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Messianic symbols, message in the Book of Esther

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.

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Structure of the Book of Esther points to messianic prophecy

Purim 2011 - court of King Xerxes
King Akhashverosh (center) with Mordecai (to his left), Haman (to the king's right) and attendants

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.

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Purim — God loads the purim for His glory

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.

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Purim — an interactive condensed drama from the book of Esther

Haman tries to convince Akhashverosh (Xerxes) to honor him.
Haman tries to convince king Akhashverosh (Xerxes) to honor him, setting up the confrontation with the Jews that leads to the miraculous deliverance of Purim.

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.

The Script

PDF Download the book of Esther script in PDF format (152KB)

Readers

Narrator: Jeff. King: John. Haman: Susan. Supporting characters (Memukhan, Zeresh, servants, etc.): Carmel. Esther: Rose. Mordecai: Bill K.

Actors

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.

‘Esther’s Legacy’ — a historical look at numerous assaults against Jews and the response from by-standers

by Eric Voogd and Tikvah
March 9, 2009

Note from Hallel.info: Tikvah is a friend of Hallel Fellowship, and some have asked for the link to the article. Views expressed aren’t necessarily those of Hallel Fellowship.

In the Book of Esther, Mordecai encourages Esther to stand up for her people in the face of powers bent on destruction of the Jews (Esther 4:13-14). This article takes a historical look of various attacks against the community and the nation and compares these assaults to the patterns shown in the Book of Esther.

http://www.israelunitycoalition.org/news/article.php?id=3748