He who keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps! Praise the Lord! Purim begins this evening, but the celebrations have already been going on for a few days. While most of the Jewish people are still in both a physical and a spiritual exile — not in fellowship with their God — we who know the Father can rejoice in His sovereign providence to preserve His people as He still works to bring them back to Himself. The only way He … Continue reading
Ps 119:89-91 Forever, O Yehovah, Your Word is settled in the heavens. Your faithfulness is to all generations; You have founded the earth, and it remains. They stand to this day according to Your ordinances; for all are Your servants.
Our faith and hope are in the living God – the Creator and the Redeemer whom we have come to know and love personally as our Father through Jesus Christ – who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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YHVH God is the same God today as in the days of Mordecai and Esther, acting sovereignly and “behind the scenes” to watch over His people, while also performing His word.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Messiah, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first, and also for the Greek. –historic precedence (Mt 10:5-6; 15:24; Acts 3:26; 13:46) –not a personal obligation –primarily about the demonstration … Continue reading
The Scroll of Esther is read in the synagogues every year for Purim. This holiday is still being observed: it still has relevance for us today, even for Gentile believers in Jesus. Haman presents us with a type of the antichrist in his spirit, and a descendant of Agag, of Amalek, of Esau, the hostile fraternal twin brother of Jacob.
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Everyone knows that neither the word “God” nor His name YHVH appears in the scroll of Esther, which is read in the synagogues every Purim. The story of God’s faithfulness and deliverance for His people, even when they (we) do not remember Him gives all of us hope. It also reminds us that God is acting “behind the scenes”, not visibly. Tomorrow is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by … Continue reading
The Scroll of Esther is read in the synagogues every year for Purim. If you do not know the story of the history, read it at home. The Purim celebrations by Jews around the world today are far from the manner prescribed by Mordecai and Esther almost 2500 years ago. What is remarkable, though, is that his holiday is still being observed: it still has relevance for us today, even as believers in Jesus. Purim is not one of the … Continue reading