This year I have decided to observe the feast of Purim 🎉🎉🎉. I did some research on how Christians can observe Purim and how it is relevant to us as the body of Christ. This feast however, is not a mandatory biblical feast.
As Christians, we can learn a lot about God’s plan of redemption by becoming familiar with the observance of Purim.
Paul tells us through the Christians at Corinth that what we see with the eye and what is really happening are two different things. “Things are not what they would seem” is a central theme in the Book of Esther.
Purim is the Biblical holiday that was initiated by and commemorates the events recorded in the book of Esther. The holiday comes in the final month of the Hebrew calendar.
Events happen by apparent coincidence; however, God is at work behind the scenes. Here are a few of the coincidental events in the Book of Esther:
- Esther, a Jew, just happens to be chosen as queen from hundreds of candidates.
- Mordechai, Esther’s uncle, just happens to find out about a conspiracy against the King and reports it; and it just happens that nothing is done, at that time, to recognize his good deed.
- After Haman has a gallows built on which to hang Mordechai, he approaches the King to ask for permission to execute Mordechai; it just happens that the King had been unable to sleep the night before and had the royal records read to him that tell about Mordechai’s action on behalf of the King. It just happens that at the very moment that Haman seeks to destroy Mordechai that the King is seeking to honor Mordechai.
Reading through the Book of Esther you will find other “coincidences.” In fact, the name Purim, refers to the “lots” that were cast to determine on which day Haman would act to destroy the Jewish people. Lots can be thought of as the modern dice.
By celebrating this Biblical festival – the beginning of understanding anything is to do it – we will more clearly see the hidden nature of God’s work during these last days and be in a better position to proclaim His actions to the people around us who are around and who are unaware of His hidden but glorious work of redemption. Indeed, things are not as they would seem. The darkness of our times, visible to everyone, will not succeed in destroying God’s people. Instead, God is working behind the scenes, just as He did in the story of Esther, to accomplish a great redemption and to save His people from the hand of the one seeking to destroy us.
After reading Matthew 11, I came across this verse and the Lord wanted me to look into it and understand what it really meant, as a good reminder. I pray this bible study can assist you too.
Matthew 11:12 (KJV) ~ And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
The post above goes into the strongs concordance meaning of the word “biazo” which is suffereth violence. I have also looked into the cross references to assist with the context of how it is used.
What this verse in essense is telling us is that those who work out their salvation with fear and trembling, those who fight for their faith, fight to make it, will make it and seize and take hold of heaven. This shows us it is indeed a narrow path, and we have to be willing to FIGHT to make it to our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a test to see if we really love Him. Are we growing daily in Christ? This is a stern reminder to me too. I don’t believe Lord Jesus Christ would be pleased if we are not growing in new levels in Him and through Him working in us.
Given the time that we are in, can we really shy away from spiritual warfare too ?? I think spiritual warfare is so much a part of our walk, it’s not the only thing, but we need to also be aware that as we get closer to the great tribulation that the forces of darkness, and witchcraft against the saints of God is at an all time high. If we are able to – a part of putting on our breatplate of righteousness is standing up… (This doesn’t necessarily mean doing something violent like joining protests etc, a lot of prophetic voices have been shown that we as believers should actually steer clear of this , as these are traps etc) … But are we praying and standing up spiritually for those that are weaker , e.g. praying for innocent children , praying against the abomination of evil wicked doers and the elite that force these abominations on us. This is just an example of going the extra mile.
We need to examine ourselves daily and ensure we are fighting for our faith!!
As times get tougher , we as the body of Christ, need to ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and exercise them. I did a study on both the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit which is also important to distinguish. I will include the Instagram post below. Let me know your thoughts. And I pray this blesses you !