THURSDAY March 1, 2018
God’s Providence in Purim
“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” - Esther 4:16
Jewish people across the world celebrate a holiday known as Purim. It is held on the 14th and 15th days of Adar, the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar, which usually happens at or around the same time as March.
Esther, out of all the women in Shushan was chosen to be the next queen of King Ahasuerus, an ancient King of Persia (Esther 1-2). At this time, the King’s adviser, Haman, was angered by Mordecai, Esther’s cousin and adopted father, who would not bow before him. Seeking revenge, filled with jealousy and hatred, he persuaded the King to kill all the Jews in the empire (Esther 3:3-6). Haman intended to wipe out the Jewish population of about 2,500 people.
Mordecai called on Queen Esther; he wanted her to use her influence to stop the deadly plan. Esther asked that her people fast, and then she would courageously go before the king. If she went before the king unannounced, it was certain death; however, if he held out his scepter, she would be saved (Esther 4).
Esther was granted audience before the king (Esther 5), and in the end, Haman was hanged on the very gallows he had prepared for Mordecai (Esther 7). By God’s providence, Esther was in the Persian kingdom for such a time as this, and the Jewish people were saved. The people were glad and rejoiced, as the feast of Purim was celebrated (Esther 9).
Do you recognize the providence of God in your own life? By God’s providence, you have been placed in this period of history, at the right time and at the right place, for His purposes to be accomplished.
God's providence is like the Hebrew Bible; we must begin at the end and read backward in order to understand it.
~A. J. Gordon~
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