Purim is upon us again
Book of Esther: Purim and what it means to us.
Pur (Purim) : The casting of lots
Purim is in March this year, it is the Biblical account of the Jewish people in the time of Esther overcoming the evil that was coming to destroy them.
There are two important lessons in this story for all Believers. The first is about the edict of the King. We are told today that the 10 Commandments were no good and therefore they have been done away with. Has God ever done anything bad? Has He ever made a mistake? Has He ever told a lie? If we think that God makes a mistake just take a look in a mirror, the Bible says you are beautifully and wonderfully made. No, God is perfect in all ways so what was “bad” about the 10 Commandments? They could not bring salvation.
King Xerxes made a decree that would have all the Jewish people destroyed. This decree could never be changed as it was signed and sealed by the King himself and not even he could change it. [Esther 1:19] So Esther went to the King and begged for the life of her people. It would have been simple to cancel the edict that would have brought nothing but death and destruction to the Jewish people, but he could not do so. The only way out was to make a new edict that would allow the Jewish people to defend themselves against the first edict. This was done and the Jewish people were rescued from the edict that would have brought about their deaths. [Esther 8:8]
Our Heavenly King made an everlasting edict through His law that can never be changed, [Matthew 5:17-19] a law that brings death. [Romans 7:5] But through His grace and mercy He brought about a new edict through Yeshua that did not cancel the first edict but brought protection and life to those who will accept it. [Hebrews 10:20] In the story of Esther we have a preview of how the commandments of God work. Keeping the Law brings death but keeping the Spirit of the Law brings life through Jesus. [Romans 8:2]
The second point about the story of Esther is that it is a summary of, and speaks of, all the Feasts of the Lord.
Passover – Release
First Fruits – Presentation
Feast of Unleavened Bread – Behaviour
Pentecost – Understanding
Feast of Trumpets – Ingathering
Day of Atonement – Judgment
Tabernacles – Celebration.
In the story of Esther we have all of these.
Passover: – Release. Passover is the story of the evil being destroyed so we can have life. Haman was evil and when he was destroyed the Jewish people were free to enact a new edict, an edict that would bring life over death. [Esther 7:9] – There was Release for the condemned through Jesus who was without sin but became sin on our behalf.
Colossians 1:22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach--
First Fruits: – Presentation. This feast shows how we should present ourselves before the King. Esther prepared herself for three days to be perfect in the eyes of the King when she went before him. [Esther 2:3] Presentation – As the lord was the first fruits from the dead, [1 Corinthians 15:20-23] as He presented Himself to the Father, we also must be prepared to present ourselves as a spotless Bride before the Father for the marriage of the Lamb. [Revelation 19:7-8]
Unleavened Bread: – Behaviour. Esther pleased the people who were in charge of her and received special attention. [Esther 2:9] Behaviour - in preparation to enter the Kings presence, to behave in a way that is worthy of the one we follow, Jesus [1 Corinthians 5:7] who was without sin. [Hebrews 9:28]
Pentecost: – Understanding. Pentecost is the time the Holy Spirit came on the Believers for them to understand what the Cross-was really about. When the evil edict was placed upon the Jewish people Mordecai came to understand why Esther had been placed where she was and Esther came to the realisation of her role [Esther 4:14:15] in bringing life to the people; the truth we find through the Holy Spirit for our lives. [John 14:26]
Feast of Trumpets: Ingathering. Esther called all the people to prayer and fasting and as one they stood before the Lord. [Esther 4:16] There is a time coming when we too will be gathered [1 Thessalonians 4:13-17] before the Lord in preparation for coming before the King. [2 Corinthians 5:10]
Day of Atonement: Judgment. Esther had been accepted into the kingdom as she had been made Queen, but she still could not go freely into the presence of the King. Esther knew it was time to go before the King, she had prepared herself, the people had gathered in prayer and she knew how she was to behave before him. Now she took her life in her hands and stepped into the King’s Chamber and awaited her fate. As she stepped forward the King reached out the Golden Sceptre to her [Esther 5:2] and she was able to now come freely into the kings presence. [Esther 8:4] We too can go freely into the Kingdom but only through the Blood of the Lamb, [Revelation 5:5-6] which was only placed on the Altar at this time of the year. [Leviticus 16:29] Now we are accepted not only into the Kingdom but also into the presence of the King.
Hebrews 20:19-25 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Tabernacles: celebration. Once the Jewish people had been saved, Mordecai sent a notice to all the people. It was then that Purim became a time of celebration to be held every year from that day on. [Esther 9:26-29] When we stand before the throne of the Great King we surely have a reason to celebrate, forever. The Feast of Tabernacles is placed there for our time to celebrate well into the future [Zechariah 14:16] the glory of the Lord.
I have not looked too deeply into the story of Esther before and now the Lord has revealed these thoughts to me, I can see it is something to recognise as a major event in God’s plans.