On the 14th of Adar Purim is celebrated. We find its origin in the book of Esther. Purim signifies the display of Gods power in redeeming a Nation from total eradication, when His people will courageously stand up and defend the Nation.
Purim feast was not commanded by the Lord, but was established as a celebration of God’s protection over the people of Israel from annihilation.
During the time of Esther the king had the final word and it was the Law of the land.
Esther a simple village girl, found favor in the eyes of the king and in the midst of great trials, dared to appear before the King, not knowing if she will live or die.
Despite the Kings orders, Mordechai refused to bow before Haman, and he gathered the people in unity to pray. Mordechai showed great courage, integrity to the word of God, integrity to God, to the people and to himself when he defied the kings orders to bow before Haman. Mordecai showed patriotism, and fear of God when he gathered and convinced the people to pray.
Haman, who was all about himself, sought to destroy the Jewish people. Haman paraded the law not because of integrity, but for selfish Ambitions.
Is there a parallelism to Esther’s story and to today’s society?
In today’s world we also have those who are like Esther, a Mordechai, or a Haman. It is a good time to evaluate who we closely represent.
If we are called by the Name of Christ we can all take the path of Mordechai and stand up against ungodliness, encourage one another to do the same and come together in Unity to pray.
Some of us may have the courage to be an Esther. Ask the Lord how you can do that.
As we are going through a very challenging and divisive time in the history of our nation, the world is watching to see what will happen here.
Regardless of where you stand, one thing is needed, for God to divinely intervene and establish His kingdom. The Bible admonishes us to pray for the welfare of our country.
During Purim, fasting is observed. This Purim can we lift our Nation into the hands of God? Pray for evil to be defeated and righteousness to win.
Here are a few scriptures that you can meditate about our response to people in places of leadership.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Jeremiah 29:7 – Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers you too will prosper.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land