29. Then Queen Esther the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew gave full power (written authority), confirming this second letter about Purim.
30. And letters were sent to all the Jews, to 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, in words of peace and truth.
31. To confirm that these days of Purim should be observed at their appointed times, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had commanded (the Jews), as they had ordained for themselves and for their descendants in the matter of their fasts and their lamenting. Amp.
Esther was a picture of the bride of Christ. The king chose her over the 1st Queen because she refused to come when He called. We must also come when our King calls. The story of Esther is so much like the bride of Christ in so many ways.
When Mordecai tells her about Haman’s plot against the Jews and asks her to make supplication to the king for their lives, what does she do?
- She fasts
- She asks for others to fast for her
- She puts on her royal robes
- She stands in the inner court
- She obtained favor in the king’s sight
- She draws near to the king and touches the scepter
- He asks, “What is your request, it shall be granted?”
- She asks for dinner or “communion” with the king & Haman.
There is so much symbolism here that is like our relationship with Jesus and how we fight the enemy today. We must put on the robes of righteousness which is the blood of Jesus and His righteousness ascribed to us. We must come before Him in the inner court of His House with thanksgiving in our heart and into His courts with praise.
The priest in the Old Testament came only once a year and had to be free from sin or they would be struck dead in the Holy of Holies. There was a law in Esther’s day, if you went before the king without him calling for you, you could also lose your life. That is why she fasted. She was risking her life for her people.
We also must lose our life if we would make any difference in the Kingdom of God. But we know that Esther and Mordecai won the favor of the king and sent letters to all the Jews warning them to fight.
The Jews then had rule over those that hated them. It was turned to the contrary. The fear of the Jews had fallen on the people. Instead of being exterminated they had a celebration of feasting and gladness. They had relief and rest from their enemies.
We can learn from Esther and Mordecai not to bow before the enemy. We must have a right relationship with our King Jesus so that we keep on our royal robes of righteousness entering into the inner court everyday so that we obtain His favor.
Psalm 65:4 Blessed happy fortunate to be envied is the man whom you choose and cause to come near, that he may dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. Amp.