Updated: Feb 15
We saw in the last post that Haman did not fall before Mordecai the Jew. He fell before the seed of the Jews who we know as Jesus Christ. There is more to the Book of Esther than a reminder of the providence of God. For the student of the Word of God who will believe every word written, there are other truths.
One of heresies that has crept in among King James Bible believing groups, is the error in identifying what a Jew really is. Forty years ago when I first made the acquaintance of King James Bible believers, support for Jews was universal among them. That has changed. I am increasingly hearing of people who question whether the Jews we know of in Israel or in the United States are truly descendants of Abraham.
That thinking follows a very racial line of thinking. To such people, if the DNA of Abraham cannot be found in a person claiming Jewish identity today, that person is not a Jew. In a subsequent post I will take some time to refute much of the racial nonsense that sifts its way into Baptist circles, but for now we will just look at the Jews.
And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them, Esther 8:17. Think about what that verse said, And many of the people of the land became Jews. It didn't say they pretended to be Jews. It says that a group of people who have no racial affinity with Abraham, changed their identities to the identity of a Jew.
To be a Bible believer is to believe that it is impossible for the Bible to state something in its narrative, and not have what it stated 100% accurate historically and doctrinally. When the Bible wants to convey a general impression that people have stated an error, without committing itself to its accuracy, it will make that clear. Look at Luke 3:23, And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.
You see there that the scriptures could never call Jesus the son of Joseph. The scriptures can quote a man saying the wrong thing and calling Jesus the son of Joseph, Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph, John 1:45. What it cannot do is to flat out make a wrong statement itself. That is one of the many obvious flaws in the NIV and similar bible corruptions, they call Joseph the father of Jesus right in the narrative in Luke 2:33. The Holy Ghost would never do that.
Years ago a false will and testament was forged for the Howard Hughes estate. It was exposed partially because one of his possessions (an airplane) was called the "Spruce Goose". He hated that title and those that knew him knew that the paper in front of them was not from him. There are two streams of bibles that have come to us from history. One stream claiming to be God's testament calls Jesus the son of Joseph in Luke 2:33, saying, "his father and his mother". The other stream says, And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him, Luke 2:33. People who know God are not fooled. It would be impossible for the Holy Ghost to write in the narrative that Joseph was the father of Jesus.
Likewise, it would be impossible for the Holy Ghost to say, became Jews, if they did not indeed become Jews. Therefore the concept that only blood descendants of Abraham can be called Jews is dead wrong. Throughout the Jews' history, many peoples have clung to them. This has happened not only in Ahasuerus's kingdom as we see here, but has happened in Russia and other places. Those who became Jews, suffered with them and have been accepted by them. Your King James Bible agrees with the decision to call them Jews. It is rank anti-semitism to pretend that they are not Jews.