WIthout Purim, non-Jews may never have known salvation.

Scripture:
These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews—nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants. – Esther 9:28

Observation:
Haman had issued a decree that all Jews in the empire were to be annihilated on a given day. Mordecai and Queen Esther foiled his plan. Then, once Mordecai was made prime minister, the king ordered that he issue a decree reversing Haman’s edict and allow the Jews to exact revenge on their enemies, which eventually resulted in the loss of over 75,000 people in Persia. To commemorate the event, two days, the 13th & 14th of Adar, were ordered by Mordecai to be observed by all Jews everywhere as the days of Purim when God saved the Jews from annihilation.

Application:
There is a real story here that poses a great question, “If the Jews had been annihilated, would Jesus have come as Messiah? If it had not been through the Jews, would he have come through another people?” These are serious questions worthy of inspection because would Jesus have come to save us if the Jews had been wiped out? Satan made another attempt in that time to stop the plan of God’s salvation, but God would not let it be stopped.

Thus, even though I am not a Jew nor celebrate the days of Purim, I am responsible enough to give honor where honor is due. The Jews do that annually in recognition of Mordecai’s work, as well as Esther’s work, to save the Jewish people from utter destruction. We have to remember that Jesus is a Jew; he is the Son of David, as well as Son of God. As Paul said, salvation is first to the Jew and then the Gentile. Jesus said that salvation is of the Jews.

We, Gentile believers who are one in Messiah with our converted Jewish brothers, should be grateful for God’s mercy and grace. Both Jew and Gentile should be thankful in everyway for God’s providential intervention in foiling Satan’s/Haman’s plan to rid the world of the Jews. Jesus came through the line of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Judah. Judah, the clan, is where we get the word Jew.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for sparing the Jews from annihilation and allowing them to bring forth Jesus the Messiah and fulfill your promise of salvation and redemption of mankind from his sins. If Jesus had not come, I would not be a part of your glorious kingdom and family. I would still be lost in my sins and headed for the place of demons, hell! Their fate would be mine also. Instead, you stopped Satan from annihilating your inheritance from the peoples of the earth, Israel, and hence, sustained the salvation of both Jew and Gentile. THANK YOU! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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