Esther 8-10, Haman – the Flesh condemned. In our last blog we talked about the various allegory parts. To refresh ourselves here they are again:
Soul = King Ahasuerus
Human spirit = Esther
Holy Spirit = Mordecai
Flesh/Satan = Haman the Agagite
The plot of Haman has been exposed when the Flesh tried to save its life by pleading to the Human spirit. In walks King Ahasuerus and finds the flesh attempting to ravage the Human spirit in Esther. Haman winds up hanging on the gallows meant for Mordecai [Holy Spirit]. The flesh and the Spirit will always be at odds with each other for supremacy over the influence of the human spirit on the Soul of man. [Galatians 5:19-21] The problem is the Flesh has already put in place the edict to kill all the Jews in the 127 provinces. In other words, the flesh has attempted to kill the Body of man with its gross appetites of satisfying the 5 senses. At the heart of this book that never mentions God is the rule of the Soul. A man without the Holy Spirit is dependent on the Flesh to dictate the way of life. But in our story the Holy Spirit [Mordecai] influenced and exposed the plot and evil of Haman to the Human Spirit which in-turn revealed to the Soul the ploy. Prior to this Haman, the flesh ruled by virtue of the Soul empowering it, thinking the flesh had the Soul’s best in mind – the Flesh is only out for itself. Because the Soul didn’t have the ability to distinguish right and wrong, the Holy Spirit had to be in position to reveal the evil tactics – hence the Holy Spirit [Mordecai] influences the Human spirit [Esther]. Now the Soul [King Ahasuerus] loved Esther and gave access to himself. When we look at this allegory, we find that the Holy Spirit is at work behind the scenes to bring Truth to the forefront by influencing the human spirit. Esther when approached by Mordecai accepted the fate of “If I perish, I perish.” This relates to mortifying the flesh and Galatians 2:20 – we must die to the flesh and its unholy ambitions. By subjecting herself to Mordecai – the Human spirit submitted to the Holy Spirit and when in the presence of man’s Soul – truth is revealed. Haman, the Flesh is hung [crucified] so we wind up with the Soul of Man operating under the Holy Spirit instead of the fleshly senses.
But the 127 provinces are still under the edict of Haman to be killed – John 10:10 the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The Flesh is the carnal living out of appetites. Now that Mordecai[Holy Spirit]is on the throne of the Soul – the edict is reversed. The Body [land of the kingdom] now rejoices. Instead of being destroyed, the 127 provinces [body] kills the Flesh influences within it.
Now this story is very interesting because it is similar to the life of Joseph in Genesis. Here we have Mordecai coming to the same position of authority as Joseph. However, the Jews are in the 70 years of captivity that began under King Nebuchadnezzar. I found it most interesting, that even though Judah was in exile for disobedience and discipline of the LORD; God still enabled their stay to be a tolerable one.
I hope you will get the book – “If I perish, I perish” by Major Ian Thomas. It is a thrilling read about Esther.