I love, love (LOVE!) the Book of Esther (Hadassah). It is power-packed with lessons of pride, prejudice, ignorance and shame, and rewards of wisdom and truth. It shows how the Most High is always, always in control. In this post, I will share some of the lessons that have encouraged me in my personal walk.
In the celebration of Purim (also known as Feast of Lots), we read and re-read the story with great dramatization. Of course, I will not make a repeat of it all here, I only encourage you to study the book in depth. Know its historical importance. Study the characterizations of not only Hadassah, but Vashti, Haman, Mordechai, and King Ahasuerus. (We can even learn from Hegai and Hatach!)
LIVE, LEARN, GROW, PRODUCE
Perhaps you have heard the saying, an apple never falls far from the tree . . . From its fruit, we learn of its origin. A tree that does not bear fruit stands in silence, unless someone inquires and another knows of it. It is either young and not yet reached its flowering and fruit bearing stage, or it is dead (for whatever reason) and waiting to be uprooted. Either way, silence is powerful, and it has its perfected timing and place.
In Esther (Hadassah) 2:10 and verse 20, we are told that Mordechai instructed Hadassah not to “make known” her people, or her kindred. She was to be silent and she obeyed. He understood the importance of preparation.
Have you ever noticed, it is the people who bear “no fruit” that are always trying to “tell” others who they are (because there is no evidence of anything else)? They end up producing a lot of noise and chatter. Yet, even a tree that is fruitful can stand in silence. You will know them by their fruits, nu?
Understandably, Hadassah was young and tender, and Mordechai was very wise. While he did not know her exact calling, he knew for certain how important it was for her to remain on path, to learn and grow, to mature, to be ready for anything—for even in this unfortunate event (of her being taken) there was a greater purpose in the works. (There always is.)
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
Esther (Hadassah) 3:8
And, Haman said unto king Ahasuerus: ‘There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from those of every people; neither keep they the king’s laws; therefore, it profiteth not the king to suffer them.”
The Hebrews had become a problem to Haman. For, Haman hated Mordechai—not because of the color of his skin, mind you—but because of his actions and the God he served. In the ancient days, it was always about the God you served. (Who is your God?!) That is one of the reasons I love the Book of Hadassah, so much. It brings to light the ugliness in some our present-day challenges.
THE GREAT DIVIDE
There is no word for racism in Torah. The classification of people by their complexion has no foundation in truth or science. The divide of the world by color-line is a social exploitation created by Europeans after the Renaissance when the “black” nations of Africa and Asia had great influence over the world (economically, educationally, politically, etc.) and Europe was in a state of “darkness”.
The “white” man created a system that was further developed over time to invoke oppression and demise, and it has been the detriment of all peoples and nations, even unto this day. They classified men into races and deemed themselves superior, and they spread their lies by the sword.
Every nation on this earth has followed suit, pushing their “black to the back” to disassociate and cling to the “white” affinity. Ahh, the madness, the frenzy, the fear . . . Although the social myth of racism is a lie, the hatred is tragically real. The true Hebrews were scattered into the shroud of nations and many dark-skinned peoples . . . to be forgotten . . . and just disappear. Racism was just supposed to be another nail in the coffin to keep it shut . . . keep us hidden. But we multiplied and busted loose. (I feel like bustin’ loose!)
While, for a time, we might have “forgot” ourselves, we have never been forgotten, for surely, not by our God. YAH has always been in control. For those of us in a covenant relationship with the Most High, if we continue to operate and believe the lie, we will get caught-up and miss out on our true purpose and the lessons of Purim.
If we focus on complexion, we get stuck in “the physical” and in pride, developing a victim mentality. If we focus on our God (as we should) everything else is but a little thing, for you know the truth and you see the lie for what it is. We are hated for HIS NAME’S SAKE. He said it would be. There is no surprise. We must be the victor, not the victim.
The Hebrews have been hated by every nation and all peoples of the earth. In the last dispersion, our true names, our language, our lands, the truth of the God we serve . . . Our story was striped from us, usurped, and hellenized, then forced-fed back to us in a covert of racial philosophy and religious paganism. (Daniel 7:25 . . . they thought to change times and laws.) The whole world has been deceived.
Though shalt not abhor an Edomite for he is thy brother; thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian, because though wast a stranger in his land.Deuteronomy 23:7
I suppose, if you’re not in a covenant relationship serving YAH, and Y’shua HaMashiach is not your savior, you probably have nothing but hatred to fall back on. It is no secret, as Hebrews, we were willing to abandon the Most High because we lusted after and wanted so much to be like the other nations and serve other gods, again, again, and again.
Thus, as a nation, the curses of Deuteronomy fell upon us. (But of course, that is not the end of our story.) Because of our fall, we became an example to the whole world, making way, an opening, a gateway for the gentile nations. There is hope for us all.
When a person becomes aware of the reality of the Most High, all the lies and deceit of this world cannot stand up to his truth. Even, the pleasures of this world are no comparison to a personal relationship with our Creator. YAH’s truth is transcending, and nothing is more important than becoming the called-out people he destined us to be. All nations are to be blessed through us, and many will join themselves to us, embracing Torah, because of the greatness of our God, the God of Israel.
Esther (Hadassah) 8:17
And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Hebrews had gladness and joy, a feast and a good day. And many from among the peoples of the land became Jews (or proselytes) for the fear of the Hebrews was fallen upon them.
ARE YOU READY?
So many opportunities are missed because when people show up, they aren’t ready; they aren’t properly prepared. Ask yourself . . . The life you have lived up to this point . . . has it been worth the effort?
When the time comes for you to make a difference in the life of your people, your kindred, will you be ready? Are you willing to take the stance of Hadassah in whatever YAH calls you to do?
“ . . . And if I perish, I perish.”
Are you playing with your years . . . your months . . . your days . . . and your hours? Are you scattering your thoughts and efforts, your words and deeds to the wind? Are you focused on the right things, the right goals? Are you aware that YAH has a calling for you, and that you are purposed in life?
Then Mordecai bade them to return answer unto Esther: ‘Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Hebrews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then will relief and deliverance arise to the Hebrews from another place, but thou and thy father’s house will perish; and who knoweth whether thou art not come to royal estate for such a time as this?’
(Chag Purim Semeach!)