Understanding The Bible
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Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ESTHER 4-5
The whole race (Jews) was under condemnation through the work of the enemy, Haman (chapter 3). Haman is called "adversary" (7:6). So, the whole race of men is under condemnation through the work of Satan, whose name means "adversary."
Body of Message: Esther becomes a type of Christ
Esther identifies herself with her people in their condemnation. So Christ also does in His incarnation, baptism, life and death.
In heart experience she died. As good as dead to go into king's presence. Tradition - "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" In type, Gethsemane and cross - death for others. Beautiful type, but can only illustrate the cruel reality of our Lord's sufferings and death for others.
The "third day" - speaks of resurrection. In "royal garments" - speaks of resurrection glory. The golden scepter- "accepted."
We are excluded by Law from presence of King. but love has made a way through the Beloved One. We may now come boldly.
The second decree neutralized the first
without nullifying it. Christ met and conquered death by His death.
BOTH decrees had to be believed:
The decree of doom - else they would be slaughtered.
The decree of deliverance - else
they would be disheartened and despairing.
"Repent" - for first decree, decree of condemnation and doom, has been pronounced against you -- "condemned already." Universal and irrevocable.
"Believe" - second decree of grace and deliverance through death of Christ -- "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (i.e., delivered from the first decree).
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