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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Intercession: The Throne Ministry # 16

"For Ever, O Lord, Thy Word is Settled in Heaven" (continued)

So we find that Mordecai will not bow nor reverence Haman because Haman is a descendant of Amalek, he is of that seed of the serpent who seeks to nullify the Word of God. Through Jeremiah, God had recorded that a remnant would return from captivity and build His temple; and through Isaiah, He had written that out of this remnant would come The Messiah. For this reason, satan would now try to destroy the whole nation of Israel, and Haman would be his evil emissary.

Haman, inspired by satan, was full of wrath toward the people of Mordecai; he and his evil cohorts spent months seeking just the right time to destroy God's people. In chapter three of Esther, we have the record of Haman's treachery and strategy against God's people. Haman's goal was to destroy the Lord's people, thereby accomplishing satan's ultimate object, which is to destroy the promised "SEED." In Esther, we have three thirteens connected with this gigantic effort of satan against God's Purpose (3:12, 13; 8:12). We must always go back to Genesis 14:4 to discover the significance of the number thirteen, because its first occurrence is also found in that evil list of the seed of the serpent: "in the thirteenth years they rebelled." So, the number thirteen speaks of the terrible rebellion and apostasy and iniquity of satan himself, when he chose to reject the position given to him by God and tried to exalt himself above the Most High.

Month after month Haman and his forces sought the best time to destroy all the Jews (men, women, and children); and after Haman had convinced the king to do so, the Word says they chose "the thirteenth day of the twelfth month" to cause all Jews to perish "in one day." But we have a God WHO HIDETH HIMSELF so that He can take the enemy in his own craftiness; and in this book, God had hidden the Power of His Might in the vessels of Mordecai and Esther. "With Secret Hand" He fighteth against Amalek, and "With Secret Hand" Esther is made queen "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14).

Esther, who represents the throne ministry of intercession, becomes a vessel through whom God can bring forth deliverance for His people and judgment upon His enemies. Esther is one who interceded much in spirit and acted very slowly and spoke very little as she was led painstakingly, step by step, by the Lord until Haman and his descendants were destroyed.

~T. Austin-Sparks~

(continued with # 17)

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