The story of Purim is one of many episodes in God’s dealings with His people. The Jews were saved physically at this point in their history. The time of their full salvation and the complete fulfillment of God’s prophecies given to Abraham was drawing nigh.
It happened five hundred years later with the coming of adon Yeshua HaMashiach—the Lord Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus is the greater Mordecai. Condemned to die for His people, Jesus the Messiah became the supreme sacrifice of atonement for the sins of Jew and Gentile alike. In him were truly fulfilled the prophecies of old, “…All the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him” (Genesis 18:18).
Today we see millions of people in all parts of the earth who have received these blessings through Abraham’s seed, the Messiah, flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone. Mordecai and Esther knew for certain that Haman’s decree was not an accident of history, but a consequence of failings within the Jewish people.
That is why Mordecai’s response was “[He] clothed himself in sackcloth and ashes and went out into the midst of the city.” He turned to repentance, and urged the rest of the Jews to do likewise. Only then did he send Esther “to come to the King and entreat him and plead with him for her people.” Esther was also repentant.
She asked Mordecai to “Go and gather all the Jews . . . and they should fast for me, and neither eat nor drink for three days and nights.” In addition, Esther included herself: “I also . . . will fast likewise.” Just as the Jews were rescued by Mordecai and Esther, we are redeemed by our Righteous Messiah. True and complete redemption lies in our own hands, as we must turn to God in complete repentance.
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The picture of the three-day resurrection is shown. Esther fasted for three days, and on the third day she arose to go before the king.
The Christian New Life
The story of Esther is a depiction of a Christian’s walk in a new life. Exposing Haman is symbolic of exposing sin. The new decree triumphs. The old decree symbolizes Jesus triumphing over the law of sin and death. Once Haman (sin, flesh) was put to death, Mordecai (Holy Spirit) is given unlimited command.
The Jews were again delivered on the seventeenth of Nisan—Firstfruits—the same day that deliverance for the Israelites in Egypt began, and the same day Jesus arose from the grave! Haman had convinced the king to sign a decree to destroy the Hebrews (Esther 3:1-12). The decree went out on the 13th of Nisan (Esther 3:12). Esther then proclaimed a three-day fast (Esther 4:16) for the 14th, 15th and 16th. On the third day (5:1) Esther approached the king saying to herself, “If I perish, I perish!” (an attitude of death or resurrection… it’s in God’s hands!) On the 17th of Nisan, the tables were turned on the enemy Haman, and instead of the Jews being destroyed, his own life was taken!
More Events Occurring on Nisan 17
The Bible records many miracles occurring on Nisan 17. No other day except Passover is mentioned as many times in the Bible. According to the Torah and traditional Jewish interpretation, other events that occurred on Nisan 17 include the following:
- Nissan 17, Noah’s Ark safely rested on Mt. Ararat (Gen 8:4) Note that the seventh month was later designated as the first month at the time of the Exodus (Ex. 12:2).
- Nissan 17, Hebrews entered Egypt (Exodus 12:40-41) 430 years before deliverance.
- Nissan 17, Moses led the Israelites through the Parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 3:18, 5:3)
- Nissan 17, Israel entered and ate the first fruit of the Promised Land (Joshua 5:10-12)
- Nissan 17, The cleansing fo the Temple by Hezekiah (eight hundred years after entering the Promised Land. (2 Chronicles 29:1-28)
- Nissan 17, Queen Esther saved the Jews from elimination (Esther 3:12, 5:1)
- Nissan 17, The Resurrection of Messiah (think about it!)
The odds of just two of these events both happening accidentally on the same day of the Hebrew year (360 days) are one in 129,000. The odds of these events all happening coincidentally on the same day of the Hebrew year are one in 783 quadrillion, 864 trillion, 876 billion, 960 million (783,864,876,960,000,000).1 Faid was awarded the Ig Nobel prize for Mathematics. Faid is listed as the inventor on two 1977 US patents relating to improvements in the construction of concrete structures such as containment buildings for nuclear power plants.
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Esther Bible Studies, Videos, and Freebies
There are several free videos and teachings on this site. to help you teach the story of Purim:
- Purim: Proof God is Alway in Charge
- The Purim Story: For Such a Time as This
- Free Printable Purim Cast Booklet
- Messiah in Purim
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