I like watching CSI or any crime scene shows; I can stay up late at night just watching those stuff. I don’t know why but there is something about investigating and seeking clues for answers that I like so much.
I forgot who told me and inspired me to do this (maybe it was my dad) but I was given a challenge to look for Jesus in the Old Testament. Sure, It’s easy to look for Jesus in some of the books because “The Messiah” was prophesied in many of the Old Testament writings, but to look for Jesus in Esther? God was not even mentioned in that book! Hmmm . . .
But it wasn’t long enough until I found traces of God in her story. It was as if God intentionally left His fingerprints, and even though He was not mentioned pieces of evidence still point to Him.
Then I found Jesus, paralleled to the life of Esther:
• Listening and following
Esther. She listens and follows instruction from the people whom she knew would take care of her. First one is Mordecai, her cousin . . .
Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so. (Esther 2:10)
. . . and the other one was Hegai, the king’s eunuch in charge of the harem.
When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. (Esther 2:15)
Jesus. He listens and follows His Father’s voice.
I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. (John 14:31)
Esther. By listening to Mordecai, Esther took the risk of being killed by approaching king Xerxes (for nobody approaches the king unless summoned). The queen accepted her fate and said, “If I perish, I perish.” And the king granted her favor; the Jews were spared from the genocide and Esther lived and reigned as queen.
13“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13,14)
Jesus. By listening to His Father He knew that He was going to die. Unlike Esther, Jesus has no ifs—He is going to be led to the cross for the sins He did not commit. But this time not just to save the, Jews but all mankind. Although He asked His Father to take it away, yet He obeyed and accepted His fate.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
• Prayer and fasting
Esther. All the Jews in Susa prayed and fasted for Esther.
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. . . .” (Esther 4:16)
Jesus. No one prayed for Him, but He Himself prayed to His Father.
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” (Matthew 26:36)
Esther. She was an ordinary girl, a commoner, who was crowned into royalty to fulfill her purpose.
Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. (Esther 2:17)
Jesus. A Royalty who came down from His throne and became like one of us to fulfill His purpose.
2The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. (John 19:2,3)
Reading and studying the book of Esther made me realize two things:
1) You can find Jesus in any book of the Bible (and yes that includes Esther and Song of Songs)
2) Even if God was not mentioned doesn’t mean He’s not there.
How about you? Do people know that you are a follower of Jesus even if we don’t always mention His name? Do our lives reflect Him?
Note: If you want to study more about Esther, read pastor Steve Murrell’s blog 5 Leadership Lessons from an Orphan Girl Who Saved a Nation.
Current mood: Tetelestai! Lord thank you!