10/14/2007

Book of Esther: Chapter 7 (Updated study)

(Note: To read the third chapter of this book, please click on the following link: http://www.breslov.com/bible/Esther7.htm#7. This way I hope that you will be able to follow, and understand the study much easier.)


We have come to know that Haman had succeeded in wasting every opportunity he had been given to become a better person. He had slammed every door others had opened for him because he was so assured of being right that nothing in the entire world could have changed his mind, even till the very last moment. Yes, even at the couch where the queen was laying down on, he still was only begging her to save his own life, not asking her to forgive him for his evil decree. And that's the core of the lesson within this particular chapter. That's the reason why even Esther kept her silence when the king did burst out in anger, and made a seemingly wrong assumption. Haman came not with the proper demands, the proper words that would have given him the merit of salvaging his life, and the ones of his hardcore followers, even his entire family thus. True, on the very last of all opportunities he had been given, he still thinks only about trying to rescue his own life, not of those who will become annihilated under his decree. We therefore become aware of the fact that he still beliefs very firmly in what he beliefs. His only concern at this very instant was to keep himself alive so that he could fulfill the hatred that has ravaged his entire personality. And the queen kept her silence for that reason because there was no life to be found in Haman's words, only a culture of dead. It were only the words of a man who knew that he was about to be given a death sentence. The words he uttered in his particular case were thus merely a trick of his nature, of his ego, trying to convince those present that he, by saving him, could acquire the opportunity to better his life, to become a better person, realizing in a very vague manner that what he had done wasn't quite right. But that vagueness won't save him, as those who are aware of how the nature of such a man does work do know that a person in his likeness won't change his attitude once the sentence will be reversed, or lessened. That person will only try to beget the same results, albeit through different means now, but always through lies, even falsifications, and with the help of compromised people. An admitting of his wrong at this stage would thus have to be seen by means of how he would handle his decree, not the final outcome of it. That would still be going ahead no matter what. As a result, everyone is keeping a silence on the matter, even the chamberlains, and they covered Haman's head. 

Some will perhaps arguing now that no justice was served, that he hadn't been given a fair trial. Hence, he was given none whatsoever. The king had spoken, and so it became. However, we're not entitled to think, or even have the right to think in such a manner. And this is because we're well aware of what he wanted to get fulfilled. The only thing that no one had done was coming forward defending him, as it was useless. It didn’t matter that the king could have had it wrong in their eyes. If Haman would have done something whereas the king would had to retract his verdict, then someone would surely have said so. Only, no one did, and therefore became the verdict; remember the previous chapter; he already had made before entering the banquet a non-negotiable one. The king had already made up his mind long before that particular moment. The banquet itself could thus in a certain way be seen as a court of law. We have the accuser in the person of the queen, the accused Haman, the king being the judge, and Haman's decree as a testimony making from everyone a witness to the stand in the courtroom as well, even a jury. There was thus no reason for the jury to say that Haman wasn't, or was really guilty to the last charge which had been made against him because it won't have changed the outcome in any way due to the severity of the other one. He had already been sentenced for that one. It didn't matter anymore. It was a waste of breath so to speak. There were more urgent matters to be discussed as soon as possible now that the extent of the gravity became clear. Thousands of innocent lives had to be saved, and there was no time to waste on one that clearly had no desire to be saved in any way. We therefore can be assured of the fact that justice has truly been served. Okay, maybe that we can argue about the sentence, and it wouldn't be that wrong to do so in our present time with all the know-how and possibilities which are offered to these days prisoners in certain regions of today's world. Nevertheless, it wouldn't have changed the outcome, nor what he had devised against the Hebrew/Jewish people of his time.

 

Let us not forget that the queen asked for her life to be saved, the same as the one of her brothers and sisters, of her people thus. Yes, the saving of her life is not to be seen in relation to her transgressing the law of the king when she came to him without permission. It was asked because she would also become killed under the wicked decree of Haman, as she was Jewish. She was a member of the very same community that will become annihilated entirely. Even Mordecai once warned her that her being queen wouldn't save her, remembering what did happen to queen Vashti. As she became no queen anymore, so could the king easily do with her too. After all, who will save her when no relative of hers is still alive to protect her, and to counter any wrongdoing by Haman, knowing that he had the king's seal? And if this, the decree thus, would become fulfilled, then nothing would keep Haman away from harming her life the same as how he intends it to do unto her people, even unto the very last one within the kingdom. But when we read her words carefully, then we will also come to notice that a two dimensional demand sits hidden behind some of her words, even perhaps a three dimensional one. It's true that she asks for her people to be saved, but at the same time does this also refer to everyone within the kingdom as well. As the king becomes aware that even his standing will become tarnished, even beyond his kingdom, then we surely can take this matter a bit further. In doing so, then we can easily come to realize, when viewing the matter through a wider scope, that not stopping Haman would have caused repercussions to emerge even far beyond the borders of the kingdom, even beyond the set time it all did occur. Not only tens of thousands of Hebrews/Jews became saved, but also descendants of the lost tribes as well. Of course, no one can to this day really predict of what would have happened if it all had gone as Haman had planned. Only, the kingdom will surely have fallen into anarchy, becoming ruled by Haman, the new king. Other nations of that time will without doubt not have wasted any time to invade it, giving Haman the excuse of annihilating other minorities, and thus perhaps those of the lost Hebrew/Jewish tribes. Sometimes you would start to wonder if it was not meant to be, meaning in that the Southern kingdom of Judea had to fall so to save the people of the Northern one, and bring them, their descendants back home to Eretz Yisrael!

 

However, we do know that Mordecai once said that if salvation for the Jewish people wouldn't come through the handling of the situation by queen Esther, that it anyhow will come through other means of actions. Nevertheless, we must have to be realistic, and admit that it would have taken many decades, perhaps even centuries till the destructive nature of the decree would have brought back the Judaic faith to a level wherewith it could truly become again a spiritual force to be reckoned with, just the same as how it would have been when G-d would have gone it all alone with Moshe's entire family for instance. Yes, the connection between both times is quite astonishing when you pay attention to it, to the hidden connection with it in Esther’s time instead of a more open one, more visible. G-d is even here prepared to do the same as he once was bound to do so when Moshe was wandering around in the Sinai desert with the entire Hebrew/Jewish nation. We can of course wonder about whom it will have been, but that's not so difficult to reveal because king Ahasuerus didn't rule the entire world. He wasn't the king of the world, only the one of his kingdom, meaning that there were Jews living in places beyond his Empire. And more pressure would befall on their shoulders, in keeping the Judaic faith with honor, respect and dignity so that it once again could fulfill its task of blessings, of healing the world of man, setting free all of its souls so that humankind could really and finally enter a better world in time to come. Sure, if this had become the course of history, then it for certain would have meant an enormous setback. It surely would have taken its toll, but it teaches us at the same time that we can be assured of the fact and reality that He won't rest till every soul becomes freed from its captivity, that justice will be served, and a culture of life will enlighten this entire world everlasting, no matter the hardship that befalls the Jewish people in any time. That's the core of Mordecai's saying, namely that nothing will stop G-d from achieving what He wants to see becoming fulfilled through the hands of those of the Hebrew/Jewish nation He has chosen to lead His people, even the world entire, and who He has promised His eternal help in any time and place. Only, we are free to accept it, or not! Hadassah was therefore chosen to lead her people, but only if she accepts the offer given, just as Moshe was given this same choice, even more than once. Yeah, maybe G-d was thus just bluffing when He seemingly wanted to go it all alone with Moshe, to see if he had learnt what he had being taught about. And Moshe gave Him the only right answer he was supposed to give Him!

 

We are thus free to take His hand out of Egypt, or to let us become or be kept enslaved. Yes, like queen Esther said that she wouldn't have come to the king when the latter would have been the case. She would have kept her silence. And we again do witness a clear reference to the time of Yisrael's Egyptian enslavement. We come to understand anew how either times are some way or another intertwined with each other. It's even a quite astonishing remark from the queen herself, meaning that she was prepared to save her people from dead because of them and herself being sold, and what it would cause to the king's standing, but wouldn't save no one from the hardship of becoming enslaved. Maybe it's because of the people's life that won't be harmed, in that they won't be murdered. Still, it's a very strange point of view because the result at the end could become the same whether it becomes fulfilled through the physical, and/or spiritual aspect of the decree in question. True, though you don't have to kill someone literally, you still can murder him/her completely. And there sits them the hidden secret of Esther's response because she knew that when this would happen, that it would only take a matter of time before the Jewish soul becomes freed, and the dead be brought back to life again. This is the uppermost important reason of why she with such an ease does respond to the king as she did. After all, she was Jewish, and this till her last breath of air in her world and time, above all in body, mind and soul. But she as a Jew, a Jewish soul, knew everything about what was being told her by Mordecai for otherwise she wouldn't have taken the matter of his threat that seriously, and taken upon her a time of fasting. She was very well acquainted with everything that was known about the Judaic faith at that time, even the prophecies. She was therefore well aware that her people would become saved when only becoming enslaved. But correct, if it would have occurred in this way, then one very important prophecy wouldn't have become fulfilled as predicted within the set time. Anyhow, it did happen as prophesied, and so we can relax. What didn't happen should thus only serve us as a help in explaining in a much better detail the extent of the salvation that occurred to all of humankind.

 

It didn't only saved the life of queen Esther and her people. It also saved the king's life and that of all his constituencies. It even saved many more people throughout the entire world. And it still causes this salvation to occur till this day and beyond for the benefit of many more souls worldwide. Nothing of a kind would have occurred if it hadn't happened as it did happen. But it did, and that's the most important essence that we should cherish always within the depth of our heart, but rather mind because it's the uppermost important reality of all realities that can give us a new life in a better world, just the same as Moshe's decision, in the same depth as queen Esther took it, brought tens of thousands of Jewish souls back to life, even their body and their mind. Both their decisions gave even the soul of the stranger the much needed boast of energy. Yes, they both have managed to set them all free. And it's true that this occurred way back in time, but it's still something which is constantly happening within every time. Only, today we're sadly enough not really that deeply aware of this reality anymore. We often catch ourselves off guard, being busy as we are in trying to please the world of Haman more instead of creating the most perfect condition of not only setting free our Jewish souls, but every soul throughout the entire world that is, and in any time beyond even our own one. Haman, or even Amalek, has only become a symbol of evil. Having become in the ability of putting the record straight doesn't in any way mean that it's finished with this kind of people. We will always have to be vigilant day and night for as long as we're not at the end of our times, and not waste any more precious time on futile efforts in deciding if the king's assumption was right or wrong. Yes, for as long as we are not on the verge of entering the world to come, a better time for all and everyone. We shouldn't waste a court of law's time when the obvious is so clear that it only will keep us sidetracked from the main track if we let us become trapped, which at the end will only cause the evil in question to the matter become worse, perhaps we even becoming unable of preventing it from happening. And this isn't the core lesson which G-d is giving us here, nor in any place throughout the entire Torah because our mission is to save lives, and above all their souls thus, not endangering them through all kinds of corruptive behavior, or even by letting compromised people serve the bench, even in politics, and even within a religious lifestyle. This isn't the world that G-d taught us about! What the king in his anger thus said when returning into the room was fully true and correct because Haman did try to hurt the queen in his house if you look very carefully into what happened, and what was really said taking his, that is Haman's decree in consideration, and therefore the justified silence by everyone within the room!

 

But do we have the courage to change the tide? Do we have the desire to put the matter straight once more? Are we willing to come forward to the stand, and testify with silence? Are we prepared to become witnesses no matter the threats still being made by the accused? Have we enough courage in us to say no to whatever evil wish that evil wants us to get see fulfilled? Can we just say no, even when it occurs in our profession?

 

Yes we can because evil has no power at all when we all together would do so in a unified voice and action. If no corrupted and compromised person would give in to what evil persons in the likeness of Haman could ask from them to do, even under the threat of them being killed, or sacked in retaliation, then it will have no fertile ground to cultivate even more evil. Our world will become truly a land of milk and honey while its own world will become a desert in retreat. Humankind will become a world as it has never been during its entire history till that most precious day we all do await. It will become a Garden of Eden alike. The desert landscape created through man's evil actions or due to his behaviors out of egoism, even selfishness thus, will eventually become green again, a paradise to live and to die in when seen within the concept of body and mind only. Those seemingly lost souls will be getting their freedom as well, and the desert will bloom once more to never vanish from our sight. It's no pipedream, and we know it. Yes, deep down we know that we can achieve this when we want it, when we would put our ego where it belongs, where we should have put it already long ago. It's thus just a matter of time now. But true, we can still accept the offer, or reject it, and keep our souls confined to the world of gallows and alike, to the vicious circle wherein humankind seems to be unable of getting out of it while we in every time and place have always been given this light to show us the way, and walk away from it to a better world. However, the only certainty in all this is that the longer we wait, the harder it will become, and the more innocent lives it will cost while nature in general will also bear heavy losses, a nature we do need to survive, as we are not just souls alone! In any way, the spark within us all has never left us, and we must keep believing firmly that the ‘dead’ will be revived because when the world enters a new time, when we enter the world to come, then all souls will regain their freedom. A world which almost lost its life will become revived again, and man will live as how he never did, but always felt that his presence in this time, in this world, was meant, and is meant to serve a higher purpose. Every decent human being knows that deep within him-/herself lives the core of his/her life, the very essence of why s/he lives. That's the hidden strength of this entire Megillah, almost to be seen as a summary of the Torah, albeit with a very strong and powerful hidden message. It's for us to open the package, the gift, and see for ourselves what's in it. And we have to learn to do it ourselves this time, to do so over and over again till we'll have achieved what the message wanted us to achieve. Yes, we have to learn to keep on digging deeper and deeper, and not become afraid of what it is asking from us to fulfill because as it has put a deep trust in us, so shouldn't we betray its trust in us neither. The only thing we have to do is trying to be sure, and be certain that we'll put the matter straight correctly, just and decisively without any hesitation whatsoever, but always be aware that life and the freedom of every soul is much more important than succumbing to the worshipping of a culture of dead, and the subsequent captivity of every soul throughout the entire world of man, no matter in what we belief and/or part of this world we live in, even time.

 

Is this something we can realize? Are we up to the task?

 

Yes, we're as ready as we can possibly be, the same as queen Esther was ready to come forward with what worried her so deeply that she had a great difficulty in telling it, out of fear for not doing it right, and still cause the decree to become fulfilled. But with what a bang she opened up. With what a force she blossomed, a flowering which was so bright that it shocked Haman so deeply that he couldn't think straight anymore, while she did it in his stead now. Only, her straightforward words were words of goodness while those of him have always been the complete opposite. From a shy personality, she had succeeded in transforming herself into a very strong woman indeed, and this with the help of her king, even King, G-d thus. Sometimes it's all a matter of perception, of how you look at something. And it's only when you come to know all the facts as they really are that a just, correct and objective judgment can be made to a particular case in question. But more important it is to come forward with the facts at the right time, the moment that they will have the most impact for them to have a chance to change the entire world of man into becoming a better world. And the trueness of this statement will be proven time and time again by the future of Esther's Judaic world and faith till today and beyond.

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