Updated: Feb 15
And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him, Esther 6:13. Lets take a look at that statement made by Haman's wise men. What Haman has done here is typical. He has run his mouth. He has made big plans, but he has not consulted his wise men until things began to fall apart.
Who were the wise men of Ahasuerus's kingdom? Well, since the days of Daniel's ascendency you can be sure that wise men have been trained in whatever it was that Daniel taught. He kept his position through a couple of power changes. Ahasuerus did not conquer that huge territory that he ruled. That was done by Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus and Darius. Ahasuerus had inherited all of that kingdom and the wise men that those men set up. Daniel had originally trained those wise men and a wise man trained in that kingdom would know his doctrine.
That brings us back to the phrase, "seed of the Jews". Were the Jews waiting for a seed? Of course they were. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ, Galatians 3:16. Let's take a look at what the wise men did not say. They did not say, "If Mordecai before whom you have begun to fall be a Jew."
No one in his right mind would have questioned whether or not Mordecai was a Jew. The entire pogrom being planned by Haman was predicated on the fact that Mordecai was a Jew. The whole palace was in an uproar over the gallows built for Mordecai the Jew. Haman referred to him over and over as Mordecai the Jew. The wise men would have never questioned whether or not Mordecai was a Jew. They questioned if he was of the seed of the Jews, a person. They called that seed of the Jews a "whom".
Haman had bitten off far more than he could chew. He wasn't just picking on a Jew, he was picking on someone who was of the seed of the Jews. Christians often mistakenly think that the concept Paul spoke of in Romans 9:7,8 is a New Testament doctrine, Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. That concept was alive and well in the Old Testament.
When King Ahab went to war in I Kings 20 he numbered "all the children of Israel, being seven thousand, Vs. 15. Surely more men lived in all of Israel than just seven thousand men! This was a special lot of men. It was all of the children of Israel. That is what Paul explained when he said, they are not all Israel, which are of Israel, Romans 9:6b. He was not revealing a new doctrine. He was recognizing an Old Testament truth. God had reserved for himself a special group who were more than just Jews, they were those spoken of when the Lord told Elijah, Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him, I Kings 19:18. In the very next chapter God sent those seven thousand to war and not one of them perished. When Ahab fought the second time he took the same seven thousand with him (I Kings 20:27).
This is the warning that the wise men were giving Haman, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shall surely fall, Esther 6:13. The Old Testament clearly taught that there was a seed to come. It clearly taught that not all Jews were the true children of Israel. The wise men understood this and Haman listened to them far too late. The Apostle Paul did not coin those doctrines, he recognized them and clarified them for us.
Last night in Bible Study, a young man asked me why I criticized people who learned their doctrine through commentaries. I explained that most people who study commentaries do so because they have been taught that they could never understand their bibles without special insights from the scholars. Nothing could be more wrong. A man in my church by the name of Mike Falk coined this saying, "you, while studying a King James Bible, aided by the Spirit of God, are as intelligent as any man on earth."
The passage we have just looked at in Esther is a good example of what is wrong with the scholars. They have been teaching for two thousand years that God is never mentioned in the Book of Esther. To a Christian, the seed of the Jews is a person. He is Jesus Christ. The wise men didn't know the name of Jesus Christ, but they did know there was a seed to come. He is mentioned if you put the commentaries down long enough to see for yourself.