The ‘Hamans’ of our time
Esther 9:20-22: “And Mordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far, who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, to establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor.”
Probably the most joyous of the Jewish holidays is ‘Purim’ - the biblical Feast of Esther.
This year, ‘Purim’ takes place on the 1st March
‘Purim’ commemorates the events found in the Book of Esther. These events took place around 200 B.C.E. in which a man, by the name of Haman, who hated the Jewish people of the day, devised a plan to destroy the Jews.
By casting ‘pur’ (lots), he decided on a day to destroy the Jews, the date being the 14th day in the Hebrew month of ‘Adar’, which is the date Purim is always celebrated.
The word ‘Purim’ comes from the Hebrew word for ‘lots’ (‘Pur’).
It is a story of great courage in which a Hebrew girl, Esther, becomes queen and, together with her uncle, Mordecai, foils Haman’s evil scheme.
Esther and Mordecai save the Jewish people and Haman is hanged on his own gallows which he prepared for Mordecai.
‘Purim’ is a Jewish holiday that is enjoyed and loved by Jewish people the world over.
In fact, ‘Purim’ is the celebration of the survival of the Jewish people, usually against great odds and far more powerful enemies.
And throughout the generations, ‘Hamans’ have arisen with their sole intent being the destruction of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
There are new ‘Hamans’ on the world scene today seeking the destruction of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Israel is under attack and anti-Semitism is on the rise.
We understand that all forms of Islamic extremism seek the destruction of Israel. In fact, the existence of the modern State of Israel is actually opposed by almost every form of Islam.
Some forms of Islam are more violent than others, and the rise of global anti-Semitism has begun to permeate our society and is often subtly wrapped in the guise of an anti-Israel position.
We see this dangerous form of anti-Jewish behaviour actively engaged, especially in Europe.
Even in America, the so-called ‘land of the free’ anti-Israel sentiment is rife in their university and college campuses. Unfortunately, this anti-Israel spirit can easily cross boundaries and align itself with an anti-Jewish position.
And we are seeing this stance even in some churches as well as among some of the Body of Christ.
Instead of taking the gospel to and comforting the Jewish people, these very Christians are actively opposed to Israel and stand with Israel’s enemies (who are really the enemies of the Jewish people, the church, and Almighty G-d Himself.)
Let’s face it—there is a lot of propaganda and noise bombarding our culture through the media, and it’s hard for everyday sincere people to distinguish between what is true and what is false.
As followers of Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, the church should be sympathetic to the Jewish cause.
Historically, most true Christians have been pro-Israel and pro-Jewish without being anti anyone else…but today winds of change are in the air and therefore it is important to reread what the Bible says about Israel and the Jewish people.
Unfortunately, we see a growing anti-Israel movement within the church today that also shows the tell-tale signs of an historic anti-Jewish position as well.
However, G-d Is Faithful to His covenant, His promises and His hand is on Israel and the Jewish people.
Jeremiah 31:35-37 tells us that G-d is not finished with His chosen people: “Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name): “If those ordinances depart From before Me, says the LORD, Then the seed of Israel shall also cease From being a nation before Me forever.” Thus says the LORD: “If heaven above can be measured, And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel For all that they have done, says the LORD.””
It’s good to remember that in the book of Genesis, G-d promised Abram that He would bless those who bless the Jewish people and curse those who curse them.
I pray the L-rd will guide us all as we try to understand the times, stay true to the teachings of the scriptures and remain faithful to our Messiah, Deliverer and L-rd, Yeshua.