Why Should a Christian Think about Purim?

Haman Begging the Mercy of Esther, by Rembrandt

Haman Begging the Mercy of Esther, by Rembrandt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight at sundown, the Jewish holiday Purim begins. I’m not Jewish so I’m not celebrating it, but I think it is worth understanding. Purim commemorates the defeat of Haman, who plotted to eradicate the Jewish people in ancient Persia. Remember Queen Esther was urged by Mordecai, her uncle, to go to the king to beg for her people’s lives.

 Esther 4:13-14 (ESV) says: Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

She and all the Jews in Susa spent three days fasting before she went to the king. She could have been killed for her actions, but wound up being the instrument God used to save the Jews.

Of course as Christians, we should rejoice that the Jewish people were saved because they were God’s chosen people and from the lineage of their King David came the savior of the Jews and Gentiles: Jesus Christ. As Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

If you want to learn more about Purim, Jews for Jesus has this fact sheet as well as a very interesting article called A Messianic Look at Purim.


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6 Responses to Why Should a Christian Think about Purim?

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  2. Kevin Daniel says:

    Cool post. I recently wrote about Esther and have since been finding out about Purim. Thanks for the blog!

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  6. SLIMJIM says:

    It’s a great celebration of the Sovereignty of God and His plan with Israel that led up to the revelation of Christ as the Savior of all!

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