Esther 8:13: “the Jews had light…the dawn of a new hope”. I have been thinking about Esther’s king, Xerxes or Ahasuerus depending on which language you read, and wondering if he were an archetype of Christ. Some professional Bible scholars may have a fit over this since some see Xerxes as a drunk given the length of the celebration in Esther 1. But then the people of Jesus’ days on earth said the same of him, Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:34. Pressing on.
Here’s the thing: Xerxes gave permission to Haman the Agagite, 1 Samuel 15, to exterminate all Jews from India to Ethiopia, Esther 3. This reminds me that Satan, our enemy, has been given permission to “wage war against her children,” Revelation 12:17. When Esther made her request for the Jews to be armed and given permission to defend themselves, Xerxes agreed, Esther 8-9. I am, just in this writing, reminded that we have been given divine weapons with which to demolish strongholds, 2 Corinthians 10: 4, just like Xerxes gave the Jews back then!
Just think of the victory the Jews had over their enemies. Some people converted to Judaism for fear of the Jews, Esther 8:17.
Now to be sure, I do not believe this is a foreshadowing of the end times specifically because John tells us that in the last days the wicked will refuse to turn to God in spite of all the disasters that befall them, Revelation 9:20 and Revelation 16:9 & 11.
How does this give us hope? First, we believers have been armed and given orders to stand against the enemy – even go on the offensive with our sword of the Spirit, Ephesians 6. Secondly, there is hope for unbelievers, too. We are not yet in the last days where sinners
will be unrepentant. Are we?