Purim Article by Baruch

שרבית הזהב
The Golden Scepter
The primary message which the Holy Writings reveal is that the G-d of Israel gives life. In
regard to this message, one finds that there is only one way to receive this life. In other
words, the message is extremely narrow and although available to all people, it is indeed
exclusive. The good news concerning this message is that G-d provides it freely and all one
is required to do is to receive it. This message is of course a religious one and because
there are many religions in the world, it is common for individuals to think that each religion
also provides life. Although this view is politically correct, it is theologically incorrect. The
Bible is full of numerous examples and a clear proclamation that Israel’s Messiah is the
world’s only Redeemer and therefore only faith in Him and His redeeming work will provide
life, i.e. eternal life in the Kingdom of G-d.
As we approach Purim and read the Scroll of Esther, one finds within this writing a great
example of life being provided by only one means. Although this example is only of an
earthly life, the principle which this article will address is nevertheless clearly seen. As one
reads the Scroll of Esther, it becomes clear that Esther is presented as a typology for
Messiah. She must be willing to give her life if the Jewish people are going to be spared
from annihilation. It was Mordechai, her uncle, who instructed her to go before the king (her
husband) and plead for her people. According to Persian law, individuals, including the
queen, cannot go before the king unless he calls for them.
כָּל-עַ בְ דֵ י הַ מֶּ לֶּ ְך וְ עַ ם-מְ דִ ינֹות הַ מֶּ לֶּ ְך יֹ דְ עִ ים אֲשֶּ ר כָּל-אִ יש וְ אִ שָּ ה אֲשֶּ ר יָּבֹוא-
אֶּ ל-הַ מֶּ לֶּ ְך אֶּ ל-הֶּ חָּ צֵ ר הַ פְְּנִ ימִ ית אֲשֶּ ר לֹא-יִ קָּ רֵ א אַ חַ ת דָּ תֹו לְ הָּ מִ ית לְ בַ ד
מֵ אֲשֶּ ר יֹושִ יט-לֹו הַ מֶּ לֶּ ְך אֶּ ת-שַ רְ בִ יט הַ זָּ הָּ ב וְ חָּ יָּה וַאֲנִ י לֹא נִ קְ רֵ אתִ י לָּ בֹוא אֶּ ל-
הַ מֶּ לֶּ ְך זֶּה שְ לֹושִ ים יֹום׃
“All the servants of the king and the people of the provinces of the king know that every man
and every women who shall come to the king, to the inner courtyard who shall not be called,
this alone is the law, to be killed; except whom the king shall extend to him the Golden
Scepter and he will live and I have not been called to come to the king this thirty days.”
Esther 4:11
Esther, knowing this very well, and having not been called by the king for thirty days, did not
want to risk going before the king without being summoned. Despite Esther’s unwillingness,
Mordechai implored her to do so and she agreed, only after three nights and days of the
Jews of Shushan fasting for her and this matter.
The Biblical text states that it was on the third day that Esther went before the king. This
was against the law of the Persians, but was in obedience to Mordechai, who had taken her
after her parents’ death as his own daughter. Hence, Esther was demonstrating
father your Honor “אִ מֶ ָך-אָ בִ יָך וְאֶ ת-כַּבֵּ ד אֶ ת ,Torah the obeying. e.i, authority to submissiveness
and your mother….” It was certainly as a result of her submissiveness and prayer that הָ אְ שָנ
lifted she שַּ רְ בִ יט הַּ זָהָ ב אֲשֶ ר בְ יָדֹו וַּתִ קְ רַּ ב אֶ סְ תֵּ ר וַּתִ גַּע בְ רֹאש הַּ שַּ רְ בִ יט׃-חֵּ ן בְ עֵּינָיו וַּּיֹושֶ ט הַּ מֶ לֶ ְך לְ אֶ סְ תֵּ ר אֶ ת
up favor in his eyes and the king extended to Esther the Golden Scepter which was in his
hand, and she came near and touched the top of the Scepter.
There are a few Scriptural truths which must be discussed concerning what took place
between the king and queen Esther. The first truth is that Esther received favor from the
king. It was certainly her submissiveness to authority and the prayer, accompanied with
fasting, that played the major role in G-d moving and bringing this about in the king’s heart.
The second truth is that both the Golden Scepter and extending it to Esther belong to the
king. The Golden Scepter is what the Persian law required the king to possess and it was
solely at the king’s discretion whether or not to extend this Scepter. This law was in force
and it could not be altered.
When it comes to the Gospel message, it is based upon a Divine Decree which cannot be
changed. In the same way that Esther found favor from the king, all who come before G-d,
having trusted in and submitted to the Gospel, will also find favor from G-d. There is one
additional truth that also has great significance. The reader is told that after the king
extended his Golden Scepter, Esther moved forward in order to touch it. This moving to the
Scepter and touching it shows her willingness to accept the only means by which she could
be in the king’s presence and find the help she and her people needed. In this same manner,
one must be moved by faith, in order to move away from his or her thoughts and beliefs and
accept what G-d has provided for humanity so one can be saved.
The point which I want to stress is that there is not a multiplicity of ways of finding G-d’s
deliverance, but only one way, the Gospel, which focuses solely on the Person and Work of
Messiah Yeshua. Today, in the society in which we live, such a belief that Yeshua is the
only Savior is seen as a type of religious bigotry and those who will not affirm other religions
as providing a legitimate way of salvation are now considered bordering on hate speech.
There is no doubt in my mind that before Israel will experience Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah
30:7), believers in the Gospel will be harshly persecuted for accepting Messiah Yeshua as
the only Savior. We will need to follow the example of Esther and submit and obey to the
truth of G-d in order to find the favor of G-d and experience being delivered into the Kingdom
of G-d.
May you have a blessed and meaningful Purim.

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