- Haman is a type of the ‘flesh’
- Esther, Israel, Messianic Judaism and the Fearers of God
- The flesh (the root of sin in the body) must be crucified
- Death to Self-life
Haman is a type of the ‘flesh:’
Haman like his ancestor Esau is a type of the *flesh (false-illegitimate-invalid intellectual, volitional and emotional life). As long as sin rules supreme (individually and collectively) there can be no shalom on the earth. Haman’s Rule (of IT, Illegitimate Thinking) must be overthrown (יַּעְקְבֵ֙נִי֙-supplanted: עָקַב-be circumvented, restrained, and replaced) through the power of the New Life (1, 2, 3, 4) that comes through faith in Rabbi Yeshua. This revolution can only be accomplished through the royal agency and power of the Ruach Ha-Kodesh (the Holy Spirit). So the Mashiach has said:
הָרוּחַ הוּא הַנֹּתֵן חַיִּים וְהַבָּשָׂר אֵין־בּוֹ מוֹעִיל הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי דִבַּרְתִּי אֲלֵיכֶם רוּחַ הֵמָּה וְחַיִּים׃
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no benefit (profits nothing). The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
*The flesh (הַבָּשָׂר) is a Hebrew scriptural term (with multiple meanings) that in this context indicates worldly (socially conditioned) thinking, feeling and choosing that is not sourced in God. The Spirit of the Holy One made us as a Temple for His thoughts and feelings to dwell. Therefore, eternal (absolute) reality is when, as the Temple of the Spirit, we are Indwelt (existing in harmony) with God’s thoughts and feelings (הִתְהַלְּכוּ בְּדֶרֶךְ-Israel is to walk הָלַךְ halak in the Spirit; not in the flesh). Enmity with God and spiritual (and physical) death occurs when we, like the evil one, create thoughts and feelings that are antagonistic (war against) the intellect, will and emotional life of the one true God who is our Creator (Hayotzer) and our Father (Elohim Avinu).
Esther, Israel, Messianic Judaism and the Fearers of God (Gentile Proselytes):
The Book of Esther in the Tanakh is the basis of the Brit Chadashah’s book written to the Yehudim (and believing *God-fearers) living under the rule of Rome. Esther teaches us about the law of the flesh and the law of the Spirit. Adonai brought us out of Egypt into the wilderness where the evil of the flesh is revealed (sinful self-life), and where the battle of the flesh (evil-impulse) and the Spirit ensues (Deuteronomy 8:2):
וְזָכַרְתָּ אֶת־כָּל־הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר הֹלִֽיכֲךָ ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ זֶה אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה בַּמִּדְבָּר לְמַעַן עַנֹּֽתְךָ לְנַסֹּֽתְךָ לָדַעַת אֶת־אֲשֶׁר בִּֽלְבָבְךָ הֲתִשְׁמֹר מצותו אִם־לֹֽא׃
“And you shall remember all the way which Adonai Eloheicha led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments, or not.” Moving from the wilderness into the Promised Land requires a War-like Resolution to “walk in the Spirit;” trust in the instruction and promises of Adonai; as did Caleb and Yehoshua, Joshua. Adonai’s people must not allow themselves to be ruled over by the flesh (evil inclination); as the ten unbelieving spies did when they failed to believe and thereby were condemned to die in the wilderness because they chose to walk by physical sight instead of faith in Adonai’s Word.
*A God-fearer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) was a non-Jewish (gentile) sympathizer to Second Temple Judaism mentioned in the Brit Chadashah. The concept is one of making first century (CE) proselytes to Messianic Judaism. In the Tanakh there is recognition of worship being directed by the Gentiles to the same God as El Yisrael. This recognition by the Prophet-King David forms the basis of the concept of yirei Hashem (“יראי השם” meaning “Fearers of the Name“) that was being applied by the early Jewish followers of the Messiah.
The flesh (the root of sin in the body) must be crucified:
Haman’s name means literally “magnificent,” figuratively his name means “the root of defilement.” As a descendant of Amalek whose name means “valley dweller,” Haman represents what it means to be possessed by the fallen wicked seed of the evil one. Before we mistakenly judge others, instead of judging ourselves first, let us say that spiritually speaking we believe without the forgiveness of sin and the permanent Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit that all of us (Jew and Gentile) would otherwise be possessed by the wicked seed of the serpent. Therefore, it is only through our faith in the Adonai Elohim of Abraham and in the Messiah our Deliverer that we can conquer within ourselves the evil-impulse; by the redemption of Messiah and our replacing it (יֵצֶר הַרַע-yetzer hara) with the sinless DNA (כִּי זַרְעוֹ נִשְׁאָר בּוֹ-for His Seed abides in him [us]) of the Father in Heaven. It is through the Divine graciousness of the Father of [us] All (Avi-khol) that we are able to receive the gift of the permanent Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit. Without both the physical and spiritual Seed of Abraham (Zera’ Avraham) we would all be doomed to remain children of darkness, children of the “seed of the serpent.” The consequence of pridefully living like Haman (for the Praise of the Village of Man) is clearly seen in the fruit of defilement that is witnessed to by the meanings of the names of his “ten sons;” who in Divine judgment were all hanged, impaled (nailed), executed on a tree (wooden posts). Therefore, if we do not accept Messiah’s atoning death for our sins on the accursed tree, then we too will hang for our sins on the day of judgment:
לָכֵן אָמַרְתִּי לָכֶם כִּי תָמוּתוּ בַּחֲטָאֵיכֶם כִּי אִם־לֹא תַאֲמִינוּ כִּי־אֲנִי הוּא בַּחֲטָאֵיכֶם תָּמוּתוּ׃
“That is why I have said to you that you will die in your sin. For if you do not believe that I am He [HaMoshia l’chol Adam, the Savior of all Men], you will die in your sin.”
Therefore, without faith in the Mashiach our sins will “remain” upon us (i.e. the people of Israel). Without true faith in God we (Israel) will default to faith in our own self-lives; which inevitably leads to each of us worshiping our “self” (our own invented corrupt thoughts, feelings, and will) over the thoughts and feelings (perfect will of) Adonai. As it is written:
וזאת דע לך: באחרית הימים יבואו זמנים קשים, כי יהיו האנשים אוהבי עצמם, אוהבי כסף, גאותנים, שחצנים, מגדפים, ממרים את פי הוריהם, כפויי טובה, חסרי קדשה, קשוחי לב, בלתי מתרצים, מלשינים, הוללים, אכזרים, שונאי טוב, בוגדים, פוחזים, יהירים, אוהבים תענוגות יותר משהם אוהבים את אלהים, לכאורה בעלי יראת שמים, אך כופרים בתקפה. התרחק מאלה. פ
“So you should know: the end of days (אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים-acharit hayamim) will be terrible times, there will be narcissists (הָאֲנָשִׁים אוֹהֲבֵי עַצְמָם-men in love with themselves), lovers of money, boastful of self (גַּאַוְתָנִים-ga’avtanim), arrogant (שחצנים), revilers (מגדפים), grievously defying (מַמְרִים אֶת פִּי-rebelling against) their parents (הוֹרֵיהֶם), ungrateful (כְּפוּיֵי טוֹבָה), unholy (חַסְרֵי קְדֻשָּׁה-devoid of spirituality, missing sanctification), unkind (קְשׁוּחֵי לֵב-cruel, stony-hearted), irreconcilable (בִּלְתִּי מִתְרַצִּים-never admitting to being wrong; always making excuses), malicious (מַלְשִׁינִים-they enjoy debasing others; practicing gossip, slander, and betrayal), they are impulsive, reactive (הוֹלְלִים-without self-control, unruly), cruel (אַכְזָרִים-deadly violent), haters of good (שׂוֹנְאֵי טוֹב-enemies to all that is good), treacherous (בּוֹגְדִים-deceivers, cheats, and betrayers), reckless (פוחזים), conceited (יְהִירִים), lovers of pleasure (אוֹהֲבִים תַּעֲנוּגוֹת) more than lovers of God (יוֹתֵר מִשֶּׁהֵם אוֹהֲבִים אֶת אֱלֹהִים), [yet] they allege to be g-dly (לִכְאוֹרָה בַּעֲלֵי יִרְאַת שָׁמַיִם), when this [their delusional self-importance and self-worship] is heresy. They [in truth] are heretics who disbelieve and deny the power (אַךְ כּוֹפְרִים בְּתָקְפָּהּ) [of God]. [In these end of days:] Remove yourself from such persons.” (הִתְרַחֵק מֵאֵלֶּה)
What follows next from the Megillah of Esther is a prophetic depiction of narcissistic life-style in the end of days that is subtlety described in the personal names of the ten sons of Haman. Therefore, we believe the following names and titles of these ten men (i.e. an evil minyan; quorum of ten men) vividly describes for us the heresy of self-indulgence and self-worship that is being touted today as a legitimate substitute for the true worship of the God of the Hebrew Scriptures..
[All of the following interpretations below of the meanings of the listed ancient Persian personal names (and titles) found in this chapter and the following chapters of this document on the Messiah in Purim will be revised as we are able to discover new insights from the very helpful twin fields of archaeology and linguistics.]
Name #1. Parshandatha (given by prayer, given forth to light, self-directed religious self).
Name #2. Dalfon (dripping, as in tears, self-pity).
Name #3. Aspatha (given by the horse, self-sufficiency).
Name #4. Poratha (ornamentation, self-indulgence).
Name #5. Adalya (I shall be drawn up by the eternal one, self-preoccupation).
Name #6. Aridatha (lion of the decree, self-assertiveness).
Name #7. Parmashta (superior, strong-fisted, competitive, self-preeminence).
Name #8. Arisay (lion-like, self-confidence).
Name #9. Ariday (strong, the lion is enough, proud, self-superiority).
Name #10. Vayzatha (strong as the wind, self-righteousness).
Death to Self-life:
In truth: “death” to one’s own self-life (any individual consciousness and relational life that is developed independent of Adonai) is the first evidence that one has truly discovered the secret of Esther and Mordecai. As the Mashiach has said:
כִּי הֶחָפֵץ לְהַצִּיל אֶת־נַפְשׁוֹ תֹּאבַד נַפְשׁוֹ מִמֶּנּוּ וְהַמְאַבֵּד נַפְשׁוֹ לְמַעֲנִי הוּא יִמְצָאֶנָּה׃
For the one who desires to save his life (soul), his life will be lost from him, but the one who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Therefore, if we choose through the Spirit to destroy the deeds of sin in the body, we shall then be free to live the life that our heavenly Father freely gives. The death of one’s self-life is visible to all because of the perfectly higher quality of life that the Righteous Father gives as its replacement. This sanctifying process of the heavenly Father replacing our old deficient self-life with His new all-sufficient life causes His life of the Spirit of Grace and Truth to dominate our daily existence. This, in turn, eventually causes His life to behaviorally break-out from our hidden, inner psychological being out into the public life of a world that sorely needs the saving, life-regenerating Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One.
This means that without death to the idolatry of our self-life the life of the Messiah (the Spirit of Holiness) is not able to reside upon, in and through us. Without death to our self-life our sinful life cannot be exchanged for the righteous life of the Humble Man, the Messiah. Therefore, stubbornly holding onto our own selfish will and way will lead us to never receive the gift of eternal life (מְנוּחַת שַׁבָּת-Sheva-Rest) that comes only through our exercising faith in the Messiah, who is the Salvation of Adonai.