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God of celebration!

Scripture reading for May 17th: Esther 8-10

When God wanted His people to remember something, He often designed a feast or celebration!  Looking back, God gave Israel “Passover” as a way to remember their deliverance from bondage in Egypt.  He gave them “Pentecost” and “Firstfruits” to celebrate the harvest and giving of His Law.  He gave them “Tabernacles” where they lived in booths to commemorate their 40 years in the wilderness before entering the promised land.  He gave the church the “Eucharist” (thanksgiving) to celebrate Jesus Christ’s final sacrifice and as a picture of the great wedding banquet to come!  God likes the idea of His people celebrating!

The Jews had good reason to celebrate!  Their enemy, Haman, had been hung on a gallows that he himself built.  The king had extended favor to Esther and Mordecai by giving them Haman’s estate.  Haman had offered 375 tons of silver (120 million dollars) to eliminate the Jews and the king told Mordecai to keep his money!  (Esther 3:9-11)

The king also granted them the right to defend themselves and eliminate their enemies!   Since the first decree which, according to the law of the land, could not be set aside, Mordecai was allowed to set that day to eliminate the enemies of the Jews.  Before the day came, many people of other nationalities became Jews for fear of them. (Esther 8:17)  On the day set by Haman, the tables were turned and over 75,000 enemies of the Jews were destroyed!  (Esther 9:1-2)  Esther asked for another day and it was granted!  Thus the feast of Purim (lot) was begun.  Annually they celebrated for two days giving gifts and eating choice foods, for their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into celebration!  (Esther 9:20-22)

What do we learn from all of this?  God is in absolute control of everything!  When His people fast and pray and seek to obey, He comes through.  Evil toward His people is turned back on the heads of those who would touch His children!  His children can celebrate a total victory over the forces of evil arrayed against them!  We win in the end!  Tell someone this good news today! Celebrate the victory that is yours in Jesus Christ!

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The Feast of Purim

Scripture reading for May 17th: Esther 8-10

When God wants His people to remember something, He usually designs a feast or celebration!   God gave Israel “Passover” as a way to remember their deliverance from bondage in Egypt.  He gave them “Pentecost or “first-fruits” to celebrate the harvest and giving of His Law.  He gave them “Tabernacles” where they lived in booths to commemorate their 40 years in the wilderness before entering the promised land.  He gave the church the “Eucharist” (thanksgiving) to celebrate Jesus Christ’s final sacrifice and as a picture of the great wedding banquet to come!   Our God likes the idea of His people celebrating!

The Jews had good reason to celebrate!  Their enemy, Haman, was hung on the gallows that he built.  The king had extended favor to Esther and Mordecai by giving them Haman’s estate.   Haman  had offered 375 tons of silver, the equivalent of about 120 million dollars, to eliminate the Jews and the king told him to keep his money!  (Esther 3:9-11)   His estate must have been tremendous. Not only that, but they were now granted the right to defend themselves against their enemies and even eliminate their enemies on the appointed day that Haman had picked by casting the l0t!  Their lives were spared and they were able to see their enemies get their due!

The plan was devised by Mordecai after the king granted him authority to write up what the Jews needed in order to counter the first decree which, according to the law of the land, could not be set aside.  Before the day came, many people of other nationalities became Jews for fear of them. (Esther 8:17)  On the day set by Haman, the tables were turned and the enemies of the Jews were themselves destroyed.  (Esther 9:1-2)  Five hundred were killed in Suza and another 75,000 were eliminated across the land of Persia by the Jews.  Esther asked for another day to eliminate enemies in Suza and the king granted her plea!  Thus the feast of Purim (lot) was begun.  They celebrated for two days giving gifts and eating choice foods!  (Esther 9:20-22)

God is in absolute control of everything!  When His people fast, pray and seek to obey, He comes through.  Evil toward His people is turned back on the heads of those who would harm His children!  Tell someone this good news today! Celebrate the victory that is ours in Jesus Christ!

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Relief from Enemies

Scripture reading for May 18th: Esther 8-10

Don’t you just love a happy ending to a sad story?  The story of Esther and her uncle, Mordecai, has a good ending for the people of God as well as for the principle characters.  The ones that were designated for death and destruction got to take revenge on their enemies.  The ones on the bottom got to be at the top.  There was joy and rejoicing in the camp of the Jews wherever they were scattered throughout the land.

Haman had cast a lot, probably by throwing dice or some similar gambling device.   He trusted in luck and the help of gods to choose a date to wipe out the Jews.   He was overruled by God and was hanged on the gallows he constructed to kill Mordecai.  Mordecai was given his place of rulership and Queen Esther petitioned the King to change the edict.  What she did not realize was that a command of the King could not be rescinded.  (Esther 8:3-8)  The King was sympathetic, granted her Haman’s estate, and allowed another edict to be drawn up.  This edict granted the Jews the right to gather and protect themselves and even to get relief from their enemies!  (Esther 8:11-14)

When the appointed day arrived, the Jews quickly acted against their enemies.  They killed the ten sons of Haman and 500 others in Susa alone.  Queen Esther petitioned to have a second day to finish the work and the King granted it.   In all of the country 75,000 were killed by the Jews.  (Esther 9:16-17)  The Jews then officially set apart the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the 12th month as a day of celebration and joy because of what God had done.  They give presents to one another and gifts to the poor.  The name of this feast is “Purim”.  It is named after the Hebrew word for “lot” which is “pur”  (Esther 9:26-27)

This story is a picture of the great reversal that belongs to each child of God.  We can look forward to the punishment of those who have mistreated us.  God knows how to keep the wicked for the day of punishment and how to preserve and reward those who are faithful to Him!  The day is coming when we will dance on the ashes of the wicked!  (Malachi 3:2-3)

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The Feast of Purim

Scripture reading for May 17th: Esther 8-10

When God wants His people to remember something, He usually designs a feast or celebration!  How is that for a new view of God!  Looking back, God gave Israel “Passover” as a way to remember their deliverance from bondage in Egypt.  He gave them “Pentecost” and “Firstfruits” to celebrate the harvest and giving of His Law.  He gave them “Tabernacles” where they lived in booths to commemorate their 40 years in the wilderness before entering the promised land.  He gave the church the “Eucharist” (thanksgiving) to celebrate Jesus Christ’s final sacrifice and as a picture of the great wedding banquet to come!  Let’s face it, our God likes the idea of His people celebrating and the celebrations will continue in the life to come!

The Jews had good reason to celebrate!  Their enemy, Haman, had been hung on a gallows that he himself built.  The king had extended favor to Esther and Mordecai by giving them Haman’s estate.  If you will remember, he had offered 375 tons of silver, the equivalent of about 120 million dollars, to eliminate the Jews and the king told him to keep his money!  (Esther 3:9-11)   His estate must have been tremendous. Not only that, but they were now granted the right to defend themselves against their enemies and even eliminate their enemies on the appointed day that Haman had picked by casting the l0t!  Their lives were spared and they were able to see their enemies get their due!

This plan was devised by Mordecai after the king granted him authority to write up what the Jews needed in order to counter the first decree which, according to the law of the land, could not be set aside.  Before the day came, many people of other nationalities became Jews for fear of them. (Esther 8:17)  On the day set by Haman, the tables were turned and the enemies of the Jews were themselves destroyed.  (Esther 9:1-2)  Five hundred were killed in Suza and another 75,000 were eliminated across the land of Persia by the Jews.  Esther asked for another day in Suza and the king granted her plea and even more enemies were eliminated!  God truly turned the tables and the lot was reversed in favor of His people!  Thus the feast of Purim (lot) was begun.  They celebrated for two days giving gifts and eating choice foods, for their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into celebration!  (Esther 9:20-22)

What do we learn from all of this?  God is in absolute control of everything!  When His people fast and pray and seek to obey, He comes through.  Evil toward His people is turned back on the heads of those who would touch His children!  His children can celebrate a total victory over the forces of evil arrayed against them!  We win in the end!  Tell someone this good news today! Celebrate the victory that is yours in Jesus Christ!

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