The Importance of Celebrating Purim
חג פורים שמח! !Happy Purim
Esther 4:14b (ESV) “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Purim is a fun day of celebration, delicious hamantashen and costumes… but it’s also an IMPORTANT holiday! Without God using Mordecai and Esther to save the Jews from the evil plans of Haman, we wouldn’t have the birth of Yeshua just five centuries later! God truly has a master plan that spans all of time, doesn’t He?!
Esther was exiled, orphaned, offered up to the king and yet OUR KING saw fit to use her as a key figure in the story of our redemption and salvation. We encourage you to read or revisit the Book of Esther. It is filled with God’s provision and faithfulness.
We can read about the inauguration of Purim in Esther 9:20-32 (ESV).
And Mordecai recorded these things and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, obliging them to keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same, year by year, as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor. So the Jews accepted what they had started to do, and what Mordecai had written to them. For Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is, cast lots), to crush and to destroy them. But when it came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. Therefore they called these days Purim, after the term Pur. Therefore, because of all that was written in this letter, and of what they had faced in this matter, and of what had happened to them, the Jews firmly obligated themselves and their offspring and all who joined them, that without fail they would keep these two days according to what was written and at the time appointed every year, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, in every clan, province, and city, and that these days of Purim should never fall into disuse among the Jews, nor should the commemoration of these days cease among their descendants. Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew gave full written authority, confirming this second letter about Purim. Letters were sent to all the Jews, to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, in words of peace and truth, that these days of Purim should be observed at their appointed seasons, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther obligated them, and as they had obligated themselves and their offspring, with regard to their fasts and their lamenting. The command of Esther confirmed these practices of Purim, and it was recorded in writing.
We can even read in John 5 about Yeshua celebrating an unnamed feast. Might it be Purim? There are arguments for and against, but regardless of this specific instance, Yeshua was a Jew and Purim is an important Jewish holiday. The Lord's name is not mentioned in Esther, perhaps God left the name of this feast out of John 5 as a Biblical treat for us!