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PERSON OF CHRIST QUESTION 27
Where is Christ in the Book of Esther?
ANSWER: The name of the Lord or God do not appear in the book of Esther, and it is considered by some critics as not belonging in the Canon of Scripture. However Christ is in that Book, though not mentioned by name. When you read the Genealogy of Christ in the gospel of Luke you see that it goes right back to Adam. One reason for this it that Christ was first mentioned as becoming a man in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This ‘seed’ of the woman is Christ and therefore all of the genealogies in the Old and New Testaments are for the express purpose of recording the lineage by which the seed of the woman came into the world. The genealogy of Christ in Luke begins with Adam - his son Seth (cf. Gen 4: 25) then on through Noah’s son Shem - Abraham - Isaac - Jacob - Judah -David, and so on. In the genealogy of Matthew, there are forty two generations recorded from Abraham on through to the birth of Christ.
The Book of Esther is basically a story of a young Jewess woman who married the king, and her uncle Mordecai, who also was a Jew. A wicked man named Haman tried to destroy the Jews and plotted a scheme to kill them all them; “And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai”(Esther 3:6).
Esther was brought in to the place of being the queen for a reason, “...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). It was through her and her uncle Mordecai that the plan of Haman was reversed and the Jews were not destroyed, but rather Haman himself was hanged on his own gallows. And so, Esther and Mordecai saved the Jewish line from which Christ came.
God’s ways are past finding out, because He is God and knows all things. How marvellously He works in the Book of Esther.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated February 14th, 2014 by Sandra Felix