Purim and the God of Unexpected Victories. In the time in which we are now living, between two holidays – Purim Katan and Purim Gadol, the book of Esther looks just right. It is probably one of the most read books by us today. And I have something in my heart to share with you.
In the 3rd chapter of the book of Esther, we read about that great intrigue, when the evil Haman, having learned that Mordechai was from the Jewish people, planned to destroy all the Jews. Using occult powers, he in every possible way found out from that impure demonic spiritual world when to strike Israel.
And what happens in chapter 3? Haman, setting the date, as it seemed to him, correct for the destruction of the Jewish people (in fact, it was the date of his death), approaches King Xerxes (Artaxerxes in Russian translation), and look what he says:
“ “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will give ten thousand talents of silver to the king’s administrators for the royal treasury.” ”(Esther 3: 8-9).
The king gave the ring, and the decree was sealed with the royal seal. You know, Haman, as he thought, as perhaps the people around him saw him, was a very good statesman. He presents it in such a caring way that it is directly related to national security. Although it is not true that the Jews did not comply with the laws of the king. This is such a cunning coup, such a propaganda machine that many dictators of the 20th century and beyond have taken note of. Haman acts as a caring statesman to show that the Jews interfere with security, that they are strange, and it is not known what to expect from them.
As I read this text, I was reminded of a passage from the New Testament. This text is recorded in chapter 5 of 1 Thessalonians:
“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape…” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)
Who will be harmed? Those who say: “Peace and safety.” And it seemed to Haman that he was concerned with peace and safety.
“…as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3-11).
Today is such a time that, in general, has often happened in history, but we are indeed approaching the events that Rabbi Shaul wrote about with great speed. And the hallmark of this time is that people will be looking for peace, safety, comfort, and they will be looking for someone who is ready to bring this to the world.
And what is interesting is that in the book of Esther, the evil Haman tried to bring peace and safety. And everything looked right and good. He was willing to spend so much of his money! But here is the paradox. The book of Esther tells of an amazing divine upheaval.
Our God is the God of often unexpected victories for people. We read in Thessalonians that it will happen unexpectedly—suddenly the Lord will return and suddenly deliverance will come for some and a time to give an account for their deeds to others.
We are living in this time. And we must be sober, awake, and not be sleepwalkers like lunatics. We should not be people who are blind and deaf to what the Word says. We don’t need to seek our human comfort, we need to be people holding on to our Lord and Savior.
Friends, we should pray that our eyes and the eyes of the people of Israel will be opened, so that there will not be that false hope in people and false hope in any specific human being who should bring satisfaction, peace and safety to everyone, because in fact, not imaginary, not human, not carnal, but real peace and security will be brought to us only by Yeshua when He returns.
And so we should not be embarrassed by everything that happens. Because we know that these are the very birth pangs that are shaking the world in the end times.
Author – Shimon Pozdyrka, rabbi of the Messianic community “Bnei Brit Hadasha”, Chisinau / ShomerTV