Posted by: Michelle Knoll | May 25, 2009

Thoughts on a Book, Part 2

Greetings again!

I have finished the book, “The Mantle of Esther,” and I am deeply moved. 

For those of you who missed my first post on this book, let me go back and review for you.  The book is about the life of Esther, and how her life as the Queen is a type of intercession.

It’s a very inspiring book.  I fell in love with the thing! and underlined many passages.  I wish I could repeat all of that here, but that would be unfair to the author.  However, there are so many strong truths in this explanation of Esther’s life, and her position before the king, and her calling, it’s just… amazing.

When I first wrote about this book, I talked about how the author focuses on the sovereignty of God, and explains that everything, even the pressing needs that are on our hearts, must be brought into God’s presence with a clear understanding of and submission to His majesty.

This matches perfectly with the introduction that Jesus uses in the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father, Who are in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name…”

We don’t take enough time to give His Name the honor it is due.  And Mr. Christenson makes that point very clear in the first chapter of the book, but also continues to stress that point throughout the book.  He states that just because we have come into the Presence of God before, that each time we approach the throne of Grace, we must hold in our hearts an awe and reverance… considering each time before the Lord as a seperate experience.  In other words, do not take our position for granted, but see it as the privilege that it is. 

A very sobering thought indeed.

But the author also makes the point clear that the most important part of intercession is our worship of the Father as Almighty God.  We must linger in God’s Presence, and we must realize that we are in the position we are in because God placed us there.  All is done for the glory of God, even the requests that we bring before Him.  But we are not to parade our requests before His face in an impatient manner.  He longs for us to dwell in His Presence, lingering there, communing with Him.  It is in the lingering that we hear His heart, we sense His thoughts, we understand His ways.

Another point that Mr. Christenson brings out is that Esther brought her petitions before the king, and didn’t try to deal with Haman herself.  I really liked that!  I’ve struggled with how we are to deal with the devil according to the Word of God.  The Bible says to “resist the devil,” meaning don’t give him any place or authority, or anything.  Pay him no mind.  But when someone is under attack, we must seek God first before doing anything else!  Something that we sometimes forget.

Now, the author did also say that once the law had been decreed for the Jews to be killed, it could not be erased.  So another law had to be written that would supercede the first.  I loved how he explained how that process relates to our position in Christ!  In the story of Esther, the Jews were told they could “defend themselves” against anyone who tried to attack them.  And so can we!  However, we can take up our position of defence only after we have been before the King and presented our petitions, and asked Him to take care of our enemies.  See the process?  Isn’t that cool?

If you are interested in intercession at all, then please get the book!  I am certain you will love it.


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