What is Purim?
Updated: Mar 21
Purim celebrates the dramatic turnaround events in the Bible, where wicked Haman tried to annihilate the Jewish people of ancient Persia. But, the Jewish people saved through God’s miraculous placement of events, as expressed by the heroics of Mordechai and Esther.
On the 14th of Adar (March), Jewish people celebrate Purim. In ancient walled cities such as Jerusalem, Shushan Purim (former ancient city Susa) is celebrated on the 15th of Adar.
The story of Esther this week will bring new light to your understanding of the plight of the Jewish people and why they celebrate with costumes, elaborate meals, and treats.
Here is a quick summary: King Achashverosh throws a huge six-month party, and Queen Vashti refuses to follow orders. They chose Esther from a global search, and she marries the King. Mordechai, her uncle, uncovers a plot to assassinate the King and awarded. The King’s top advisor, Haman, gets a decree to destroy the Jewish people because he hates them, especially Mordechai. Esther reverses the law by Haman to kill Jews with her uncle’s help. Haman hung on the gallows, and Mordechai became prime minister.
The story unfolds with a masterful plot of intrigue with the hidden hand of Adoni. Take time and read the suspenseful story in the Bible. (Book of Esther) Read Just the Edge of God and Looking Through the Sea of Glass