Friends in Messiah,
I just read this little post this morning and it answered the question I've been asking the Father: "What should we do to celebrate Purim this year?" The parallel we have this year to the original Purim and Esther Fast is astonishing. THIS YEAR let us not have little skits where we "boo Haman" and "cheer Mordecai." This year let us remain steadfast in praying and fasting for the people of Israel, and for the leaders of this nation. Let us not just read about Esther, but let us BE Esther, fasting and interceding.....FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
Once there was a King in Shushan, the most powerful ruler in the world who had a strong disdain, dislike or perhaps even hatred of Jews.
Today there is a President in Washington, the most powerful ruler in the world, who many say has a disdain for Israel the country of the Jews.
Once there was a Persian (Now Iran) who wanted to kill all the Jews, but needed the King's authorization to proceed with his plan.
Today there are Persians (Iranians) who want to kill all the Jews, but needs the President's authorization to proceed with their plan.
The King didn't really care, as long as there was something in it for him - lots of money.
The President doesn't really care, as long as there is something in it for him - a deal with the Persians.
The Jewish Queen wanted to tell the King and expose to him what really is happening, but going in to talk to the King was dangerous.
The Jewish Prime Minister wants to tell the President and his Congress and expose the truth, but going to talk to the Congress is dangerous and could back-fire.
Some people thought Esther should not go, it would just anger the King and make things worse.
Some people think Bibi should not go, it will just anger the President and make things worse.
She asked the Jews to fast and pray for the success of her mission. They did so, the King accepted her words and the plot to destroy them was thwarted.
Will we fast and pray for the success of his mission? Will the President and Congress accept his words? Will the plot to destroy us be thwarted?
We commemorate Esther's plea to the King by fasting on Ta'anit Esther.
*The Prime Minister of Israel has been invited to address the United States Congress on March 3.**
*This year Ta'anit Esther falls on March 3.**
Kelly Ferrari Mills