Purim D’rash

 

Shalom,

We will be celebrating Purim on Saturday, March 11.  (We trust you will be joining us if you live locally.)  Purim is a fun holiday.  We have a great time dressing up in costumes, eating great food, playing games, and retelling the Purim story in a fun way.  But in the midst of our celebration, we cannot forget the serious circumstances and events that are commemorated by this holiday.  In today’s climate where we see anti-Semitism on the rise, we recall how in ancient Persia there were those who sought to annihilate our Jewish people.  There is always an enemy of the people of G-d who seeks to kill, still and destroy, but our G-d is greater.  As He delivered our Jewish people from the hands of wicked Haman, He will protect and preserve them today.  We also can be assured that He will continue to watch over us personally as we continue to seek Him.

One of the things that we see is how G-d strategically placed Hadassah in the courts of the King of Persia.  It was not by accident that she became queen.  It was divine appointment.  Nothing in our lives is simply a coincidence.  Hadassah, a Jewish woman, did not just happen to be the new queen.  Mordecai, a Jewish man did not just happen to discover the plot to kill the Jews.  G-d had strategically placed each of them in the place where they were so that He could show forth His mighty deliverance.  G-d has placed you where you are for a reason.

Know this that G-d is always working even behind the scenes.  Sometimes we may not understand what He is doing.  I am sure that Hadassah wasn’t necessarily thrilled about becoming one of many women in the harem of a foreign king.  She was a captive in this strange land.  Yet, G-d was directing her steps to not only protect her personally but to bring about the deliverance of the entire nation of Israel.  Adonai knows what He is doing in your life and mine.  We may not always like the situations we find ourselves in, but we need to keep our eyes on Him believing that He will work all things together for our good.  (Romans 8.38)  Look for G-d’s hand in your life.

Finally, G-d gave insight and discernment to Mordecai and Hadassah.  He gave them direction and they courageously stepped out allowing His power and deliverance to flow through them.  It is so easy to get frustrated by things happening in our lives and the situation in our world as we see and read the news.  However, what we need to do is receive a fresh revelation from Adonai as to what He would have us do in the midst of our personal lives, our communities, and the world around us.  Divrei HaYamim Aleph (1 Chronicles) 12.32 tells us that the men of Issachar were those  “who understood the times and knew what Isra’el ought to do.”  Like Hadassah and Mordecai, like the men of Issachar, we must seek G-d to not only understand what is happening in our lives and the world around us, but to KNOW what we ought to do.  The end result will be deliverance and release not only for us personally but for many around us.

As you ponder and reflect on Purim, may you remember that G-d is always there even when you can’t see Him.  I pray for fresh revelation and the courage to step out in faith.

Brachot,

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