What Is Purim?
Though Purim does not hold the stature of a “commanded” feast like Passover or Sukkot, it does have significance for modern believers.
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Purim is the celebration of victory over oppression thanks to Esther, an unlikely young woman (whose name at birth was Hadassah) who would be given a royal opportunity to be queen and save her people, the Jews, from a genocidal plan devised by one of the king’s advisors, Haman, whose people had been defeated by King Saul and King David.
In order to thwart the plan, Esther had to risk her own life by approaching the king uninvited — an action that could be punishable by death. For her bravery, the king granted Esther anything she wanted.
Esther’s request was that she and her people be spared from genocide — up to this point, the king was unaware that Esther, his beloved queen, was a Jew. Through a series of events that followed, Haman’s evil plan backfired and he was executed instead of the Jews.
How Is Purim Celebrated?
Though celebrations of Purim vary widely, it is generally a lighthearted and family focused celebration during which it is traditional to read the story of Esther and feast together with other believers in celebration of the Almighty’s provision in the face of tyranny.
What Does It Mean?
The story of Purim illustrates the perils and provisions of the King’s bride — Esther’s story serves as an analogy of the bride of Messiah living under the death sentence of “Babylon” at the end of the age.
Like the king’s bride, Esther, the bride of Messiah (the true servants and disciples of Yeshua) will realize that they were born “for such a time as this”, the same words spoken over Esther regarding her opportunity as the king’s bride, a position in which she was able to save her people from a secret plan of genocide.