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  1. Bible Teacher Pastor Leon Emmanuel SPIRIT,SOUL AND BODY
  2. Esther • Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not use the word "God" in it. • The story is not one of death and failure but of life and success. • Joshua states we must chose life (Joshua 24:15). • Esther is about choosing and making right decisions and the results of such decisions. • Yet, the book of Esther is a clear, vibrant story of the difference between the carnal and religious mind and the mind of Christ. Romans 15:4,1 Corinthians 10:6,11 1. How does one choose the right answers? 2. Can one do such? 3. If one does choose the right way, is it the way of life or do you have to have life to choose the right way? 4. This is the struggle of the book of Esther: What is the mind of Christ?
  3. The King's Banquet • The King called for a banquet. (marriage supper of the Lamb) • The banquet was a reward for being part of the kingdom, the kingdom of God, if you will. • The king represents the spirit for the spirit. • The queen, Vashti, which means beautiful, has her own banquet at the same time that the king has his. • She represents the soul, the mind, the seat of the will and emotions. • PURPOSE: The soul and the spirit should be of joint purpose, one goal, one vision. • One would have to give up their banquet, their "thing" for the sake of the other.
  4. The King's Banquet Purpose 1. Who should do such a thing? 2. Should the spirit be subservient to the mind, or should the mind yield to the leading of the spirit? 3. Could the two be one and each continue in their own path? 4. Would one lose its identity for the sake of the other, and would the identity really be lost? • Such are the issues of the book. • KING SPIRIT: In 1:2 it states that the King sits on the throne. So The spirit rules. • God sits in every individual (John 1:9) whether the individual recognizes it or not.
  5. The King's Banquet Time • (Romans 5:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8). The king here extends a party rebellious might have an extended time to find life in Him. • The rebellious wife, SOUL Vashti. He extends grace, even though his wife is not walking with him but parallel, like train tracks. • Esther 1:4 states that the party goes on for 180 days, six months. • For there is joy in the kingdom (Luke 15:7) • Six is the number of man (Revelation 13:8). • God created six days, then stated it was good. So too this banquet reflects the creation story. God created and rejoiced even as the king rejoiced over his kingdom.
  6. The King's Banquet Place • When the celebration was complete, there was a special seven day feast (1:5) • Note that the feast was held in the garden of the king’s palace. • The garden of Eden was the heart of the Lord’s pleasure, delight, finery, luxury, God is looking for a woman (a soul) that seeks to enjoy the delight of God (Job 22:26, Psalm 37:4). • The king was having a seven day feast for all who dwelt in the city – least to the greatest (Esther 1:5, Hebrews 8:11). • For all people are in the kingdom of God that spiritual realm, they from the least unto the greatest know Him.
  7. The King's Banquet Materials • The court, representative of the outer court of the Tabernacle, the area of the brazen altar (salvation) and the laver (sanctification), is decked with fine linen – not wool. • Wool is an unfinished fabric, speaks of self-effort and work. • Linen speaks of a cool, finished fabric without the use of effort. • Violet, purple, are some of the colors of the linen. These colors speak of royalty, the blood of Christ, a heavenly creation. • Rings made of silver, speak of redemption. It is the redeeming work of Christ that permits us to have linen hung from the rings.
  8. The King's Banquet Material • Gold speaks of divinity. The crucible is for silver, but the furnace is for gold (Proverbs 27:21). • Precious stones speak of a finished work polished for the glory of God. Gold, silver and precious stones speak of the works of the saints (1 Corinthians 3:12) • All different stones, speaking of different natures, personalities. • The king’s banquet was a splendour to behold. It was a magnificence that the world had never seen. • He king goes on and gives "drinks in golden vessels" (1:7). • The vessel is you refined, filled with the soul, the new soul, the mind of Christ. • The Hebrew for "desires" is the word used for grace, delight and goodwill. Drinking is done by grace.
  9. The Seven Wise Man • At the King’s banquet were seven wise men (1:14). • These men are the type and shadow of the seven spirits of God in Isaiah 11:2 – 1. Spirit of the Lord 2. Spirit of Wisdom 3. Spirit of Understanding 4. Spirit of Counsel 5. Spirit of Strength 6. Spirit of Knowledge 7. Spirit of fear the Lord. • It was these seven wise men who counselled Ahasuerus concerning the queen Vashti. • These men full of wisdom gave their advice to the king and he accepted it.
  10. The Refusal by Vashti • The concern was that if the queen refused to come at the bidding of the king, then all the women in the kingdom (verse 20) would follow her lead. • Therefore according to the Law (verse 15) of the king, Vashti should no longer be in the presence of the king. Her reign as queen has ended. • Jeremiah wrote of the same problem in 7:18 when he said under the spirit of the Lord: "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.“ • The sin that Eve made was setting herself up as God. • The queen refused to come when the king’s eunuch came to her (1:12).
  11. The Refusal by Vashti • The heavens rule (the king) at all times - not the earth (the soul, the will, and the emotions). • The queen’s rebellion would lead to the rebellion of all the other women (souls) in the kingdom. • Sowing/reaping is for those who live after the flesh. 1. Vashti was in the life realm. 2. The soul was in the place it didn’t have to die. 3. She was part of the kingdom. 4. She was part of the big picture. • Yet, she chose to remove herself from such a heavenly place and seek to be "king" of a lower order. Such is the struggle of man. Man seeks a higher order but wishes to remain in control. It is an untenable position. • Romans 5:17 states. But wait. Did she die?
  12. The Disintegration of his Kingdom? • Vashti was dead to the king. He was free to marry another. Let me quote some different translations of Romans 7:4: Amplified: Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit unto God. New American: Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raise from the dead, that we might bear fruit to God. • The king died to the Law. He died to Vashti. He removed himself from the dead body so that he would not be contaminated. • The soul that sets itself up as the rule or law sins and must die (Ezk.18:4).
  13. The Disintegration of his Kingdom? • He was free through the body of Christ to be joined with another. • He was called to bear fruit. • The spirit has to be joined with the soul that is willing, has the same goal, the desire for the manifestation of God in the flesh, which is the fruit of Spirit. • Grace allowed Vashti to have her own party. But Vashti used her own efforts for her own gain. • The king, like God, made a provision. The king sought not to allow the disintegration of his kingdom. • The king had another plan. He decided to select another star (Esther means star). • The book does not discuss the selection of Vashti and how the king found her for a bride.
  14. The Selection of a Bride • First, the king sought to find beautiful young virgins (2:3). • That is to say that the women had to be beautiful in the king’s eyes, and he had to be attracted to them. • The king wanted a beautiful woman but one that was a virgin, an original, an untainted person. • He sought one that could be the bride of his youth (Proverbs 5:18). • He wanted a woman who had purity and innocence. • The overseers sought far and wide to find a future bride, even as God sought for a special virgin, Mary. • Even so, the sons of God seek far and wide for that bride which can receive the truth.
  15. The Selection of a Bride & Holy Spirit • Hegai, (meditation, groaning, separation) the king’s eunuch, was in charge of the women that were selected. • Mordecai, a type of the Holy Spirit, led Esther. • He sought to guide her and advise her for she was to be the salvation of her people. • He was to prepare the soul (Esther) for the spirit (king). • She had neither father nor mother (2:8). Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:3) • Esther found favour with Hegai (2:9). Grace is evident here not the Law.(Justification) • Guided by the Holy Spirit the soul is always found acceptable.
  16. The Bride & Maidens • She was given seven choice maidens to help her – symbolic of the spirits of God to guide and assist. • Chapter 2 verse 12 brings out that the ladies were given 12 months, one year for preparation • Twelve is the number of divine government in scripture. One year represents a time of fullness. • Note that the first six months was a time when myrrh was used with oil. Myrrh speaks of suffering and oil of anointing. • (Matthew 2:11). They saw Jesus as divine (gold), anointed (frankincense) and sacrificial (myrrh). • The oil speaks of anointing. When you and I are humbled, then the anointing comes.
  17. The Bride & Maidens • In the last six months, the concept of suffering leaves and in its place is the usage of spices. These spices are used to make the lady smell nice and enticing. (2 Corinthians 4:10) • Esther is prepared and ready to appear before the king. • All the preparation is wasted if the soul (Esther) goes in unto the king when he is not ready. • The soul must understand the spirit (king). These two are to be one. • The soul must desire the will of the spirit and not present herself when she deems because if she does, she is like Vashti.
  18. The Bride • Esther waits. When her time comes (2:14) • She asked Hegai, the king’s eunuch, for advice.(2:15) of Hegai. • Even though she has had 12 months in learning how to prepare herself, she forsakes it all. • Every question asked was designed to make her pleasing to him not herself (IGO). • Esther did so willingly! Soul desires not its own way but the way of God. • Esther goes before the open doors of the palace. • She pleased him more than all the other virgins because she appeared as his nature to him. • (2:16) The seventh year of the king’s reign, Esther was taken into the palace to be his bride.
  19. What Victory can be won with a Submissive Soul! • Haman, the Agagite, was a descendant of the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15). • Amalek was a descendant of Esau. All throughout the scriptures the name Esau is associated with the flesh. • Haman sought the removal of Mordecai, a type of the Holy Spirit. • We must remember that Haman could also be an the example of Satan contending with the plan of God. • Satan is accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) and surely Haman accuses Mordecai. • But the soul that is married to the spirit, and "he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:17) can overcome all the flesh.
  20. What Victory can be won with a Submissive Soul! • Esther prepares the counter attack and in the end it is Haman who is hung by the law. • Grace abounds bringing the death knell to the Law. • Let us rejoice at the beauty of the marriage supper of the Lamb which is none other than the spirit and the soul becoming one! • The saints come into this union (John 17:21) • My soul pants after Thee, of God, as a hart after the water brooks (Psalm 42:1).

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