Purim is the time in which we celebrate a great victory in Jewish history as mentioned in the biblical Book of Esther. Purim (which means lots) reminds us of the lots that were cast for the fate of the Jews living in ancient Persia. An evil man named Haman, an Amalekite, rose to second in command in the Persian kingdom. He didn’t like the Jews because they refused to bow to him, specifically one Jew, Mordechai, Esther’s cousin.
One day the king of Persia decided to hold a beauty contest to choose a new queen. Esther was told by Mordechai to hide her identity lest she face anti-Semitism. So, she did…until Haman told the king that the Jews were evil and must be exterminated, and the king believing Haman’s lies issued a decree to eliminate the Jews. Lots were cast for the date. Esther had very little time to decide what she was going to do. Her only course of action was to reveal who she was to the king. The king hadn’t summoned her for a month and to go before the king unsummoned was certain death unless he held out his scepter in approval. Esther risked her life, approached the king and found favor in the king’s sight. She told him all that Haman had done to try to kill her and her people. The king, unable to change his previous decree of death, issued a new one, that the Jews could defend themselves against the marauders. And so, the Jews did defend themselves and were saved. Haman and all his sons were hanged on the gallows for their treachery, and Mordechai instead was put in his place.
So, Purim is the culmination of victory over a more powerful enemy. It shows us that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 Jn. 4:4). Whenever we feel down or like the enemy of our souls, satan, is out to get us, we need to only look up for our deliverance and help. God sees all and He is ready and waiting to answer every sincere plea.
In this season of political and social turmoil, let us remember that it is not the earthly kings of this world that determine the fate of the Kingdom of Heaven, but THE KING OF KINGS, YESHUA. He is our salvation and help.
This Purim, may you know that the King of the Universe desires to set His decree upon you, for life, for happiness, for peace and for justice…And His decree cannot be overturned!