Purim 2019

“But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letter that this wicked plot which Haman had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. So they called these days Purim (lots), after the name Pur (Esther 9:25, 26a).

Purim is the holiday that celebrates the providential victory the Jews achieved over their anti-Semitic enemies around 480 B.C. in Persia (modern-day Iran). The same enemy has once again reared its ugly head, but this time, the evil of anti-Semitism (anti-Jew or anti-Israel) has gone viral – – it has taken on epidemic and global proportions!

Long story short: the Jew-hater Haman devised a plot to eliminate the Jews (there’s something about the letter “H” – – Haman, Herod, Hitler = hellish)! His arch-enemy Mordechai was a Jew. So Haman built gallows 75 feet high for Mordechai, his nemesis, but ended up being hanged on these gallows himself. The Jewish celebration of this historical account is now celebrated annually to commemorate the victory of the Jews over their murderous antagonists (God’s providential hand is seen on every page in the book of Esther).

This perpetual hatred for the Jewish people has lasted for millennia and can only be explained by the existence of a real devil, Satan, who is behind this massive Jew-hatred. Anti-Semitism is an evil promoted by him and through those who belong to him. He desperately seeks to subvert God’s program for His chosen people, the eternal Jews. However, no one will ever be able to accomplish “the final solution” of eliminating the Jewish people no matter how hard they try! After many attempts to eradicate this ancient people over thousands of years, they still exist today and forever will – – there will always be a Jewish remnant – – God has spoken!

In the future, there will be a divine judgment based on how one has treated the people of God. Those who were favorably disposed will receive God’s blessings, those who mistreated and maligned the Jewish people will be cursed by God. Matthew 25:46 puts it this way, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life!” Will you be a Mordechai and Esther, or will you be a Haman? Bless the Jewish people and God will bless you (Genesis 12:3)!

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