TODAY’S READING: ESTHER 6-10
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the words God and lord are never used in the book of Esther. Yet, the story reveals to us much about the Father and Jesus as it is a wonderful allegory.
Take the time to read chapters six through 10, keeping in mind King Ahasuerus as a picture of the Father, Mordecai as a picture of Jesus, and Haman as a picture of Satan.
A CONVERSION BETWEEN THE FATHER AND SATAN
As I read Esther 6:1-10, I could see this being a conversation between the Father and Satan.
The Father knows what Jesus has done and wants to honor him. As the Father was speaking with his angels, he asked who was in the court.
Satan had just entered the court. He wanted to speak to the Father about Jesus and accuse him for breaking the law. Indeed, Satan wanted to hang Jesus upon a tree that he had prepared.
When the Father found out Satan was in the court, he told his angels to let him come in. But, before Satan could say anything, the Father said, “What should be done to the man whom the Father delights to honor?”
The Father knew Satan was full of pride. He knew what Satan would think about this question. And, indeed Satan said to himself, “Whom would the Father delight to honor more than me?”
Thinking that he would be the one to be honored, Satan said to the Father, “For the man whom the Father delights to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the Father has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set. And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the Father’s most bole officials. Let them dress the man whom the Father delights to honor, and let them him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the Father delights to honor.'”
Being so full of pride and knowing that surely whatever he said should be done to the man the Father wanted to honor would be done, Satan asked for what would make him equal to the Father. He wanted everything the Father had – all his power and authority.
But to Satan’s surprise, the Father told Satan to do give everything he had just stated (thinking it was for himself) to Jesus. So, despite his unquenchable desire to be the Father, Satan had to hand over the power and authority of the Father to Jesus. Satan even had to say, “Thus shall it be done to Jesus whom the Father delights to honor.”
Satan thought he would ride through the city on a horse in a victory parade. But, instead Jesus triumphed over Satan and put him to an open shame.
Satan went home and mourned, lamenting everything that happened. But, Satan’s followers told him, “If Jesus, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him.”
Jesus was of the Jews. Indeed, he was the Jew. So, Jesus saw Satan fall like lightning.
When the Father found out Satan’s plans for the people of Jesus, the Father said Satan should be hung on the tree he had prepared for Jesus. For, while it looked like Jesus was defeated on the tree Satan had prepared to hang him on, it was actually Satan that was destroyed on that tree.
It was Satan’s destruction on that tree, not that of Jesus, that abated the wrath of the Father. For on that tree, Jesus showed the love that he had for the Father and all his people. That display of love was to the Father’s glory. That display of love was like wrath to Satan. It destroyed Satan since he only dealt in fear and not love.
SATAN’S WEAPON, DEATH, CAME BACK ON HIS HEAD
Satan was the enemy of all of Jesus’ people. He had plotted against all of Jesus’ people to destroy them. What was his plot? To hold them in slavery to the fear of the death, thereby getting of all Jesus’ people to believe his lies and murder themselves. This was Satan’s plan to bring death and destruction to his enemies.
But, when the plan was found out, the Father gave orders that Satan’s evil plan against all of Jesus’ people should return back on Satan’s own head. The Father, and Jesus, would use Satan’s own weapon, death, against him.
So, Jesus died but rose again to show all his people that death, the fear of it and slavery to it, had been defeated. Jesus defeated Satan and his weapon of death through his own death. Therefore, death had returned upon Satan’s own head.
There’s so much more that could be said about these chapters and how they portray what Jesus has done for us. And, I haven’t even mentioned Esther, who I think could be pictured as the Holy Spirit (although I’m undecided on this).