.

estherThe story can be read in the book of Esther and it is quite revealing if you read with ‘seeing’ eyes. This young lady was without mother and father….she trusted her uncle to protect and guide her in the ways of her people, even while being under the conquering rule of a foreign nation. The name of ‘Esther’ is connected with the Persian word for star ~ setareh~ she was the hidden ‘star’ within a foreign and dangerous enemy. Her Hebrew name, Hadassah, actually meant myrtle. Myrtles are both the symbol and scent of Eden (BhM II: 52; Sefer ha-Hezyonot 17).  The leaves, when crushed, as well as the beautiful white flowers are aromatic as well as medicinal.

So putting that together, we have a hidden star who has been crushed under the weight of the enemy, but has risen and overcome and because of that has sent a healing aroma to all who are in her presence. So it is with us ~ we, who are hidden in the vast world around us, crushed under the oppressive realm of the world events or simply just life, must allow the healing scent of our faith become the aroma that surrounds us and that others are drawn to. Are you crushed? Are you the scent that draws others to you? Read more in the Book of Esther on how she walks in healing.

Stay tuned as we explore the method of her preparation in our next message.

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