Seven Feasts in Esther
Dirty politics, wild parties, assassination plots, a beautiful queen, a powerful king, a hero, and a villain. The Book of Esther is a spectacular drama and a tale of extremes. Its vibrancy tests readers to their limit. Esther is the only book outside of Leviticus 23 which contains seven festivals. Esther’s seven festivals correspond to the Almighty’s seven festivals in Torah.
The first feast, for instance, attempts to build the Persian kingdom (Esther 1:3). Passover, the first biblical feast, builds a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus 19:6).
The second feast in Esther lasts seven days (Esther 1:5). The Almighty’s second feast, in Leviticus 23:6, is also seven days in duration.
Likewise, the third feasts concern resurrection. Vashti’s feast in Esther 1:9 leads to the death of her marriage, and the resurrection of the king’s marital status with Esther. God’s third feast signifies the resurrection of the barley harvest for consumption, and the day when Yeshua resurrects from the dead (Leviticus 23:14, 1 Corinthians 15:20).
The fourth feasts involve crowning. Esther is crowned queen at the fourth feast in Esther 2:17-18. God’s fourth feast – Shavuot or Pentecost – is the day when Israel is crowned with moral laws, and believers are crowned with power (Exodus 19, Acts 2:1-6).
The fifth feast, a banquet for the king and Haman in Esther 5:4, initiated a new beginning for Hebrews. Elohim’s fifth feast is the beginning of the Hebrew month and year (Leviticus 23:24, Numbers 10:10, Nehemiah 8:1-10).
During Esther’s sixth feast (7:1), Haman is judged. During scripture’s sixth feast, Israel is judged (Leviticus 23:26-32).
Esther’s seventh feast typifies joyous feasting (Esther 9:22). Scripture’s seventh feast is the season of rejoicing (Leviticus 23:40).
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Published February 22, 2018