Where is The Creator? Does He hear me?
Updated: Jul 19, 2019
Have you been going through some struggles in your life and you wonder, WHERE IS GOD? Does He hear me? Why can't I see Him at work in my life? Do I walk with blind faith and obedience, trusting in His plan for my life? This answer and more can be found in the Book of Esther.
The festival of Purim (Not one of The Creator's Holy Days) is today and most believers have never heard of this celebration commemorating the salvation of the Jewish people. Some have been taught, like myself, that The LORD's name does not appear in the book of Esther. Yet when we examine Scripture in the original Hebrew we find an interesting surprise...His name is there just as Creator was there throughout Hadassah's whole ordeal from beginning to end.
The word Purim means Casting of Lots- while some think that this leaves matters to chance Scripture tells us otherwise.
Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from YHVH.
It was not chance the Hadassah was born for such a time as this...
The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”
The story in a nutshell:
The Persian empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he orchestrated a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, (Hadassah) renamed Esther, found favor in his eyes and became the new queen—though she refused to divulge the identity of her nationality.
Meanwhile, the anti-Semitic Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. Mordechai, the leader of the Jews (and Esther’s cousin), defied the king’s orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman was incensed, and convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar—a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.
Mordechai galvanized all the Jews, convincing them to repent, fast and pray to G‑d. Meanwhile, Esther asked the king and Haman to join her for a feast. At the feast, Esther revealed to the king her Jewish identity. Haman was hanged, Mordechai was appointed prime minister in his stead, and a new decree was issued—granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies. On the 13th of Adar, the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar, they rested and celebrated.
Today the Purim observance includes:
a) Reading of the megillah (book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle. b) Giving money gifts to the poor. c) Sending gifts of food to friends. d) A festive Purim feast.
In Esther 5:4 we see His most holy name YHVH.
ותאמר אסתר אם־על־המלך טוב יבוא המלך והמן היום אל־המשתה אשר־עשיתי לו׃
Sometimes we think that God isn't there when we are going through our times of trouble and dealing with the Haman's in the world. I have heard myself and others recounting The LORD doing something miraculous in our lives by starting with..", and then God just showed up and it happened."
Try to capture that thought next time and remember this. He didn't just show up at the last minute, He was there all along.
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