Bible In One Year-Day 187 (Sunday, July 6, 2014)
Commentary: Esther7-10. The defeat of Haman started in chapter6 as we discussed in the last commentary. But to properly understand and enjoy this battle between Haman and the Jews, we need to dig a little bit into history. We need to check their various ancestries.
When Balaam was hired by Balak to curse Israel, after much efforts, he realized that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as he used to go about it to curse, rather he approached God in another form and the Spirit of God rested on him and a prophecy came out of his mouth;
Numbers 24:5-7 “How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.”
This prophecy was of the battle that was to be between Jacob and Agag in the future. One of the descendants of Jacob was Benjamin.
Kish was also a descendant of Benjamin. Here is also what we have to know about Saul;
1 Samuel 9:1 “Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.”
But King Saul went into war with the Amalekites and captured King Agag alive, 1Sam15. The battle was instigated by the Lord as Samuel told Saul earlier that God wanted him to do it to punish the Amalekites. Unfortunately, Saul spared King Agag even after killing other Amalekites. Agag was actually the strong man of the Amalekites that was supposed to be destroyed first. He spared the good things also and this angered that Lord to the point that He told Samuel that He regretted ever choosing Saul as king over Israel. That which Saul spared grew and multiplied to become the problem of Mordecai, Esther and the Jews.
Mordecai and Esther were Benjamites;
Esther 2:5 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;
The father of Kish was a descendant of King Jehoiachin who was exiled in Babylon, 2Kings24:6-16. Kish could probably be the ancestor of both Saul and Mordecai. Nonetheless, most importantly, all of them were Benjamites.
Haman was an Agagite;
Esther 3:1 “After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.”
Haman became a seed of revenge against the Jews due to the battle between their ancestors. This is what we call generational battle.
In essence, there was a prophecy in Jacob, fulfilled by Saul, a Benjamite and the revenge invoked in Mordecai. But then, God being a faithful God, His word still prevailed. He said in Num24:7 “… and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.” The word of God shall always prevail. Ancestral battle is real and to overcome it, you need go into spiritual warfare against the strong man behind it. If Saul had totally carried out what God committed into his hand, Mordecai and the Jews wouldn’t have had such problems. Esther was not a manipulator but a prayer warrior who believed in spiritual warfare. Haman fell and his advisers said Esther 6:13 “… Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.”
The fall of Haman was because a law was established in prophecy that the lineage of Agag would never prevail over the lineage of Israel. However, it does not leave prayer and fasting out of the way. God gives prophecies but prayer and fasting makes it real, i.e. makes it come to be fulfilled. Mordecai, Esther and the other Jews faced what is known as Ancient Battle. Jesus is our deliverer and has given the prophecy that need to be enforced through prayer and fasting with a pure heart;
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
If the prophecy of Balaam came to pass then we shouldn’t doubt Jesus’ word; He gave the word to Balaam by His Spirit. He is faithful. If you have the faith in Jesus, let it be the foundation of your prayer and fasting. This is what makes our prayers to be effectual and fervent, i.e. faith in His words. Resting and trusting in the word of God will strengthen you against every ancient spiritual Agag troubling your life. Psalm119 is an awesome chapter to read to understand the power in the word of God.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Haggai1-2. Keep the fire burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries