Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Purim Esther 9

Esther 9:1-2 "Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over the, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;) The Jews gathered themselves together to their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people."

After Haman was discovered and reported to the king, his decree was reversed so that the Jews could defend themselves and they had the help of those governing them so that the tide turned totally in their favor.

Pur or Purim: called the feast of lots because Haman sought to determine by lots when the day would be to destroy the Jews. In celebration for their deliverance the feast is still honored. There was a difference in the day celebrated because the triumph occurred on a different day in the provinces than in Shushan. So two days are celebrated now as confirmed by queen Esther.

v22 "As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another and gifts to the poor."

v32 "And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book."

Mordecai was surely correct when he told Esther that her purpose in coming to the king's house may have been to save her people. The whole series of events could not have happened other than by the guiding hand of God. Vashti's rebellion, Haman's rise to power, Esther's abduction, the conspiracy to kill the king, Mordecai's lingering at the gate, Esther's winning of the king's heart, Esther's wisdom in arranging the banquet to accuse Haman, the decree that reversed the decree that was not suppose to be changed, Mordecai's rise to power. It is all to fantastic except by the hand of God.

Psalm 33:18 "Behold the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;"

The feasts of lots or Purim is confirmed.

Link to Turn-a-round post.

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