Studies

Marriage Part 2 – The Law of Jealousies

The Law of Jealousies in Marriage

Introduction

The purpose for the institution of marriage is being shown us [Part 1] and it demonstrates the relationship between Christ and His Head. When we are granted to understand the purpose for the marriage union, we are then being able to understand the necessity of strong, healthy families to have a strong, healthy nation increase within us, spiritually speaking first. There is always an outward application.

Zec 2:10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

Zec 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.

Joh 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.

The Father, from the beginning, has purposefully created a waster, to destroy our marriage with our Head.

Isa 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

Rom 7:14 for we have known that the law [Christ’s] is spiritual, and I am fleshly, sold by the sin;

The waster knows to tempt us to take matters into our own hands [our own reasonings, falling into our own lusts] and be unequally yoked [2 Co 6:14] with the nations within, our emotions getting the better of us [bound by the law].

Pro 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

1Co 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

We are to retain and strengthen our marriage, and we see it is the unbeliever who leaves a marriage. Think within and without. The believer always seeks to nourish and strengthen the marriage …… take heed to deal well with our souls, the Word of God within, takes heed to nourish and strengthen our marriage to Christ. Lies do not stand against the Truth.

Mal 2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore, take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

With that said, let us today study the topic of jealousy in the context of marriage. Think physical and spiritual, there is only One Lawgiver, which is Christ.

Jealousy

Scriptures reveal that jealousy, like every emotion, is a good thing to have when it is “godly jealousy”, which does not allow the waster to defile our marriages.

1Jn 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

We are Christ’s, child bearer, Christ is jealous of us ….. cruel as the grave, lies and lovers will have to go.

Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Exo 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Pro 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

This is the reason for Christ’s coming:

1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

If we have other lovers [idols of the heart], married to our father, the devil [lies & lovers], and our mother, that great harlot [disobedience], misery is coming.

Jer 4:30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

When we depart from Christ’s Words, misery is finding us. Having other lovers, being under the law of the gentiles, yoked with the nations inside of us, confusion and every foul deed follows.

2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

We are each other’s helpers and need to take heed in the physical always. When we speak about physical marriages, we are to admonish each other as sisters, to be wives to our husbands even to unbelieving husbands. We obey Christ [Truth]rather than men [lies] but we certainly look at the physical aspects of our marriages as Christ instructs us to do. Is the inside of the cup clean, or do we only have a form of godliness? Our examples to our husbands go a long way.

Mat 15:18  but the things coming forth from the mouth from the heart do come forth, and these defile the man;

Mat 15:19  for out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, whoredoms, thefts, false witnessings, evil speakings:

Christ’s wife identifies with Him and wants to please and glorify Him alone! Christ’s wife is as jealous of Him as He is of her. Paul had a godly jealousy towards the Church, to present them without spot and wrinkle [2 Co 11:2].

1Ki 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

With the understanding that jealousy has a positive application, and that godly jealousy strengthens a marriage, we see that the end goal of positive godly jealousy is to present us a chaste virgin. We now consider a jealous spirit. Unjustified [not judged] jealousy destroys a marriage. Where there is faith [a gift], there is unity. It is grace through faith that is saving us. We have to be judged and see if our works are remaining.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

When we are given the trial of losing our first love, we see Christ’s instructions for how that trust [returning to Him] is to be restored. We look at the OT shadow which points to the spiritual reality of the matter. Think within first, here is how we are judged to see whether we are guilty or not.

Num 5:12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,

Num 5:13 And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner;

The words “with the manner” are not in Hebrew. We are being told is that she was not “taken in adultery, in the very act”.

Joh 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

There are no witnesses in this example, and when a woman is suspected by her husband of being adulterous, pointing to what is going on in our minds, not in the act; are there lies in our heavens, do we have other lovers, idols of the heart?

Num 5:14 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:

A jealous man is a dangerous man. Being defiled is being disobedient.

Pro 6:32  But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
Pro 6:33  A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
Pro 6:34  For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
Pro 6:35  He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

We all, are guilty of leaving our first love through the traditions of our fathers [old mindsets]. Christ provides a way to deal with this in a manner that keeps us clean [doctrine] and undefiled [obedience] and provides safety for a woman [Body, the Bride] who is being falsely accused by her jealous husband. Let us look at the OT example of how Christ cleanses us through the washing of water by the Word.

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Here is the law [shadow] of jealousies.

Num 5:29 This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;

Num 5:15 Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.

Whether there is basis for the husband’s jealousy is to be determined. The oil which represents acceptance by the Spirit of God and His Christ and the frankincense which represents the joy of that acceptance are not to be a part of this offering, which instead brings iniquity to remembrance. This man and the priest are both types of Christ, but it is Christ as His Body, in an earthen vessel, and this woman being us, as His Bride, who is also of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle.

Num 5:16 And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD:

Num 5:17 And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:

Now we have dust in the holy water of the laver. Moses was commanded to sanctify the laver, and it was only the fact that the laver was sanctified that this water is holy water and is now capable of judging this accused woman in this OT witness.

Exo 40:11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.

Here is this laver and holy water which judge us in NT terms:

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

These rivers of living water are the words of Christ [John 6:63] judging us all.

Joh 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

This holy water which is capable of making such judgments is in an earthen vessel, made of dust, and that holy water is combined with the dust of the tabernacle which symbolizes the same thing as the earthen vessel itself. In Adam, we are all the dust of the ground. It was the dust of the earth that was given to the serpent for his nourishment [Gen 3:14], and yet the same dust, also called an earthen vessel is becoming the “flesh and… bones” of Christ [Eph 5:30].

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

1Sa 2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

Christ is using earthen vessels to execute His judgments within His Bride. Christ’s own anointed and sanctified “holy water” into which is placed “dust from the floor of the tabernacle”, both being in “an earthen vessel” is supernaturally, through this law of jealousy, discerning the spirits within His Bride.

Num 5:18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:

Placing the offering in her hand symbolizes her willingness to be judged and to be purified by the holy water that is judging her. Uncovering her head is a symbol of shame, because it is a shame for a woman’s head to be uncovered [1 Co 11:5-6] It is the priest who executes the judgment of this woman [church].

Num 5:19 And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse:

This water symbolizing the Word of God causes a curse to come upon us when we are serving our belly. It is bitter in [our] belly [Rev 10:9] because our belly is the symbol for the desires of the carnal-mind flesh which is enmity against God [Rom 8:6-7].

Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

We receive Christ with joy and love the sweetness thereof in our spiritual youth when we first encounter Truth. But when we are made to face the trials that come with being faithful to those words, then the sweet words become bitter in our belly. We lose our first love. Christ tells us that we are dust and will return to dust because we are marred from the beginning, the serpent tells us the we are spirit like God and cannot die. Who are we believing?

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Physical death shadows spiritual death [disobedience]. What is said in hidden language is that only the faithful [Word of God] is remaining [always on going]. We have to become doers and not only hearers of Christ. If we obey our carnal thoughts [lies, lovers], which are our own lusts, when we know not to do that, that is lust, seed of the serpent, works of the flesh.

Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

We are being married to Christ, have the gift of faith, yet lies with another.

Num 5:20 But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband:

Num 5:21 Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;

Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

This “swelling of the belly” has nothing to do with becoming fruitful and bringing forth children to God’s glory. This “swelled belly” is a deadly inflammation which results from having a thigh that is rotting and is robbing us of our ability to walk upright. We know this is so, because the conception of a child is what a woman who is justified by the bitter waters produces:

Num 5:22 And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.

Num 5:23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

The bitter waters [Word] are fatal to our unfaithfulness, and at the same time the same waters “blot out… these curses”. Here is this same message in the NT

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Joh 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

If we are being judged, seed comes forth.

Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

It is the priest who causes the woman to drink the bitter waters of judgment.

Num 5:24 And he [the priest] shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter.

Num 5:25 Then the priest shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman’s hand, and shall wave the offering before the LORD, and offer it upon the altar:

It is also the priest who receives this offering from the woman and waves it before the Lord, and it is also the priest who burns the offering upon the altar and who “cause[s] the woman to drink the water”. We are each other’s lake of fire.

Num 5:26 And the priest shall take an handful of the offering, even the memorial thereof, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water.

Only after all these commandments have been “diligently” adhered to can a proper judgment be made whether this woman has been unfaithful. Only then will she, and we know the salvation that comes with this judgment being diligently executed upon her/us resulting in set apartness and obedience.

Num 5:27 And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.

What is the outcome of this judgment? Either she has already been judged and purified and will not now be hurt of this judgment, or else she will now be judged for her sins. This is the purpose for all of God’s judgments. We are both women.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

All judgment is the chasten[ing] of the Lord. This is the effects of judgement:

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

The woman who is already judged is conceiving seed.

Num 5:28 And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.

We are all unrighteous, sinning machines made to being destroyed.

Rom 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The priest executes upon her all this law, and keep all of His statutes.

Num 5:29 This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;

Num 5:30 Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law.

This entire law of jealousy is about Christ and His wife, because Scriptures testify of [Christ] and are all part of “the testimony of Jesus Christ”.

1Co 1:5 That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

The Bride of Christ are kings and priests unto Christ who faithfully is executing this law.

Rev 1:6 and made us kings and priests to God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

When we do execute… all this law… the man… shall be guiltless from iniquity and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

Num 5:31 Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

The woman who is not defiled in this law, is cleared through judgment, and she is now free and shall conceive seed [life].

Num 5:28 And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.

Here are the witnesses in the NT when comparing spiritual with spiritual. In this example down below, the renewing mindset is a chaste virgin having been made set-apart, not travailing [she has been already judged], not married to the law, having many more children, being found faithful. The dream is one.

Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bear not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife [law], saith the LORD.

Recap:

We see Christ increasing and we are decreasing, the faithful words of Christ [John 6:63] increasing [the women that conceive seed] and the seed of the serpent, our carnal thoughts, lies and lovers [enmity against Christ], decreasing which are demonstrated by these two women in the OT law of jealousies. In the NT witness: The one stays and the other is taken away.

Mat 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

The one woman who is judged and whose belly swells up, is taken away …. decreasing, hurt of the second death and the other women, who is judged and who remains [Christ], found faithful, conceives and is increasing.

So, the one is scattered [decrease] and the one is gathered [increase]. In this study, we looked primarily within. As noted before, there is always an outward application as well.

Mat 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Faithful is Christ and His Christ. Stay close to the written Word.

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Act 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

So, positive godly jealousy gathers us within, presenting us as chaste virgins [life] and a jealous Spirit which the Lord claims He IS [I am a jealous God] scatters us [death of the old man], makes us decrease being refined in the furnace of affliction.

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

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Studies

Marriage Part 1 – The Spiritual Significance

The Spiritual Significance of Marriage

Introduction

Today we look at the spiritual significance of the many facets of marriage not only to our physical spouses but to our Husband, Christ, which Bride we are as a Body collectively. We know most of these teachings but it behoves us to think and ponder upon our spiritual and physical marriages as it is in our own days of the Lord.

Why do we need marriage? Are there spiritual lessons to be learned? Why was Adam given a woman instead of another man, which is the weaker vessel?

1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Let us lay the foundation, starting at the beginning:

Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Marriage is the mystery Paul speaks about:

Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

The spiritual meaning of “she was taken out of the man” reveals to us this hidden meaning of this verse:

Joh 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

Joh 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

God, the Father, created Christ and in that sense Christ came out from His Head, for the specific purpose of creating the physical universe and for the specific purpose of creating all men of all time, and becoming the Saviour of all. Think giving life.

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Christ was “the firstborn of every creature BECAUSE by him were all things created that are in heaven and in earth…”

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

The spiritual meaning of “sleep” is made clear in the NT.

Joh 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
Joh 11:12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Joh 11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Joh 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Being in “a deep sleep”, is a symbol of being dead. If we are given the understanding that the first Adam is a type of the last Adam, then we will know that the first Adam had to, “in a figure”, die before he could be given a wife who would, just like the last Adam, be given a wife who also must come “out of [Himself]”. Being dead is being in our natural state of unbelief and disobedience.

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Spiritually, we are collectively being the espoused “chaste virgin”, who is the Bride.

2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

It is being accomplished only as Adam’s “deep sleep” typifies, “through death”.

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Christ brought Adam’s wife to him, what is the spiritual lesson?

Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Who gave Christ His wife? It is clear that the Father is, was and will be giving Christ His wife, each in His own order.

Joh 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

Joh 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

The first Adam (a living soul), and Christ (quickening Spirit), the last Adam, both willingly died and die for their respective errant, sinful wives. As He is, so are we [1 John 4:17]:

1Ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman [as the type of Christ’s called out ones] being deceived was in the transgression.

Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Joh 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Only the sons of Christ understand how integral Christ’s espoused wife is to His own purpose, death, resurrection, and inheritance.

Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

The word “for”, translated from the Greek word “dia”, which means “through”. Christ was delivered up to be crucified through our offenses, and was raised from the dead through our justification. The Bride is being given to Christ “through death”.

When looking at the spiritual meaning of flesh and bone, we ask where does Eve come from?

Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Eve coming “out of Adam”, reveals that Christ Himself is the one out of whom Adam came. Christ IS the Word who said, “Let us make man in our image…”

Col 1:16 For by him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Scriptures teach that when God creates another, a second, for that which He created first, under those circumstances, that which is first, becomes the stronger, and becomes the Head of that which was created for the first and preeminent creation.

1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Christ was created before the man, Adam was created before the woman, and the Father is He “of whom are all things” (1Co 8:6). This is the lesson of the institution of marriage. It is through death that the Bride become “bone of [His] bones, and flesh of [His] flesh”. The purpose of showing us that a married couple are to be “one flesh”, spiritually typifying the one spiritual mind of the one body of Christ and His Bride.

Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

The earthy type is created in a “marred… made to be destroyed” condition, the spiritual anti-type is being made to be of an “immortal” condition, “a spiritual body” [1 Cor 15:44].

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made [” marred… in the Potter’s hand”] subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Adam called her Eve because she is the mother of all living. She is the weaker vessel.

Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

The wife is being made for the husband for the purpose of giving life to others by her husband. The headship of God over Christ, and Christ being the Head of the man, and the man being the head of the woman, is all ordained to be symbolized by a man having short hair and thereby having an “uncovered… head”. The same symbol of submission to God’s ways is also symbolized by a woman having her head covered by her long hair. Please study 1 Co 11:4-7.

What is the point being made?

1Co 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. [and Christ for His Head]
1Co 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. [As the man was created for Christ]
1Co 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels [the messengers of Christ].

1Co 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
1Co 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

1Co 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

What does “uncovered” mean?

1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
1Co 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

This lesson reveals the submissive, fruitful function that Christ fulfils for His Head.

1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Col 1:15 Who [Christ, whose “head… is God”] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Tit 3:8  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. 

 Christ is the Firstborn of every creature:

Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist

We are being taught by the institution of marriage that there is no trinity. The invisible things are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made [Rom 1:20]. We sit at the Lord’s table in a prescribed manner.

1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Christ is integral to His Head and we are integral to Christ:

1Co 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

The man is by the woman tells us that Christ is a woman to His Head. Marriage teaches us that we are the weaker vessel, the called-out bride of our Husband and   reveals to us that Christ is the weaker vessel, in His relationship to His Head, by whom the Father has chosen to give life to all men. We are being saved by giving birth, not only to be married to Christ but giving Him children [a renewed mindset].

1Ti 2:15  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. 

Likened it unto getting married to Christ as being given faith as a gift, and bearing children is grace working through faith, in other words becoming doers of the true doctrine of Christ. So, faith comes by hearing [as a gift] and grace comes through trials. Our trials are to die to self.

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

 Heb 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 

How do we find a wife [new mindset]?

Pro 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Remember, it is a good thing finding a wife, we still have to walk the marriage out! Let us look at how not to find a wife:

“Falling in love” is nothing more than falling in lust because every man is drawn away by his own lust.

Jas 1:14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 

Jas 1:15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 

We certainly need to be in love with our Husband, Christ, but never out of control, meaning not to give in to seducing spirits:

1Co 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
1Co 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

So, godly love is something we are dragged to, through fiery trials, and that we do not just naturally fall into loving our spiritual husband Christ.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Twice in the life of Samson we are shown what our uncontrolled emotions will produce within our lives. The first was his Philistine wife and the second was his experience with the harlot Delilah. Here is Samson’s out-of-control, impatient, rebellious words to his parents [The Father and Christ], after “falling in love”. This is us spiritually in our seasons.

Jdg 14:2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

We are as blind as bats when we are under the law, having false doctrines in our heavens listening to men [lies], tickling the ears and having many idols of the heart whilst and after being married to Christ. We lose our first love.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Joh 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Joh 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Samson and the Pharisees are types of us when we place our trust in the old covenant and the law of the gentiles to the exclusion of Christ’s Words concerning whom we are to marry. Israel, a spiritual type of God’s called-out people, was commanded to marry only another Israelite, and they were specifically prohibited from marrying anyone who was of another way of thinking and that is foremost within and without.

Deu 7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
Deu 7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy themthou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
Deu 7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

These nations were driven out, and we receive faith as a gift. Now we are not to lose our first love but we do and then the miraculous work of Christ within us takes place, destroying that which just naturally submit to the “seven nations greater and mightier than [we are]”. Those seven nations, idols of the hearts, in our heavens, is what turn us away from our spouse, Christ. We have many mindsets, before through fiery trials, our minds are being renewed day by day.

2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Eph 4:23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 

 We are being forced to acknowledge our blindness, and die to self, before we are being delivered from the people [emotions] who are in the land of God’s people without the benefit of true circumcision. Going from hearing to doing is what is symbolized in this example. We have mixed multitudes within us that needs circumcision.

Jdg 16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

Falling in love produces the works of the flesh, and is, was and will be in every case, the opposite of “listen[ing] diligently to the voice of the Lord. In every case “the voice of the Lord” was/is completely ignored by those who “fell in love”, and the voice of the “the tempter… the devil is being heard and obeyed.

David lay with [another man’s wife] because he “fell in love with her”. He was supposed to go forth to battle, but sent others and in type he took a break from diligently listening to the voice of the Lord” [2 Sa 11;1-5]. When we diligently listen to Christ, and keep his commandments, we are doing spiritual battle. We take a break, trust in our own vision and pay a terrible and humiliating price in our days.

Recap:

Christ teaches us “the manifold wisdom of God”, and how to strengthen our marriages and how to grow in Spirit “by the church”, and that His Body of called-out believers speak in His behalf:

Luk 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

We learn that there is no such thing as falling in love, we are dragged to love our mate through the trials of marriage, which teach us that we do not live to ourselves, nor do we die to ourselves. In much patience, we are being saved by grace through faith, a process until the end.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me [Love our husband, Christ], except the Father which hath sent me draw [Greek – hello, meaning ‘drag’] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 

 We learn that not everyone who says they are “in the Lord” is really in the Lord.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Although not discussed, we learn through the examples of Adam, Isaac, and Boaz in the OT Scriptures that God has all of our wives [mindsets] “written in His Book” before we are being born in our day of the Lord, and in His time, He brings our wives to us and renews us. Look with spiritual eyes within. This is also true for the physical.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

We saw through the examples of these three men that it is in our long suffering that we possess both our souls and our marriages:

Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Luk 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

We see verses of Scripture which forbid believers from marrying unbelievers who are not of the same mind. Be diligent and look within first, we are not being able to have two mindsets, because we will love the one and hate the other!

Amo 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

An “unbeliever” includes not only a professing Christian who is not of the same “one mind” of Christ in the physical but foremost the ungodly thoughts we entertain.

2Co 11:4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

Php 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

In the examples of Samson and David, we learn that outward beauty alone [knowledge and tickling of the ears] provokes nothing more than the lust of our flesh [in our tongues and doings], leading us to disobedience and causing us to turn our knowledge of His sovereignty and His grace into a self-righteous, lascivious and permissive spirit.

Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

We do that by being disobedient to what we know, we should be doing.

Rom 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

Finally, we learn that those who marry an unbeliever before they come to know that marriage is “only in the Lord” are never to put away their spouse because that union is also a work of the same God who is working all things after the counsel of His own will for our good. What this says in hidden spiritual language is that the law is good in that it brings us to Christ [Galatians 4].

1Co 7:12 But to the rest [couples where one spouse is not a believer] speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
1Co 7:13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
1Co 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
1Co 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

Lord willing, we will look at more shadows typifying our union with Christ, our Husband, and learn to pay attention to the things He says concerning how to preserve and strengthen the institution of marriage.

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Book of Esther Part 1 – The Main Players

Book of Esther Part 1 – The Main Players

Two Benjamites (meaning son of the right hand H1144 from H1121 & H3225), Mordecai and Esther (types of us), are being used by Christ to save the whole Jewish nation (the Israel of God in type) and bring freedom from the Babylonian and Persian (Egyptian) rule within us and without in due seasons at the appointed times. We are looking within first and see the book of Esther as type and shadow of the mystery of the Kingdom of God (Mark 4:11) being revealed IN US today.

Est 2:5  Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;

Est 2:6  Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.

Est 2:7  And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

The Apostle Paul (a Benjamite), is another example of how Christ is using the tribe of Benjamin. Paul declares that he was in physical terms from this tribe, which he counted as loss to his spiritual connection in Christ (Rom 11:1). This spiritual conversion to deem flesh as nothing, is also seen in the name change from the old Benjamite name of “Saul”, to “Paul” (meaning “little”):

Php 3:4  Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Php 3:5  Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

Php 3:6  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Php 3:7  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Spiritually Benjamin typifies those, who are sealed to be the spiritual Israel of God knowing that they are the wolves who completely devour and destroy the prey of flesh in the evening to eat His Bread in the morning – the resurrection from death (Exo 12:10; Exo 16:12; Psa 50:22; Hos 6:1). We are the witnesses of all the works of Christ in us, we are the wolves that divide the spiritual “spoil” among all in Adam is, was and will be within and without. In this process, we will be used and are being used by Christ to eventually bring spiritual harmony to all through our Head, Jesus Christ, at the appointed times (Oba 1:21; Eph 1:10).

Rev 7:8……Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Isa 11:6  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together…..

Our “first man Adam”, has to die, and that through the death of that “first man Adam.… [our] new man, the last Adam”, is being born into “the kingdom of God.… within [each of us]” (Act 17:20-21). Spiritually speaking we are to count ourselves as having died to our old man and having already been resurrected in our new man, all in “earnest”, down-payment form, yet in spiritual reality.

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Let’s look now at the main players in this ancient story that tells of our spiritual marriage and salvation and all the people of God.

ESTHER

We see that Esther (type of Christ) is a lowly, orphaned Jewish maid, fair and beautiful called to be a queen, called to be the Bride of Christ (Est 2 :5-7), Christ’s true sons.

Luk 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

1Sa 2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

Esther has no lineage, as is Melchisedec, king of Salem, king of Peace, priest of God (Gen 14:18).

Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Psa 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

As He is, so are we (1 John 4:17) and we are being made into a royal priesthood.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

AHASUERUS, THE KING

 Christ and His Bride are being given the kingdoms of this world within via the agency of Ahasuerus, the king of the great Medo-Persian Empire. The way Christ is bringing this about was to cause the king to want to have a feast at which he displayed all the glory of his kingdom to all of His subjects. This is types and shadows of us. All the kingdoms of the world is found in Egypt.

Est 1:1  Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia),

Est 1:2  in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the citadel,

Est 1:3  that in the third year of his reign he made a feast for all his officials and servants—the powers of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the princes of the provinces being before him—

Est 1:4  when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days, one hundred and eighty days in all.

Ahasuerus entertained the princes and nobles of the provinces and then he entertained the common men. He allowed the queen, Vashti, to make a feast for the women in his royal house.

Est 1:5  And when these days were completed, the king made a feast lasting seven days for all the people who were present in Shushan the citadel, from great to small, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace.

Est 1:6  There were white and blue linen curtains fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars; and the couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble.

Est 1:7  And they served drinks in golden vessels, each vessel being different from the other, with royal wine in abundance, according to the generosity of the king.

Est 1:8  In accordance with the law, the drinking was not compulsory; for so the king had ordered all the officers of his household, that they should do according to each man’s pleasure.

Est 1:9  Queen Vashti also made a feast for the women in the royal palace which belonged to King Ahasuerus.

We, as king Ahasuerus (Mat 4:4), as the first Adam, come behind in no gift but are yet carnal. Christ IS not come yet; our day of judgement is not here yet. We are feasting but without Christ. Our drinking is according to the law, and we do so for our own pleasure ….

Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon  your lusts.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is  enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of  God.

Who are we before Christ and His holy angels come to us, before our day of judgement?

Eze 16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

Eze 16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Jud 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Jdg 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

VASHTI

On the seventh day, Ahasuerus, sent for Queen Vashti (typifying Egypt, an earlier type of Babylon) to show off her beauty.

Est 1:12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore, was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.

Vashti was rebellious to the king and it made him angry. God’s plan in action was for Esther to replace Vashti. We are chosen before the world began (2 Tim 1:9).  Vashti, typifies all that is in the world, to be carnally minded, is enmity against Christ and His Christ.

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and  peace.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law  of God, neither indeed can be.

Pro 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

The Lord removes Vashti in order to start placing His bride in charge of the affairs of the kingdoms of this world within and without at the appointed times. What that tells us is that the ten horns on the beast destroys the great harlot before “the kingdoms of this world… become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ”. Ahasuerus, the king, removes Vashti and later in the story he destroys Haman before Mordecai and Esther are being freed from their enemies to place Christ and His Christ on the throne. Mordecai and Esther are types of us.

Rev 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the  whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her  with fire.

Rev 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their  kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

So, the king sends for his wise men to get advice on a decision concerning Vashti according to the law. We, as the king in type and shadow, do not judge according to Christ’s Law but according to the law (Rom 2:15) is, was and will be in due seasons. We do not judge righteously at this point in time. Our carnal reasoning tells us to get rid of Vashti, Egypt does not deliver.

Est 1:16 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.

Est 1:17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.

Est 1:18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king’s princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus, shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Gal 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

A decree is sent out throughout the empire that Vashti comes before the king no more, her royal estate being given to another (Est 1:19) and that wives are to give honour to their husbands (Est 1:20) and that every man bear rule in his own house.

Est 1:20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.

Coming out of Egypt, the Queen to be is being made without spot or wrinkle. Esther goes through a purification process which is the washing of water by the Word.

Est 2:2 Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king:

Est 2:4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave  himself for it;

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse (purification) it with the washing of  water by the word,

Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or  wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Esther is chosen out of all the virgins. She found favor with the keeper of the women, Hegai, God’s plan is at work for His elect (the new replacing the old).

Est 2:8 So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard,  and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the  custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king’s house, to the custody of  Hegai, keeper of the women.

Est 2:9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king’s house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.

Esther obtained favor from all who saw her, including the king. Esther knew who had placed her on the throne of the Medes and the Persians, and she was/is being faithful to her uncle Mordecai (a type of Christ), whom God had used to place her on the throne.

Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own  understanding.

Est 2:17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Esther as types of us is the king’s first love at this stage. The king makes a feast (Esther’s feast Est 2:18) and gives gifts. We, at this stage of our walk through the knowledge of truth that we have, are giving gifts to others. We are rich and increased with goods.

Luk 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

MORDECAI

Esther was charged by Mordechai (an Israelite, H4782), her uncle, not to reveal her kindred. Her time is not ready yet. Let both the wheat and the tares grow together until the time of harvest…. (Matt 13:30)

Est 2:20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai, had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.

Est 2:10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai, had charged her that she should not shew it.

Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

The Lord sets a plan for Mordecai, a “certain Jew”, who had been in captivity to establish his rulership, Mordecai here shadows John, the Baptist, who goes in the spirit of Elias to prepare the king’s heart, to make ready. The king is being saved by Mordecai at this time and shadows us hearing the Word. Spiritually speaking, hearing the Word of God leading to faith (faith comes by hearing Rom 10:17) is the preparation (hearing, trials) leading to the Passover (dying to self) that redeems us. Later in the story, Ahasuerus, the king is troubled, and remembers Mordecai and delights to honour him. As the process of judgement (fiery trials) continues in our lives, we delight in hearing Christ to obey Him.

Luk 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts  of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make  ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Here is how it plays out:

Est 2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bighting and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were worth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

Est 2:22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name.

Est 2:23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore, they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

Let us take note that Ahasuerus loved Esther more than the other women but he still has other women (concubines) as was king Solomon, the dream is one. Marriage is between one woman and one man, concubines do not cut it, Christ is a jealous for His throne.

Zec 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

HAMAN

Haman (a Persian vizier H2001), in the story represents the man of sin, that is set up by the king and given a seat above all. Haman (the old man) will be and are being replaced by Mordecai (the new man, the true spiritual Jew in type) if we are Christ’s. Haman is the abomination of desolation standing in the Temple of God…… (Mark 13:14). His name reminds us of another vizier, Joseph, who raises to become the second most powerful man apart from the king. In Joseph, we see the positive application and in Haman we see the negative application.

Est 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes  that were with him.

Est 3:2 And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king, had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

Est 3:3 Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgresses thou the king’s commandment?

Est 3:4 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.

Est 3:5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

Haman, as type of the Pharisee within us, not only wants to destroy Mordecai but also all the Jews, in other words, Haman in us seeks to destroy the Israel of God. We have another witness of the same event in Dan 3:12. Haman has the leaven of hypocrisy within his heart. This is us, is, was and will be in our day of the Lord as the hidden things of darkness is coming to the Light…… we are sometimes darkness, but now are we light in the Lord…. (Eph 5:8).

Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,  against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

Psa 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Psa 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both  Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered  together,

Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

Haman has the king’s permission and the decree for the destruction of the Jews in the  Persian empire was appointed at the same time when the preparation for the Passover  was made. The trials which the Lord causes whilst we are being prepared causes us to  obey the Lord when it is time to die to self.

Est 3:12 Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king’s lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring.

Haman intends to destroy his enemies with the best flesh has to offer namely the law. Money symbolizes knowledge. The law of Moses and the law of the gentiles are not for righteous men but for murderers and evil doers (1 Tim 1:9).

Est 3:9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay  ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business,  to bring it into the king’s treasuries.

Est 3:10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of  Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.

Est 3:11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to  do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

Mordecai finds out about the decree and he cries a bitter cry in sackcloth and ashes. All the Jews go into great mourning, fasting in sackcloth and ashes. We have an idea what it means to be in sackcloth and ashes and to cry. Spiritual fasting means to repent and change our ways. Here is the true fast.

Isa 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to lose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Isa 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are  cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou  hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Isa 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring  forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall  be thy reward.

Mordecai in type and shadow like the prophets before him, find out that the little book is sweet in our mouths but bitter in our bellies when we have to walk it out.

Rev 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he  said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in  my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and  nations, and tongues, and kings.

Esther was told of this plot by one of the king’s chamberlains. Judas betrayed Christ for thirty shekels of silver, the old man wants to reign through self-righteousness. We sit in Moses’s seat, saying, but not doing and have the righteousness of the law but it is not Christ’s Law. We have to exceed the righteousness of the law and become hearers and doers. Haman promised to pay the king’s treasuries, in other words Haman in us promises victory over his enemies through knowledge.

Est 4:7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.

Esther is told by Mordecai that she has to go before the king to make supplication for her and her people. We need to die with Christ because as He is, so are we (1 John 4:17).

Est 4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.

No one can go unto the king into the inner court without being called or be put to death. The king has lost his first love and Esther have not been called to come unto him in thirty days. Three times ten, ten representing completeness of the flesh and three a process thus thirty days typifying the beginning of judgement of the flesh.

Est 4:11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Mordecai lets Esther know that she would not escape being destroyed with the rest of her people. We are a Body collectively and cover each other.

Est 4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.

Est 4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

These are types and shadows of us today. Esther was not saved for her benefit alone, we are not being saved for our own benefit alone, but are being saved and used as the channel of salvation for all the rest of God’s creation.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Like Christ Himself, God’s elect (Mordecai & Esther) is hated by the people who claim to be faithful (Haman) to the king. It is for the church which is His Body, that our afflictions are suffered just as it was with Mordecai and Esther.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Esther coming before the king as we will see later in the story, contrary to the law, is a type of Christ laying down His life for us. Esther, had determined to obey the Lord, here typified by Mordecai, and let the Lord Himself determine what the outcome of obedience to His Word would be and are be. He works all matters to His own council.

Est 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Abraham, we are told “received Isaac as one raised from the dead”, because Abraham had determined to obey God, and “sacrifice His only son.” Daniel coming forth from the lion’s den and the three Hebrew children represent those who are being raised from the dead as they come forth of the fiery furnace. All who lay down their lives as living sacrifices to God are being buried with Christ in His death and have been and are being raised with Him in glory (obedience) on the third day (day of judgement).

Rom 6:3  Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Rom 6:4  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

Rom 6:6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Esther informs Mordecai to have all the Jews to fast for her three days and nights and so would she, so she could go unto the king, but would do it even if it meant her life. Three typifies the process of judgment. Paul had to go through a fast for three days.

Act 9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

Est 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Joh 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

The Jews were already fasting before Esther asked them to fast for her three days and three nights. mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

Est 4:3  And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

The Jews fasting was done during the Passover and the days of unleavened bread, in the first month, the month of Nisan, typifying the sacrifice of Christ, our spotless Lamb. Passover shadowing us being saved from the death angel! Who is the Passover?

Est 3:7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

This preparation of the lamb in type in the OT is symbolic of the marriage supper of the Lamb in which Christ calls us His because He covers us with His blood. We see that Christ being the lamb being prepared represents the start of putting sin out of our lives.

Rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

In the next part we will look at Esther’s appearance before the King.

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