The Esther Company
This booklet is dedicated to all sincere Christians who are seeking to glorify the Lord and the Lord only, with their lives. It is a book about humility and submission to our King of Kings. It also shows the traps the devil will try to put before us, so we can be deceived. It is a prophetic message about the end time Church, because our generation, more than any other, must know the Lord personally and intimately, so it can fulfill all His purposes and Intentions in the Earth.
Since the beginning of 1990’s, more and more we hear about God’s desire to move not only within the four walls of the Church, but also in our cities and nations. We hear more and more the phrase “City Transformation” in our prayers. And that of course, is in unity with God’s Word, since Jesus Himself taught us to pray: “Let Your kingdom come and Let Your will be done ON EARTH (not only in our Churches) as it is in Heaven”. So The Lord definitely desires to make a “Heaven on Earth” place out of our neighborhoods, our cities, and our nations.
We have an enemy of course, called the devil, who uses human vessels to issue unrighteous laws that hinder God’s Kingdom and His Church from advancing forward. God’s people react to this in 4 different ways:
1st – There are those that don’t believe at all that any Transformation can happen. They are completely negative.
2nd – There are those that are passive (they really don’t care about that, since they live their lives in a “closed inside of self” manner). If everything is OK with them and all theirs, then everything is OK. Who cares about the outsiders?
3rd – There are those that don’t like what they are seeing and they try to do something about it with everything they have, but fail miserably and get tired, because they are trying to make a difference in their own ability and strength.
And 4th – There are those that I would like to call “The Esther Company”.
What do I mean?
The Lord showed me that the book of Esther in the Bible is maybe one of the most appropriate for the time we live in now. There’s so much wisdom in the book of Esther concerning how the Lord works to transform a person, a family, a people, a nation, and a kingdom.
You know that at the time of Esther, the devil chose himself an evil man, called Haman, through whom he managed to issue a very unrighteous law with the purpose of killing every Jew in the kingdom of Media-Persia.
Today, it’s not any different. We have our Churches all right, but at the same time, the devil is using evil men to issue unrighteous laws against God’s people, with the purpose of destroying God’s Kingdom in the Earth. These unrighteous laws are a material reflection of the unrighteous decrees the devil is releasing in the spirit world, activating his demonic host to war against us.
So, many of God’s people run in fear to their caves; many don’t care at all, and many engage in “cold blood war” against the devil and his troops and get wounded, because they do it in their own power. Thank God that the Jews had Esther and Mordecai at the time unrighteousness tried to destroy them as people of God.
Esther was so different! Let me try to share her story in the perspective The Lord showed it to me:
King Ahasuerus wanted a new Queen. He had one, but she couldn’t get his favor, because she wanted to do whatever she wanted to do.
I want to draw a parallel right here. The Lord (Our King) also has His “Queen” in the face of the Church, but many times, the Church wants to do just whatever it wants to do. That’s why, many times it can not gain the favor of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and that’s why the kingdoms of this world have not yet become the kingdoms of our God. But they will! So, the king is looking for somebody that will find favor with Him. He is willing to bestow favor. He is our King. But there are conditions.
First, all the candidates had to be virgins. Virgin is a person that has never given away his/her virginity to someone. Spiritually speaking, the one that wants to get the favor of the King must not give his/her virginity (purity, affection, devotion, focus, etc) to anyone or anything other than the King Himself. This parallel speaks of the fact that we must not love the world, nor the things of the world that constantly try to take away our primary focus. Virginity speaks of purity. Purity speaks of holiness. Holiness speaks of separation. Separation from the world’s system and separation unto God our King! Esther qualified!
Second, to be a virgin is not enough to be chosen by the King and to obtain His favor. There were many virgin candidates at the time of King Ahasuerus, but the King was looking for something more – something that only Esther happened to have in her.
What was that? It’s in the area of inward character and motives. While virginity speaks of the outward signs of purity and holiness, there are also inward signs that God our King is even more concerned about. Those are our motives and character.
We may have been separated from the world; we may have become a part of the Bride of Christ, and we may have even shown no concern for the world and what it has to offer. With all these we are trying to show to everybody else that we are God’s people and that we are seeking only Him. The more important thing though, is what our inmost motives are; what is the inmost driving force that draws us to God; what is the inmost desire of our heart. In other words, WHY are we seeking God and WHY are we doing what we are doing?
The Bible says that every girl that was a candidate for a queen, Esther included, was allowed to choose her clothing, her jewellery, and everything else she might have wanted, so her beauty could be enhanced, and SO THE KING COULD CHOOSE HER.
Every girl looked at herself, and started thinking what would be the best thing she could possibly wear. Besides that, the Bible says that everything the girls would choose for themselves would become theirs even if the King didn’t choose them.
So, no doubt many of them knew they wouldn’t be chosen, but since they now had the opportunity to at least clothe themselves with the best the world had to offer, they certainly didn’t want to lose that chance.
Many people in the Church are the same way. They have chosen God only because there are certain benefits that go along with being a Christian – namely – God’s Protection and safety; Prosperity; Healing; Deliverance, etc. In their heart, they do not really believe the Lord would choose them to do some great thing for Him – they just want His gifts (“clothing, jewellery”, etc). And I’m certainly not talking about bad Christians that want to rob God on purpose. No! I’m talking about good people that have just fallen in this deception that has crept into the Church as a whole. They don’t really realize that they fall into such a category. They think everything is Ok, but if you look at it from God’s perspective, they are not really seeking God because of Himself, but they are just happy that God has found them, and that He is blessing them. That for them is enough sign of God’s approval. But actually they are not experiencing God’s personal favor in their lives. Just some of His blessings! There’s a big difference between favor and blessings.
There are blessings, that the Lord gives to just and unjust alike (like His Sun is shining everyday above both). That doesn’t mean though that you have obtained the more intimate, personal favor of God. It’s reserved for another group of people – The Esther Company. Not that God is a respecter of persons. No, He loves everybody the same, but on the other hand, everybody knows not all Christians have the same favor from the Lord. It’s because the Bible says: “Draw near to God, and He’ll draw near to you”.
See, there are things we are to do first, so the Lord draws Himself near to us. This first category of girls here didn’t know that, so they just chose for themselves the best clothing and jewellery, and were completely satisfied to stay in the King’s Harem until the rest of their life. That’s what I would call a miserable, no-purpose, no-reality, no-power life.
Now this was the shallow part. Let’s go some deeper. There certainly were other girls that were sure the King would chose them, so they as well tried to think of the best way they could appear before the King. Their problem is much deeper, and it’s rooted in PRIDE.
What do I mean? Since they were so sure in themselves, they wanted to choose the best, so they could obtain that power the King was offering. They were hungry for His Anointing, hungry for His Authority, and hungry for His Power.
There’s nothing wrong with that, except if you are doing it with the wrong motives, which are – To become famous in the eyes of men.
Now, please don’t think I’m talking about bad Christians here too. No! Those are the same good Christians, only falling into the second great deception of the devil. It’s a more dangerous deception though, because it’s playing games not just with the outward blessings, but with the Anointing of the Lord.
Why do I say that? Because at the time of Esther, before a girl entered the King’s chamber, she had to undergo 6 months of beauty treatments with oil of myrrh, followed by another 6 months with special perfumes and ointments. Can you guess how the girl would smell after a year of everyday treatment like that? Now, the myrrh was one of the holy parts that were to be put in the holy anointing oil The Lord commanded Moses to prepare. It was to be used only for Divine consecration purposes. It was holy UNTO THE LORD.
Now the parallel – The Church is full of people that think (and that’s a common misconception) the Anointing of the Lord is for the purpose of making us “look and smell” good to the other people. That’s why many people, when they get anointed by God, fall into Pride, thinking they are more than the others. They don’t understand that the anointing is for the purpose of “covering”, “masking” the stench of the person’s “flesh” (I’m speaking spiritually), so that they can be accepted before the King.
Can you imagine what would have happened if a girl had gone to the King without bathing herself in those oils even once? Would she be accepted? No! Absolutely not!
So, this anointing the Lord anoints us with, must be used UNTO THE LORD. The dangerous part is when we try to boast with it before the others, saying: “Smell me. See how good I smell, not like you. See me. Follow me because I’m anointed, etc”.
Can you see the danger in that? That’s the category of people that want to please the King, but do it in their own power and actually they want people to be pleased with them. That’s the hidden motive. They would do anything so people can get attracted to their “looks and smell”. On the other hand, they won’t do anything that may turn people away from them.
Now Esther was a totally different kind of person. The Bible gives us a tremendous key about her character in Esther 2:15
“Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her”
Let me explain: When all the girls had to go to the palace to undergo beauty treatment, they were all put under the care of the King’s chamberlain Hegai.
Now, please think a little bit. For a person to become a chamberlain of the King (that means the King would trust him with his marriage bed), what kind of a person must he be? Beside the fact that he was to be an eunuch, according to me he had to certainly know the King better than most others in the area of knowing what the King liked and what he didn’t like in a lady. This Hegai was chosen by the King, and he certainly knew better than anyone else whom the King would likely bestow his favor upon, and who would never get it.
So, this chamberlain was in command of all the girls. Besides the mandatory spices and all else the girls had to use, he certainly could have told them some secret things to help them be what the King would like. Don’t you think he knew some little secrets?
The problem with the first category – they didn’t want the King, they wanted His “clothing and jewellery”.
The problem with the second category – they wanted favor with men more than favor with the King, so they chose what they thought was the best.
Can you see the wisdom of Esther though? She knew none other than the chamberlain knew best what the King would like, and so she didn’t want anything else (nothing from the world, and no fame before the people). She knew all this was for the King and the King Himself, so she focused on the King alone. All the others thought all this was for them – so they can be the beautiful queens, so they can be the best they can, and so others would like them and stand in awe of them. But this was not about what they liked, or how they thought they would look the best – the whole thing was about what the King liked and what He thought was the best – His will, His purposes, His intentions, His strategies, and His taste. Esther knew that!
So, it’s not about us and what we like, or what we think would impress our God, but it’s about finding out what He likes, and what He thinks is best for us to be and do! The Lord is not a blessing machine – He is the Almighty Lord of Glory – Creator of Heaven and Earth – Possessor of everything.
So, how do we find out what the King likes? By two means: