Messiah in Purim Chapter 16

  1. Haman is like Esau
  2. Esther, Israel, Judaism and those Gentiles who fear God
  3. The flesh (the root of sin in the body) must be crucified
  4. Death to Self-life
  5. The Ten Sons of Haman

Haman is like Esau:

Haman like his ancestor Esau is a type of the *flesh (false self-life). As long as being self-centered instead of God-centered rules supreme there can be no shalom on the earth. Haman’s rule must be overthrown (יַּעְקְבֵ֙נִי֙-supplanted: עָקַב-replaced) through the power of the new life (1, 2, 3, 4) that comes through faith in God. This revolution can only be accomplished through the royal agency and power of the the Holy Spirit. So the Messiah 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 I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

*The flesh (הַבָּשָׂר) is a Jewish scriptural term 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 with God’s thoughts and feelings. Enmity with God and spiritual (and physical) death occurs when we, like the evil one, create thoughts and feelings that war against the intellect, will and emotional life of the one true God who is our Creator and our heavenly Father.

 Israel is called of God to walk (הָלַךְ halak) in the Spirit; not in the flesh (הִתְהַלְּכוּ בְּדֶרֶךְ).

Esther, Israel, Judaism and those Gentiles who *fear God:

*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 Gentile proselytes to Judaism. In the Tanakh there is recognition by the Prophet-King David of worship being directed by the Gentiles to the God of Israel. This recognition forms the basis of the concept of Yirei Hashem (יראי השם). meaning fearers of “the Name.”

The Book of Esther in the Tanakh is the basis of the Brit Chadashah’s book written to Jews (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. God 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):

The Cult of Me.

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.”

Israel moving from the wilderness of a self-centered life into the Promised Land of a God-centered life requires a war-like resolution to “walk in the Spirit.” To walk in the Spirit is to trust in the instruction and promises of God; as did Joshua (Yeshua) and Caleb.

As God’s people we must not allow ourselves to be ruled over by the evil inclination; as the ten unbelieving spies did when they failed to believe in God’s promises and thereby were condemned to die in the wilderness. For they chose to walk by physical sight instead of exercise faith in the supernatural power of God’s Word.

The flesh (the root of sin in the body) must be crucified:

Haman’s name literally means “magnificent.”

Speaking figuratively Haman’s name name means “the root of defilement.” As a descendant of Amalek whose name means “valley dweller,” therefore the wicked, fallen seed of the evil one. The consequence of pridefully living like Haman is clearly seen in the fruit of defilement that is witnessed to by the meanings of the names of his “ten sons;” who in judgment were all hanged on a tree (impaled on wooden posts). Therefore, if we do not accept the Messiah of God’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 [God’s Messiah], you will die in your sin.”

Therefore, without faith in the Messiah of God our sins will “remain” upon us. Without true faith in the one who God sent to us we (Israel) will default to faith in our own self-lives; which inevitably will lead to each of us worshiping our own “self-life” (the cult of me) instead of the life of God. 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).

The Ten Sons of Haman:

The narcissistic life-style in the end of days is illustrated meaning of the personal names of the ten sons of Haman.

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 personal names and titles of the ten sons of Haman found in the following names will be revised as we are able to discover new insights from the very helpful twin fields of archaeology and linguistics.

Name #1.  Parshandatha (فَرْشَنْدَاثَا) (פרשנדתא): Means of noble birth or given by prayer and as a type of the flesh: self-exalted.
Name #2.  Dolphon (دَلْفُونَ) (דלפון): Means dripping, as with tears or strenuous and as a type of the flesh: self-pity.
Name #3.  Aspatha (أَسْفَاثَا،) (אספתא): Means an assembly enticed by strength (lit. by the horse) and as a type of the flesh: self-sufficient.
Name #4.  Poratha (فُورَاثَا) (פורתא): Means fruitfulness or frustration or ornament and as a type of the flesh: self-indulgent.
Name #5.  Adalya (أَدَلْيَ) (אדליא): Means I shall be drawn up and speak out and as a type of the flesh: self-pious.
Name #6.  Aridatha (أَرِيدَاثَا) (ארידתא): Means the lion of the decree or great birth or of noble birth and as a type of the flesh: self-important.
Name #7.  Parmashta (فَرْمَشْتَا) (פרמשתא): Means superior or strong-fisted and as a type of the flesh: self-assertive.
Name #8.  Arisay (فَرْمَشْتَا) (פרמשתא): Means the lion of my banners or lion-like and as a type of the flesh: self-confidant.
Name #9.  (أَرِيدَايَ) (ארדי): Means desire and the lion is enough and as a type of the flesh: self-desiring
Name #10. Vayzatha (يِزَاثَا) (ויזתא): Means strong as the wind or white or sincere or pure and as a type of the flesh: self-righteous.

Death to Self-life:

In truth: death to one’s own self-life—any individual consciousness and relational life that is developed independent of God’s life—is the first evidence that one has truly discovered the secret of Esther and Mordecai. As the Messiah 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 our body, then we shall be free to live the life that our heavenly Father gives. This sanctifying process of the heavenly Father replacing our old deficient self-life with His new all-sufficient life is how we receive His gift of eternal life (מְנוּחַת שַׁבָּת-Sheva-Rest). Shalom, Shalom.

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