To promote an understanding of the Jewishness of the Scriptures which were written by Jewish men, about the Jewish Messiah, within the context of first century Jewish culture in Israel.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Parallels of Purim

There are many parallels in the biblical story of Esther and events happening today.  On Purim, the Jewish people celebrate a great victory over their enemy.  Believers in Yeshua should also celebrate Purim, knowing that their enemy was defeated at the cross.


A young Jewish girl named Esther was taken out of simple village life and was welcomed into the king's palace.  While there she was exposed to a new world of rich tapestries, lavish clothing, jewels, and all spices and smells to delight the senses. 

During her 12 months of preparation to meet the king, she was taught about the kingdom, the palace, and about the king, himself.  When her days of preparation were completed, she was led into the king's presence.  He was so delighted in her that he made her his queen. 

A man named Haman, who was an advisor to the king, had a bitter hatred for the Jewish people.  So he devised a plan to completely destroy them. 

When Esther learned about Haman's plan, she went to the king and exposed his evil scheme.  Immediately, Haman was bound and taken to the gallows.  As a result of Esther's courage, her people were saved from certain destruction.


When the modern Jewish people were rescued from the horrors of Europe and WWII, they were allowed to return to the land given to them by God, Israel.  In the 60 years since their return to the Land, they have increased, and prospered, and have been a very blessed people.

The long-awaited Jewish Messiah will come. When He does, the Jews will look upon Him, the one pierced, and will mourn for Him as an only child.  His Grace will be poured out and all will know and understand.

Even today, the Jewish people still contend with the spirit of Haman.  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed to "wipe Israel off the face of the map."  However, there will be no success for his plans, because God said to Abraham, "I will bless those that bless you and will curse those who curse you." 


Believers in Yeshua have been taken out of the world, and welcomed into His glorious Kingdom.  In addition to His Presence, He has lavished them with gifts:  salvation, grace, mercy, kindness .... and so much more. 

As His people have been preparing for His return, they have gathered together for fellowship, studied the Scriptures, prayed, and worshiped their King.  When Yeshua does return, believers will be taken to meet the Him in the air, and will forever be with the Lord.

Until that day comes, the believer's too have a "Haman" to deal with, one who would love to snuff them out.  That old serpent, the devil, will quickly learn that he too, is a loser.  The only thing he has to look forward to is the lake of fire.

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