“I heard a reference to Queen Vashti possibly being a Levite in one of your lessons, and would like to know if you have spoken on that more in other lessons on the Hallel Fellowship site, or if you could provide me with a reference.” —Anna C.
The book of Esther presents multiple characters throughout the storyline that may have a more significant purpose than it first appears. In my view, Queen Vashti is an example of such a character.There are numerous keys throughout the Bible that allow students to “unlock” identities and spiritual meanings of certain events and people we read about. My preferred tools for unlocking information are thematic ties and chiastic structures.
Many wonder why the Book of Esther is in the Bible, because the name of God is not mentioned in it. Yet actually, God is mentioned throughout the account. The main people in the book also are symbols for God, God’s Messiah, Israel and the Adversary, aka haSatan.
Many passages in the Bible were written with a chiastic structure, which is like rhyming patterns in poetry but pairing similar information or concepts instead. That’s one reason why some passages seem to be highly repetitive. The point of chiastic structures is to point the reader to a key concept. Daniel explains that the Book of Esther is one large chiastic structure, focusing on a messianic prophecy in the middle.
One common smear against God in recent times is that He is “an absentee landlord” or “a blind watchmaker” Who may have set everything in motion but now doesn’t care or doesn’t get involved. Many then blame Him for the evil and suffering that goes on in the world, particularly to those who it appears to us don’t deserve it, such as a dying family member or a starving child.
Hallel Fellowship celebrated Purim with a fun take on the deadly serious account of the thwarted genocide of the Yehudim (Jews) living in exile in Persia in the fifth century B.C.E.
To follow along with the recorded drama, download Tammy’s condensation of the book of Esther for six readers (PDF) and many more actors of all ages.
Narrator: Jeff. King: John. Haman: Susan. Supporting characters (Memukhan, Zeresh, servants, etc.): Carmel. Esther: Rose. Mordecai: Bill K.
King: Joshua. Mordecai: William. Haman: Daniel. Vashti: Annemarie. Esther: Jordan. Zeresh: Tara. Court attendants: Isaac, Jacq, Sunny.
Themes in the book of Esther and Purim
Jeff offers a brief overview of the significance of Purim for believers in Messiah Yeshua.
Hallel Fellowship has been celebrating Purim, the Feast of Lots recorded at the end of the Bible book of Esther, with a dramatic reading of the book with pantomime. The fellowship has developed an hourlong version of the book. Continue reading Book of Esther dramatic reading for Purim available for download