Hag Sameach – Did you celebrate Purim?

Purim

Purim is the Feast of Esther.  It’s when we celebrate God’s continued protection of his people.  As many of you may know, the name of God is never mentioned in the book of Esther but that doesn’t mean he is not there.  As my pastor pointed out, the Jews in this story were post-Exilic.  Stop scratching your head.  It means the 70 exile from the land of Israel had ended and Jews were able to return to the land and rebuild the Temple.  Yet in the book of Esther, we read about Jews who did not return.  They remained in exile and, as is clearly demonstrated, God did not abandon them for not returning to the land.

Even though they did not obey God and return to the land, they are vital to the story.  God works through their continued presence outside the land to protect those who had obeyed and were inside the land.  God takes what appears to be disobedience and shows us that he will achieve his ends and his glory through it.  He is that powerful.

We had a blast.  But that is how it is supposed to be.  We are told in the book:

Mordecai recorded these events and sent letters to all the Jews in all of King Ahasuerus’s provinces, both near and far.  He ordered them to celebrate the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month Adar every year because during those days the Jews got rid of their enemies. That was the month when their sorrow was turned into rejoicing and their mourning into a holiday. They were to be days of feasting, rejoicing, and of sending gifts to one another and the poor.   Esther 9:20-22

And so on the feast of Purim, we tell the story.  Because we are supposed to have fun with it, often the story is told rather tongue-in-cheek.  This year we told the story in a Star Wars version, or, to be more precise, the Star of David Wars.  And I was Queen Esther-Leia.  Aaaah.  Yes, when the name of Esther is mentioned, we should say Aaah because she is the beautiful heroine.  When Haman is mentioned, we boo to drown out his name because he is the bad guy.  And when Mordechai is mentioned, we cheer because he is the hero.

Want to see it?  Use the link below and scroll down the page it pulls up.  Enjoy!  Hag Sameach!

http://www.olive-tree.org/purim

 

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