Thursday, February 21, 2013

Purim ~ The Story of Esther

Scene from "One Night with the King"
 We are getting ready here for Purim!!!  It is such a fun 'minor' holiday filled with SO much meaning for us as followers of Yeshua.  If you don't know the story, you can read it in the Bible, watch the movie "One Night with the King" and/or you can read 'Cliff's Notes' here

Esther Scroll (Megillah)
Esther Scroll (Megillah). Bezalel School, Jerusalem. 1927. Maker: Ze’ev Raban (1890-1970). Case: applied and cast silver. Scroll: watercolor and ink on parchment. B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, gift of Joseph B. and Olyn Horwitz.

Why is it important to know about this holiday?  

Everything in the Bible is there for a reason, the Book of Esther is part of history, history repeats itself.  The Tanakh is full of life we should take time to understand, without it the back of the Bible, the Renewed Covenant, gets messed up with the traditions of man. Yeshua (and Paul) are then misrepresented and misunderstood and doctrines are invented out of thin air based on interpretationThe Renewed Covenant writings must be backed up by Scripture, the Tanakh.

   Esther is a story of salvation, redemption, kingship courage and honor.  It is as rich and vibrant for today as when it happened.  Everyone has a place in the story.  Mordecai is from the Tribe of Benjamin.  Haman is from the Amalekites who were tormenting the Israelites during the Exodus, attacking the weak who had fallen behind.  Later, when Saul, from the Tribe of Benjamin, is King of Israel he is told to destroy the AmalekitesHowever, he keeps Agag the King alive and from this disobedience Haman the Agagite comes into play years later in Shushan.  It is a repetition of a theme, the defeat of the enemy of Israel, that will replay itself over and over until the end.

Please visit Servant of Messiah Ministries Blog - Esther is Prophetic for more on the significance of Purim.

Some of the fun things about this holiday are eating yummy foods and dressing up.  Here are some more fun and informative links to explore:

From Shiksa in the Kitchen: She has a lot of cool recipes and history, explore it, it's a fun Blog!
Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese filled Hamantaschen and the Story of Purim
Making Perfect Hamantaschen
Purim Masks

How does Puwriym (Purim) Point to Messiah? Awesome had to add!
Purim - Hebrew4Christians
Looking for a quiz or questionaire?
Understand and Celebrate Purim

AND finally, just for fun!

 Enjoy learning about this great holiday and remember we have all been born for such a time as this in the end days, be strong, be strong and may we be strengthened!!!


1 comment:

KathyB. said...

The story of Esther is , as you said, in the Bible for a reason. It is an amazing story and any movie or show telling this story does not need to add to the mystery, intrigue, and drama. It is all there and unfolds as only a plan God would devise could.

Love the video at the end and also the creative ideas for celebrating this time.