by Rev Joel Yong
Now in the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s command and edict were about to be carried out, on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, the reverse occurred: the Jews gained mastery over those who hated them.
On the day the Jews were due to be exterminated- they destroyed their enemies instead.
How did such a thing happen?
They recognized that this was not possible via human action alone but God had intervened to save them!
Their response was to celebrate annually, in remembrance of what God had done for them.
And Mordecai recorded these things and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, obliging them to keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same, year by year, as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
The purpose of such a festival goes beyond archival or historical purposes- rather it reminds the new generations that God is willing and able to save them so that when difficulties happen, the new generation will be reminded to look to Him for help. In like manner, even those who witnessed the deliverance of the Jews from Haman’s genocidal plans- will also be reminded lest they forget.
How has God intervened in your life?
What do you do to remind yourself of this on a regular basis?