Don’t Miss the Subtle, Ironic Poetry of God
When it comes to God, you must always keep your eyes open. If you don’t pay attention you’ll miss jaw-dropping glory.
Take the book of Esther, for example. If you’re not careful, you’ll only see a Hollywood-like story of a beautiful young orphan girl who against all odds becomes queen of Persia and, with a little help, recognizes her moment of destiny and courageously faces down a Persian Hitler.
And you would miss the real story.
The real story is not Esther’s inspiring courage or her beauty or Mordecai’s sage wisdom. This story is about what’s really going on behind the machinations of power.
Haman thinks he’s taking super-sized revenge on Mordecai for dissing him by orchestrating a kingdom-wide ethnic cleansing of the Jews. But all he really is is just the devil’s pawn.
Ahasuerus thinks he’s searching for a royal goddess-queen by culling “all the beautiful young virgins” (Esther…