PURIM – A CELEBRATION FOR ALL by Trey Graham - Root Source
Author: Gidon Ariel

Published Date: March 24, 2019

We are pleased to share this article with you that was published by one of our great friends of Root Source.

Trey was co-host along with Gidon, of our 70th Anniversary Tour of Israel in 2018. In addition, keep and eye out for a full video interview of Trey Graham that Root Source will be publishing in the coming weeks.


This week, Jews around the world celebrate Purim, the Feast of Lots (“purim” being the Hebrew word for “lots”), as they read the biblical Book of Esther and recall another of the many genocidal attempts to exterminate God’s people and eliminate the covenant given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Many of us are familiar with the famous quote from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Purim is a time to both learn history and learn from history.

Bible students know that the annual celebration of Purim is still observed in our days because of the declaration by Queen Esther’s relative, Mordechai the Jew (see his description in Esther 6:10), regarding the murderous strategies of Haman in the ancient Persian empire. As we read in Esther 9:24-27:

“For Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the adversary of all the Jews, had schemed against the Jews to destroy them and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to disturb them and destroy them. But when it came to the king’s attention, he commanded by letter that his wicked scheme which he had devised against the Jews, should return on his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. Therefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. And because of the instructions in this letter, both what they had seen in this regard and what had happened to them, the Jews established and made a custom for themselves and for their descendants and for all those who allied themselves with them, so that they would not fail to celebrate these two days according to their regulation and according to their appointed time annually.”

The festival observed around the world this week, including in a Christian church in Texas, is the fulfillment of Esther chapter 9:27 to “not fail to celebrate these two days according to their regulation and according to their appointed time annually.” Continue Reading>>>

 

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