The book of Esther called in Hebrew, The Megillah.
Purim is a minor festival of the Jewish calendar, and it occurs on the 14th day Adar (March- 3 – 2020) the day before on the 2nd is the Fast of Esther. And we will get back to that later.
There are four main charters in this story, the hero of course is Queen Esther, she was Jewish and had won the Miss Shushan Contest and became the Queen.
The King of Persia (Iran) was Achashveros, known in secular history as King Xerxes. In those days he was the ruling empire having conquered the Babylonians (Iraq). His kingdom was a multicultural society with a large Jewish community. But never stayed well for the Jews, as long as the Devil is free to roam.
In Achasheros’s Kingdom one of his officials named Haman was a very evil man. So evil in fact, that he required all the Kings subject to bow to him as he considered them all pagans. Also among the Kings subjects was a Jew named Mordechai who discovered that Haman was planning to kill the Jews. To make things even worse, being a Jew he refused to bow to Haman as that would be considered idolatry.
We read in the Megillah that Haman was filled with rage at Mordechai’s insubordination. He was so outraged in fact that he decided to kill all the Jews in Persia. He decided to make the decision on when to exterminate the Jews by casting lots. (Pur in Hebrew) and that is where the name Purim comes from. His plan was much like that of Hitler’s it was to kill the young, old, women and children. Mordechai had a niece her name was, you guessed it “:Esther”. And we read in Esther 4:13-14, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the King’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
At great risk to herself she openly approached the King, the Jews were saved and Haman was hung on the gallows he had built for Mordechai. There is much, much more to this story, and I encourage you to read the Megillah (The book of Esther).
In every century there is a wicked Haman, the Romans, the Greeks, Syrians, Turks, Babylonians, Egyptians, the Germans and many others over the past 4000 years or so. Today wicked Haman has a name and it comes from Persia again. All these men are possessed with the spirit of the Devil and they have but one goal and that is to eliminate the Jews, to destroy Israel, or both.
There is another element of this Holiday, that is fasting and prayer. For on the 13th of Adar (Ta’anit Esther) It is a time to remember the days of Queen Esther and to fast and pray in hopes of averting a massacre to the Jewish people. For once again at the time of this Purim, we here in Israel are looking at a certain war, that certainly looks as if there is no way out for us. But we know of One who can deliver us from the evil, be it supernatural or however He chooses to do so. So I ask you now to miss a meal or two or more, to fast and pray for the Jews of Israel, that we may be saved from another massacre.
Many have ask me to ask everyone to pray and fast for three days. But I think fasting and praying is a personal relationship each of us have with the Father. So I ask you as a Jewish Believer in Yeshua to exercise that relationship, Talk to God, and if you should feel led to fast and pray for us here in Israel, it will be your Mitzvah (good deed for Israel and all of us Jews).
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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for our son Joel in the IDF Special Forces, for this Ministry and your part in it. Shalom, jerry golden