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13/11/2020 / Test All Things

Esther Study Guide – Esther 5:3-6 “Half The Kingdom”

​The Meaning of “Half the Kingdom”

“Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be given thee to the half of the kingdom.” (Esther 5:3)

And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? Even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.” (Esther 5:6)

Compare the Following Four Analogies.

​What is the meaning of John 5:39, Luke 24:27, Romans 15:4, 1st Peter 1:12?

• The Date:​ AD 33

Who had a birthday?​ The New Testament Congregation

Who shed His blood?​ The Lord Jesus Christ

What did Pilate offer?​ Barabbas

What did the Pharisees request instead?​ The death of Jesus

Therefore, who does “Barabbas” represent?​​ All those who were liberated by the death of Jesus

Was this a good trade?​ Absolutely Yes!

Who celebrated when it was all done? The Pharisees and their gospel of works, for they opposed the true Gospel (Matthew 27:15-26)

Who in heaven celebrated?​ God and all the elect angels

Christ came as “the Word of God”. This is whom the Pharisees wanted to kill

• The Date:​ AD 31

Who had a birthday?​ King Herod

Who shed his blood?​ John the Baptist

What did King Herod offer?​ Half the kingdom

What did Herodias request instead?​ The death (or the head) of John the Baptist

Therefore, what does “half the kingdom” represent? ​ The head of John the Baptist; the head of Jesus

Was this a good trade?​ Absolutely Yes!

Who celebrated when it was all done? ​Herodias and her gospel of works, for she opposed the true Gospel

John came as “the Word of God” (Genesis 2:24). This is whom Herodias wanted to kill (Mark 6:14-29)

Therefore, ​Who does John the Baptist represent?

​Who does Herodias represent?

​Who does the daughter of Herodias represent?

​Who does King Herod represent? Herod and Pilate rather keep their promise to men than to God

• The Date:​ 460 BC

Who had a feast-day?​ Haman

Whose blood was supposed to be shed? ​Mordecai

What did King Ahasuerus offer?​ Half the kingdom

What did Esther request instead?​ A banquet of wine / The blood of Christ / The death of Christ

Therefore, what does “half the kingdom” represent?​ The wine, representing the death of Christ (Liberation for the elect)

Was this a good trade?​ Absolutely Yes!

Who celebrated when it was done?​​ Mordecai and all the “Jews”, for the death of Haman (Esther 5, 6 and 7)

Therefore,​ Who does Mordecai represent?

​Who does Esther represent?

​Who does Haman represent?

​Who does King Ahasuerus represent?

All the saints are called “children of Abraham”, and “Jews” (Romans 2:28-29, Romans 4:11-17, Galatians 3:29)

• The Date:​1447 BC​ The exodus out of Egypt

Who had a birthday?​ National Israel

Whose blood had to be shed?​ The Passover Lamb

What did Pharaoh offer?​​ All the firstborn of Egypt (Exodus 11)

What did Moses request instead?​ Freedom for 2 million slaves

Therefore, what does the death of all the firstborn of Egypt represent?​ Freedom for 2 million slaves (Isaiah 43:3)

​Was this a good trade?​ Absolutely Yes! (Isaiah 40:17, Mark 8:36-37)

Who celebrated when it was all done?​ Moses and all Israel, for the death of Pharaoh, i.e. Satan (Exodus 15)

Read Exodus 12, 13 and 14.

Therefore, ​Who does the Lamb represent? (John 1:29)

​Who does Israel represent? (Romans 9:6-8)

​Who do all the firstborn of Egypt represent? (Isaiah 43:3)

​Who does Pharaoh represent? (Romans 9:17)

​Who does Moses represent? (Exodus 14:22)

​What does the Red Sea represent? (Exodus 14:28-29)

The birthday of Israel came and ended with the shedding of blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

In 1447 BC as well as in AD 33 this principle applies: The blood of the Lamb shall make you free (John 8:36).

Do we understand this? What does it mean? How free is free?

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