Happy Purim in the Matchless Love of Yahshua!
We all know Purim comes from the amazing victory written of in the Book of Esther or, her Jewish name, Hadassah. Haman, an evil and arrogant man, wanted the Jews killed due to Mordecai refusing to bow down to him. However, Esther, who had become Queen when she found approval in the King's eyes, managed to foil Haman's plot.
But how did Esther do this?
She obeyed and trusted her Uncle Mordecai. Mordecai alerted her to Haman's plan and warned Esther that if she failed to use her position of influence to help her people, someone else would save them but she would be condemned. Esther, at great personal risk, agreed to do the right thing, heed her Uncle and prayed and fasted for 3 days.
She then went to the King and proceeded to expose Haman, his nefarious plot and eventually turned the evil Haman plan on its head. Not only was Haman killed on the very stake erected to kill Mordecai, but the Jews were allowed by the King to rise up against their enemies who had planned to destroy them, and instead brought their enemies to an end.
Not only do we see how Yah turned an evil scheme into a total spiritual victory, not only do we see the enemy completely routed and defeated, but we see this happened because one Godly woman chose, at great personal risk, to obey her Uncle.
Keep in mind, Esther did not have to submit to her Uncle. She was second only to the King. Also, by going to the King and making the request Mordecai asked of her, the King could choose to have her killed since he never summoned her. But Esther put her life at risk to honor her Uncle and do the right thing.
Esther certainly was no feminist. She chose to submit when she could have used her position as reason to refuse. And she used her position instead to help those who had no power. She defended the weak and helpless and attacked the arrogant.
Yah can turn very evil events in our life into great victories which result in much good. But often Yah only does this when we choose to rely on Him, even when doing so could jeopardize our reputation or something else we hold precious.
When we are in positions of power and authority, will we follow the example of Esther and remain humble, doing what is right? That can be the ultimate test of our character.
And I think, in many ways, this is what Purim is about. Esther's character was tested, and she came through with flying colors. When we are tested, and we will be, how will we react? The children of Israel were also tested in the wilderness, they failed, wouldn't rely on Yah, and perished in the desert. This set the nation back 40 years before they could be tested again and enter the promised land.
Will we, when tested, fail, and be set back in our spiritual lives? Will we not take the blessings Yah yearns for us to have? Or will we, like Esther, pass the testing of our characters, rely on Yahshua, and accomplish mighty spiritual exploits for our Yah?
Don't let this Purim go by without asking yourselves these questions, and asking Yah to prepare you so that when you are tested as Esther was, you too will also follow in her footsteps, and achieve the victory and blessings Yah intends for your life.
Have a very happy and joyful victorious Feast of Purim!