Date: February 21-22 2017

Biblical reference: Esther 9:21

What is it about?

During the reign of King Ahasuerus in the Medo-Persian captivity, Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite (the enemy of all the Jews from the seed of Amalek (Est.3))  due to his hatred towards Mordecia, devised a plan against the Jews to destroy them, and cast Pur, i.e.Lots to consume them and to destroy them. Queen Esther (the niece of Mordecai) made petition to King Ahasuerus to help deliver her people from the hands of Haman (Est. 7th). Haman eventually was hung on the same gallows which he built for the purpose of hanging Mordecai (Est. 7:8)

How do we celebrate it?

This Holy Day is celebrated by feasting and reading through the scriptures to get the history of the events that lead to the Jews being saved from their enemies by the Most High and Mordecai and Esther. It is also a time to send gifts to each other.

“Est 9:19  Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.”

How Christ will fulfill this Holy day:

The day of Purim signifies how our Lord and Savior under the command of the Heavenly Father will defend His people from the hands of their enemies (Psa 72:14, Psa 86:14, Psa 140:1, Psa 140:4, Psa 140:11, 2Sam. 22:3, Psa. 18:48, Psa. 59:1-2;2Esd. 13:32-38)

(This information is from gatheringofchrist.org)

The book of the rest of Esther is found in the Apocrypha.

Of course I can’t help to mention that Esther bathed in Myrrh for 6 months in preparation for the King. Well, I don’t know about you but that’s more romantic than Valentine’s Day card and such!


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