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[Inner Wheels] > Isaiah 17 - Pey - God's Lot for His Enemies
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Spoke 17

God's Lot for His Enemies

Isaiah 17 chain Esther

Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Isaiah 17 (vss. 12ff)

And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. ... wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai. In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

Book 17 (Esther 3:5f)

The Seventeenth Book of the Bible is one of two that does not explicitly mention any name of God. The reasons for this have long been seen as of deliberate divine design. The book of Esther reveals the hidden hand of God in what appears to be random events, such as wicked Haman's casting of the Pur, that is, the Lot (cf. Megillat Esther: Unveiling the Hidden).

This is, of course, the only way to understand the reality of the Holy Bible, Prophecy, and its divine structure in the form of the Wheel. And here with the incredible KeyLinks between Isaiah 17 and the 17th Book, we see Esther doing double duty providing evidence of God's hidden hand in both its message found in the plain text and in its geometric integration with the rest of Scripture.

The word Pur does not occur outside the book of Esther, but its synonym Goral (S# H1486) does. Beginning in Esther 3.5 we read:

And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai. In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them. If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.

Goral (Lot) appears 77 times, most frequently in Joshua where it was used under the direct command of God to determine each tribes inheritance in the land. In the Book of Isaiah, it appears only three times, which gives a 3/66 or 1/22 chance of it randomly falling in Isaiah 17 (orresponding to the Book of Esther). That's a little less than a 5% chance - not very good odds, but certainly not impossible.

These odds shift somewhat when we read the context in which the lot appears in Isaiah - it is speaking of what happens to those who seek to destroy God's People:

This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

The word translated as rob is bazaz (S# H0962). It is translated as "prey" in Esther 3 as part of the destruction ordered by wicked Haman after he received his lot:

Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring. And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.

Isaiah 17 and Chapter 3 of Esther are the only chapters in all the Bible that mention both Goral and Bazaz. We have therefore, this KeyLink declaring the eternal perfection of God's Holy Word:

KeyLink: God's Lot for His Enemies
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I challenge anyone to try to calculate the odds of this KeyLink happening by chance! The answer is in fact zero because there is no principle that demands Isaiah use either the word goral nor bazaz in any of his writings, let alone in a mathematically perfect integration with the order of the Christian Canon! Glory to God in the Highest! Hallelujah to the Name of the Most High God!

Yet for all this, we have just begun. Returning to Isaiah 17.12, we see God's description of the nations seeking to destroy Israel. I give an interlinear translation so God's Miracle can be clearly seen:

The second word from the right - Hamon (S# H1995) - differs from the name of the wicked Hamon by nothing but the vowel letter Vav. This means that the name of the enemy of God's people, who used a lot to find the time to rob and kill them, is implicit here in Isaiah 17 along with everything else that points to the Book of Esther. Oh Glory to God! How I tremble when I open His Holy Word!

Looking at the last word - Yehemayon - we see one of the Purim traditions, the making of loud noises! This word is from the root Hamah (S# H1993) which is closely related to Hamon and the name of Haman, the archvillain of Esther! Jews typically spin a mechanical noisemaking device - grogger - to make a loud grating sound to drown out the name of Haman when the Scroll of Esther is read. We have here a complete convergence of Rabbinbical tradition, the meaning of the Hebrew Letters, and the structure of the Christian Canon in the form of the Wheel! Praise God! His wonders never cease! This is the very wisdom of Almighty God - enacted in the History of Israel and enshrined forever in His Holy Word.






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