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Why would I celebrate Purim?
“with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.” – Esther 9:19
Sounds fun, doesn’t it? If you listen to the phrases in the book of Esther, You will hear words that are mentioned again in scripture. Father has a way of doing this, I think as reminders and teaching tools.
“that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same month, year by year, 22 as the days on which the Jews gained 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 presents to the poor.” – Esther 9:20
This scripture is beautiful, but long. So, please, hang in there.
“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
And declare it in the isles afar off, and say,
‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he.
Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,
Streaming to the goodness of the Lord—
For wheat and new wine and oil,
For the young of the flock and the herd;
Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden,
And they shall sorrow no more at all.
“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together;
For I will turn their mourning to joy,
Will comfort them,
And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance,
And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says theLord.” – Jeremiah 31:10-14 (NRSV)
What a celebration. There is my first reason for celebrating:
1. It has prophetic significance.
Over and over, YHWH saves His people from people stronger than them. In almost every generation (certainly ours) people have come against the Chosen Ones of Israel. Why? – Various trivial reasons, all leading to one evidence. People continue to hate Jews simply for being Jews.
We are told that He will bless those who bless Jacob’s seed. If anyone comes against Israel, he comes against her King (who is Messiah Jesus/Yeshua).
Notice, who God (Elohim) is talking to – Gentiles. The Hebrew word rendered as “nations” is – “Goy.” That word is also translated as Gentiles and Pagan.
I have been trying to explain to my Christian friends that we should identify ourselves as children of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel to very little avail. Instead most Christians prefer to be named among the “Goy.”
If we can look at history and see the hatred that pagans have displayed toward YHWH and his chosen ones, you would think we could recognize such hatred as evil when we see it in contemporary affairs.
The feast of Lots/Purim was not established in Torah, but it was set forth as a memorial. It was sanctified and anointed as an appointed time.
“ the Jews ordained and took upon them and upon their seed and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, that without fail they would keep these two days according to their writing and according to their appointed time every year;” Esther 9:27
Which leads me to my second reason:
2. I have been grafted (joined together) into Israel.
I am on of the sojourners who has joined with Yah’s chosen ones. I realize this reveals a narrow road that I must travel. Many Jews (even some Messianics) would not claim me. And since most Christians accept the name “Gentile” over “Jewish,” many would simply choose to avoid this feast as well as others because they have been designated as Jewish Holy Days. Some Christians have literally shunned our family for our bond with Israel.
Do you realize how hard it is to find a camp when you are in this tiny middle ground?
What is Holy? I’ll answer that. YHWH and anything that He makes Holy. He calls the feasts His appointed times. He does not call them Jewish Holy Days. To our observances – Some Jews call it blasphemy. Some Christians call it heresy. I call it Bible. Sola Scriptura, right? I have been reformed. I have been revived, and it began with the gift of repentance. Not only do I have access to His presence through the blood of Yeshua, I have access to His celebrations.
On to the next reason:
3. Yah’s Name has been hidden, but His Hand is Strong.
Look at the book of Esther and you can see a few similarities to our day.
- YHWH’s name does not appear in the book of Esther.
- YHWH’s name is hidden in almost all of our Bibles. Even though it is there in the Hebrew our English translators have chosen to replace His actual name with the title of LORD. Lord is another word in Hebrew – Adonai.
- YHWH is fully revealed in the works of His right Hand.
- YHWH’s right hand guides us today as Jesus/Yeshua works mighty things all around the world.
When the Son comes back, we will see Him face to face and hear His Name. He will reign with a mighty Hand.
Let me recap on the gist of what we celebrate when we celebrate Purim.
Actually, let Yah’s Word speak for Itself.
” because Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had schemed against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is, the lot) to consume them and to destroy them.
But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that this wicked scheme which Haman devised against the Jews should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
Therefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur [that is, Lot].” Esther 9:24-26
May He shelter you under the shadow of His wings.
May He bless you and keep you.
May He make His Face to shine on you and give you grace.
may He lift up His countenance and give you Shalom.