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.