The Scroll of Esther is read in the synagogues every year for Purim. If you do not know the story of the history, read it at home. The Purim celebrations by Jews around the world today are far from the manner prescribed by Mordecai and Esther almost 2500 years ago. What is remarkable, though, is that his holiday is still being observed: it still has relevance for us today, even as believers in Jesus. Purim is not one of the appointed times given by YHVH to Israel, but a set time by His people in appreciation of God’s sovereignty – even though they did not acknowledge Him personally – and this holiday of the Jewish people was accepted by the Lord.
We – and the rest of humanity – place ourselves in danger when we ignore God’s voice and His mighty deeds which ascribe glory to Him alone. The holiday of Purim reminds us of this real and present danger when God’s people – the Jews and Christians– ignore His grace and faithfulness to His purposes of redemption. (The Holocaust is another grave reminder of failing to heed the Providence of the LORD to keep His prophetic and covenantal promises). The LORD remains faithful in His love and for His Holy Name’s sake, even when we do not. Continue reading “God Still Faithful When His People Are Not – 23 Feb 2002”