Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Mordecai’s challenge – Esther 4:13-16

 Every story must have a hero as well as a villain.  In the story of Purim, Esther certainly has a leading role, but I suggest Mordecai is the real hero.  It was he who raised Esther to be a God fearer.  It was Mordecai who refused to compromise his faith in the God of Israel.  And it was Mordecai who gave Esther the challenge which made the difference and resulted in the deliverance of Israel.

God’s sovereignty: Jeremiah 23:23-24

Although God’s name is never mentioned in the Book of Esther, His sovereignty and presence are evident as He brings a perfect ending to what seems to be a disastrous situation. 

Haman, the Villain of the story: Esther 3:5-14

Historically, Haman, came between Pharaoh and Herod.

Haman, the administrator to the King of Persia is a precursor to the antichrist.  Haman, like the antichrist will be motivated by Satan to scheme towards the total destruction of the Jewish people.  He will devise a way in which the King would find himself in an untenable situation.  But God always has His way of protecting the Jews.

Pharaoh’s attempt to annihilate Israel

Satan has always had his minions.  The first attempt to annihilate Israel was in Egypt.  The Jewish people had come into Egypt at the invitation of the Pharaoh because of his admiration of his trusted administrator Joseph son of Jacob. Jacob’s family of 70 came into Egypt and was treated as special guests.  But…

God’s Unique Relationship with Israel: Genesis 3:14-15

Almost from the beginning of recorded history the Jewish people have faced more enemies than any other people.  One nation after another, one leader after another has tried to cause their total annihilation.  But not one of them has succeeded.  Israel has always won the victory.

The Fast of Esther: Esther 4:15-17

Only the King could save the Jewish people and that only by issuing another decree.  Esther had to talk to the King.  To prepare for this meeting Esther asked all the Jews to fast.  In commemoration of that fast many people today still fast the day before Purim praying for God’s continual preservation of Israel. 

Purim – Introduction

In a few days, the Jewish people will be celebrating Purim.  Purim is not a Levitical feast, but like most of the other feasts of the Lord, it commemorates God’s deliverance of Israel from another attempted annihilation, this time by the King of Persia (modern day Iran.). 

Restoration of the land

The command to restore and build Jerusalem was given to Nehemiah by King Artaxerxes in the year 445 BC (BCE). It is not a coincidence that the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was given in the month of Nissan, the same month that the Jews were set free from Egypt – the month of Passover.

God is Israel’s protector

And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin