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Faithful unto Death

written by Asher Intrater
March 06, 2011

After the Fast of Esther, we had a wonderful celebration of the Feast of Esther – with singing, dancing, “haman-cookies” and a play for the children. Our son Ami, who is enlisting this week in the Israeli army, gave the message. There were several not-yet-saved Israeli guests in attendance. One prayed with us to commit his life to follow Yeshua (Jesus), and another to be healed. 

The figures of Mordecai and Esther in the book of Esther are striking. They were quite different in personality. Mordecai was a man of total obedience. He refused to bow to Haman [as Yeshua refused to bow to Satan (Luke 4:7-8)]. His stance of faith brought him in opposition to the world empire, but he did not flinch. He was faithful even if it would mean his death.

Esther was a woman of total confidence in the grace and favor of God. Four times she addressed King Ahashueros, saying “If I find grace in your eyes.” Yet her dedication to the King also led her into a position where she would have to be faithful even unto death (Esther 4:14-16).

Yeshua challenged the congregation at Smyrna, “Be faithful unto death” – Revelation 2:10. Whether we have an Esther personality of bridal adoration, or a Mordecai personality of prophetic righteousness, we are all called to be faithful unto death. We have a covenant with Yeshua. He was faithful to His covenant with us even to death on the cross. Being faithful to covenantal relationships is very costly. We must be faithful to the covenant as well – faithful unto death to Yeshua and to our brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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