The Book of Esther records the story of Purim
We are told that HAMAN, (a descendant of Amalek, who was the illegitimate grandson of Esau), wished to annihilate the Jewish people. He was the Hitler of his day.
He influenced King Ahasuerus of Persia (Iran) and offered him a large sum of money for the right to obliterate the Jews: ‘to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in a single day and to plunder their possessions’. Haman spent considerable money and effort to get this issued as law (Esther 3:8-14).
If not for the strange circumstances and hidden miracles – which came to be known as Purim– he would have gotten away with it. It was Haman’s suggestion, but Ahasuerus had no problem passing a law that all Jews be slaughtered (Esther 3:10).
In an effort to reverse the decree, Esther invited him and the King to two banquets (Esther 5:4, 7-8) – causing him to let his guard down, and thus, becoming vulnerable to Esther’s (and Mordechai’s) plan.
Had it not been for the miracle of Purim, this evil decree would have wiped out the entire Jewish nation, because at that time, all the Jewish people lived under this King’s rule.
Purim commemorates the greatest miracle in Jewish history - salvation from total annihilation.
In the same type of anti-Semitism today, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has laid out the legal and religious license to attack Jews around the world and destroy the State of Israel – declaring “jurisprudential justification to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”
While a nuclear exchange with Israel could cost Iran 15 million people, Iranian leaders have said they regard that as a “small sacrifice” for wiping out Israel’s 6 million Jews.
Purim teaches that God always provides a savior for “such a time as this”; the Bible teaches that the next savior will be the last Savior: Jesus Christ, Messiah and King.
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