As we finish Esther as Australians we resonate with the establishment of this festival of Purim – a day off for feasting and remembering. Who doesn’t want that?
The meaning behind our public holidays in many instances has been forgotten – Labour Day, Queens Birthday (unless you’re a monarchist!) and for some Christmas and Easter. The 2 days that still seem to have significant meaning for many Australians are Anzac Day and Australia Day (notwithstanding the current debate)
Mordecai and Esther are very keen that Gods providence and sovereign power in preserving the Jews is remembered and celebrated annually. Mordecai with some prescriptive detail communicates this the Jews both near and far in Xerxes kingdom. In some ways this celebration sounds a lot lot like Christmas! – getting together, feasting, joy, giving presents, remembering the poor.
Mordecai is elevated in rank second only to the king. What Haman had planned and plotted – the destruction of the Jews has been over ruled by the Lords power.
God’s sovereignty is greater than the power of any human leader – King Xerxes, Donald Trump or Robert Mugabe. He even changes the hearts of leaders to achieve His will.
Lets pray He continues to do that in the world…………and as always including our own heart.