King Ahasuerus/Xerxes, Queen Vashti, little Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordecai. ❤ Happy Purim!
Reading through Esther as a family.
"That means that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile -- ADONAI is the same for everyone, rich toward everyone who calls on Him, since everyone who calls on the name of Adonai will be delivered." -Romans 10:12
Ah, the Feast of Lots, or the Feast of Purim. A Biblical observance where God's chosen people were sought for destruction by the casting of lots--or throwing of dice--to destroy them. Adonai turned the tables on the plots of their enemies, through the surprise placement of Hebrew Hadassah as the Persian Queen Esther. There is much we can take from this important story in history. God does not "play dice with the universe," His provision, care and promises can be trusted! And throughout His Word, we find evidence that He is our Deliverer!
"I, yes I, am ADONAI; besides me there is no deliverer [Moshia’]." -Isaiah 43:11 (CJB)
The establishment of Purim as a celebration for God's people and those who ally themselves with them, is laid out for us in Scripture.
"...they made a custom for themselves and for their descendants and for all those who allied themselves with them, so that they would not fail to celebrate..." - Esther 9:27
"So these days were to be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, every family, every province and every city;" ❤
What an awesome opportunity to teach our children the virtues of being BRAVE for the Kingdom of God and His people? The Book of Esther, among other things, affords us valuable examples of standing up against the crowd.
Our kids spent the entire day in the Book of Esther, of their own choice. It was awesome to witness!
Ultimately, we can point to God fulfilling His promises through the example of Esther. This story of deliverance, in turn, points us to the deliverance from our sin bondage through Yeshua (Jesus), our promised Savior and Messiah.
And, excitedly, it builds us up for the upcoming beauty of deliverance through the observance of Passover- Moses, and Christ The Lamb, as well as Christ's amazing Resurrection on the Feast of First Fruits!
Celebrating the Biblical Feasts is so rewarding and JOYFUL! HalleluYah! May He Be Praised!