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Purim > 14. Purim: The Greatest Of The Biblical Feasts

by Martin Cisneros

Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I awakened you under the apple tree. There your mother brought you forth; there she who bore you brought you forth. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy as hard as the pit; love's flames are flames of fire, a flame of Yah. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised. Song of Solomon 8:5-7

For those who choked on comments I made years ago about marriage BEING ABLE TO endure as long as God will, based upon Matthew 22:23-33 where three significant Biblical marriages are brought up in the context of the resurrection being discussed, I lacked Song of Solomon 8:6 for corroboration at the time. Though not popular as an interpretation, Jesus' answer to the Sadducees question about a woman being married to 7 brothers was that she would be married to all 7 in the resurrection if death was what broke up those families rather than divorce. We still, to the present day, associate Jacob, one of the marriages mentioned, with both Leah and Rachel, and not by accident or circumstance of a 3 dimensional Bible that's not evolving in it's surface reading. While it's not my purpose to meddle with marriage and divorce in any kind of depth, here, filing for divorce from someone is essentially (except in the rarest of the rarest of circumstances) a Haman decree. (What did Jesus say about what God has joined together being put asunder? It's done by written decree, isn't it? It decrees the death of something, doesn't it? In some circumstances, it's the construction of gallows for someone, spiritually speaking, isn't it?)

Men experience a form of perpetuity, a type of immortality, via having children [with a woman] that are raised in their image and likeness, don't they? Therefore a marriage certificate that's filed with the county clerk in a situation that brings forth perpetuity of the image and likeness of the man, is an Esther and Mordecai decree against the decree of death inherited from the first man that obeyed the Serpent, which was the Haman of Adam's day. It partially side-steps the book of Genesis decree of death for every man 'til he receives from Christ the fuller, physical resurrection that's rightfully his by Covenant with Christ. Doesn't have to exclusively be physical life that's brought forth by that marriage that is the repeal of the death decree in the Garden of Eden that that man is otherwise a recipient of. Spiritual offspring given birth to, in collaboration with a righteous woman, is likewise a form of the escape from death that belongs to God and is a seed sown towards one's own Romans 2:7 immortality. Every man that's ever been happily married 24hrs knows the feeling of having escaped death's sting and something that threatened his death in obscurity. Conversely, every man who through no fault of their own or through little fault of their own has experienced the sting of a wife having filed for divorce from him knows exactly how Mordecai and all of the Jews of Persia felt when Haman's decree was issued! I don't believe there's a greater way of victimizing anyone on the planet! Their whole world faces genocide!

In talking about Song of Solomon 8:6, it implies to me that Romans 11:36, 1Corinthians 15:28, and Ephesians 1:8-10 can INCLUDE wives going back into their husbands before the final insertion of all things into God. The context is obviously marital love being able to rise to a level via the Word of Faith message until Habakkuk 3:3-4 is where that marriage is hidden. Marriage via the New Covenants of the Bible can rise to a level where it's [likewise] hidden with Christ in God, not just the individuals who've confessed Him. Charismatics get excited about Zechariah 4 and Acts 10 memorials! Song of Solomon 8:6 is talking about Biblical marriage turning INTO flames of YHWH. What if Acts 2:3 was nothing more than marriages of each person that was in there that day becoming flames of YHWH per Song of Solomon 8:6? The book of Zechariah talks about the flames of YHWH that the Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenant is in Him, but people have missed this part about immutable marriages! Every Christian couple needs to stand on Song of Solomon and related verses until the Godhead would have to be torn up before their marriage could be! Who's the next Christian couples that when folks report having seen the flames of YHWH while in heaven were PROBABLY seeing THEIR marriage?!

Verse 5 of Song of Solomon 8 says simply her leaning on her beloved is what was Covenantally Counted as the flames of YHWH in the 6th verse! God being the [loving] show off isn't bound by our timeline, so flames writing the Ten Commandments in the Ten Commandments movie easily include our marriage, and yours too if God ordained the union, Personally! I'm curious if ABC is showing the Charleton Heston movie this yr, The Ten Commandments, like they've done in previous yrs, usually around Passover/Easter. Every Christian Rabbi I've ever heard has called the giving of the Law/Torah/Commandments at Sinai God's marriage with Israel. At such an important day for our heavenly Father, i.e. His marriage, why wouldn't every marriage He's EVER ordained have been present in Him? Bible code enthusiasts, by the things they've said on other matters, have always hinted in the [general] direction that He said all of the marriages He was ordaining at one time, right? If God said all those marriages all at 1 time, presided over each of 'em at once for all time, when He married Himself to Israel, ours was THERE! That's not changed by the fact that ours came out of the New Covenants that the Old Testament prophesied about, one by one, leading the way TOWARDS. What else would that "messenger" have been that was in burning bush but each marriage He was ordaining for all time and the Hosea 2:18 Covenant?!! Bible TRANSLATIONS say it was His Angel in that burning bush, but that's translated from "messenger." What were the individual messages CONTAINED by the messenger??

Every marriage God's ever ordained was as much a part of that burning bush, represented by each individual flame, as all God would EVER Be!! Coming from verses 5 and 6, verse 7 of Song of Solomon 8 is 1 of book's understatements: floods can't drown marriages that are flames of YHWH. Verse 7 is 1 of the verses Rabbis would have taught at Tabernacles. Unquenchable flames of YHWH is a reference to Chanukkah. Song of Solomon may close with references to Purim. If Song of Solomon closes with Purim references it would be appropriate since all things close at Purim with the decree of death being repealed per Col. 2:14-15. What Haman tried to do to God's people in the book of Esther, mankind tried to do with God's never failing, inescapable love in Eden. Haman not only represents what each of us as rebellious youth tried to do to the love of God in Eden, but also the historical point of reversal of that. The book of Esther begins with a 180 day party that represents Isaac who lived to 180yrs, meaning this book is a lesson on the New Testament in Christ. I'm almost to the point of saying the New Testament speaks more about Purim than Passover but I need just a handful of more proofs for my own benefit. The Gospels and Acts obviously include the casting of lots and things not ending the way the wicked assumed they would. Though I said that Purim begins with an “Isaac” reference/allusion in 1st chapter of Esther, it's also the fulfillment of Zephaniah 3 and Isaiah 25.

The book of Esther, or rather Purim, got defined by Esther in Esther 7:4 as more important than the Passover story. Passover is a leaving of slavery, Purim is an overcoming of a decree of Death that closes the Divine calendar that began at Passover/Genesis-Deuteronomy. Passover's deliberately ignored by Esther though Haman's decree was written within 2 or 3 days of Passover, just prior to, according to Esther 3:7-12. God at least makes a cameo in Esther a minimum of 5 times, scholars tell us, as a very obvious Bible code in the arrangement of the Hebrew letters on the scrolls of Esther. The book of Esther subliminally alludes to the repealing of the decree of Death [at Purim] that's not only chased humanity, but all of Creation since man was banished from the Garden. The book of Esther, in Esther 1:5 begins the story of Purim in the Palace “Garden.” This “Garden” comes up again at the condemnation of Satan, or Haman, in Esther 7:7-8. This story begins in a “Garden” and the judgment that begins undoing all that the Adversary has done begins in the same “Garden.” The Old Testament can be viewed as a coming of Saul, the New Testament can be viewed as a coming of David, and what's yet coming is the Church as Solomon taking Creation to Purim. That's why all of the Church's sexual issues are coming to the forefront, 'cause it's the Solomon Dynasty in the fulfillment of Scriptural allegory. The book of Esther is a Covenant that has no animal sacrifices as a part of it, and concludes with the speaking of prosperity (Shalom) to his seed in Esther 10:3 (check your Concordances and/or Center Column Reference Study Notes on this). Esther is Christ in the book of Esther, while Mordecai is the Church with new robes, a new crown, and new policies closing history; declaring prosperous all of His SEED of Genesis chapter 1 and Jeremiah 31:27-28.

1Corinthians 15:22-28 is a synopsis, together with Ephesians 4, of Esther chapters 8, 9, and 10. King Ahasuerus is clearly representing YHWH in the book of Esther. The two VERY DEAD doorkeepers in the book of Esther are likely the twin issues of sin and legalism trying to muscle in to supremacy in the Kingdom of YHWH. All of human history has been the story of licentiousness and religious legalism trying to take down our heavenly Father's life from Creation. The 6 months with oil of myrrh and the 6 months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women that Esther was subjected to in Esther chapter 2 are the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the New Testament informed by the prophets of the Bible and Purim! The Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenant and Purim are James 1:17; Esther 2:18 gifts according to generosity of a King, ( good and perfect gifts) and not to be confused with the gifts of Christ. The Gifts of Christ in Ephesians chapters 3 and 4 are still subject to His primary calling to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The Petition of Prayer Kenneth Copeland has taught for half a century is taken by the Holy Spirit, within him, straight from Purim, i.e. the reversal of the Devil's handwriting against __! (Fill in the blank, whether needed money for the ministry, without which the ministry can't fulfill it's calling, the necessary resources for the sustenance of a household, et. al.) That is the main reason those written Covenants with writing out the Scriptures for a need has proven to be so effective; “writing the vision, making it plain (Habakkuk 2:1-4)” is Purim teaching.

When Jesus called the Church a City on a Hill in the Sermon on Mount, in Matthew 5:14, that wasn't a reference to Mosaic Cities on a Hill where those who committed involuntary manslaughter could run for refuge. He called His Church Shushan. Shushan is the city in the book of Esther from which the decree of Death was reversed. It's not the same as an escape hatch for involuntary man-slaughterers. The Second Coming of Christ, in the traditional way of looking at it, is Esther 9:32 AFTER we've been heralding the same message in Esther 9:20-22,28. Esther 10:1-2 would be the White Throne Judgment, while Esther 10:3, when correctly translated, is the picture of the Body of Christ ever after. In Revelation 20 where you've got a surrounding of God's people and fire coming down, this fire is Song of Solomon 8:5-7 marital flames of YHWH at Purim, as the fires of the marriage of Ahasuerus and Esther overtook all of the enemies of the Jews that Purim is a celebration of. Revelation 20:9 says the camp of saints (which would be Shushan) and the beloved city (the Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenant depicted in Zechariah 2:4-5) are surrounded and Ephesians 5 marriages overcome everything the Enemy tries to do. Revelation 20 closes with Esther 7:5-10. You've not understood Song of Solomon 8:5-7 if this is unclear. The Second Death is the Second Death decree of Esther in Esther 8:3-12. Hades in Revelation 20 being a pagan deity in the Greco-Roman world, as well as a place, is Haman being tossed with his family and his death decree (his Job 1:9-11 insolent DEMANDS) under the bus. What do we have with the last 2 chapters of the book of Revelation? They are an expanded version of the last verse of the book of Esther: Peace (Shalom) spoken to all HIS seed. Along the lines of what I said earlier on Song of Solomon 8:5-7, Hanukkah (i.e. flames of YHWH) is very likely the time period of Esther's wedding in Esther 2:16-18. “Tebeth” in Esther 2:16 is the same as the month of “Tevet,” as in Kislev 25 through Tevet 2 or 3, (dates of Hanukkah) which COULD be the same general time frame spoken of in Esther 2:16, though I realize the miracle of Hanukkah happened later. Going by Esther 2:16/Esther 3:7/Esther 8:9 it was approximately 53 months between Esther meeting Ahasuerus and the tables being turned on Haman, and all who held his beliefs, by political decree. It was approximately 62 months between Esther meeting Ahasuerus and the defeat/death of all of those who sought the harm of the Jews by legal decree. Along the lines of what I've just said, particularly interesting, in terms of an interesting read on Purim subject: Psalm 62, Isaiah 62...!

A major point of Purim is a Covenantal promise from God about the protection of men, women, and children in Christ from the men, women, and children of every modern Haman that we might face and the extinction of the men, women, and children of the families that would set themselves against the men, women, and children in Christ. Because the Son of God came to save men's lives (implicitly including women's and children's lives) rather than to destroy them, then of course we can view this as a promise that 99.9% of the time has figurative fulfillments or even more than figurative and a sense of literalism that's better targeted than the literalism of the destruction of men, women, and children who are in opposition to Christ and His people, such as the destruction of genetic codes in human and other genomes that would work against the abundant life of those who are submitted to the Gospel and Prophets of the Holy Bible and are following the Holy Spirit everywhere He's indicating that God the Father and Christ the Son of God are wanting them to go or to be involved with in private and public matters, matters of the home and matters of the state where the Kingdom of God is concerned.

The aspect of political deliverance is unmistakably a part of Purim, deliverance from political leaders with agendas that involve the destruction of the liberties of men, women, and children in Christ. Because of the great debates about taxation in our day and the role, extent, and limits of governmental power, it's important to note that Haman was not a part of the King of Persia's IRS, as it would be understood in the United States. Haman would have been considered a part of the executive branch of government, and, with the king's approval, a part of the legislative part of their government. The King still insisted upon quite a bit of taxation in Esther 10:1, whether it was because of destruction of public property because of the two days of fighting to the death that was happening in his kingdom, or that simply in the Spring time it was time for their tax season. Purim shouldn't be looked at as a politically subversive message that would seek to throw off the established rule of law and government any further than where it's specifically in the interests of the safety of God's people and in the interests of bringing in many new people into embracing the Lordship of Jesus and being a disciple of His Gospel, Biblical prophets, and the ministries that He's ordained in the earth as places where His Holy Spirit is being actively expressed in the training, equipping, and governance of His Kingdom matters in the earth.

Purim is a powerful testament to God's faithfulness to the protection of His people and to His intent to rise up for spiritual plunder, as He promised He would in Zephaniah 3 where it talks about this issue of what was coming in the events of the Book of Esther. It's a celebration of family, a celebration of God's work in the protection of people who are disciples and manifestations of Him, and His purposes, in the earth. Purim is an affirmation of the love of a king for his bride, a rekindling of a powerful romance that may have begun around what in later times would have been understood as the season of Hanukkah as a great romance became, through time, a flame of YHWH. At Purim, Christ received the house of Satan, per Esther 8:1-2, and placed the leadership of the Church over the house of every Adversary, since Mordecai is the picture of the image of Christ's actively engaged Ambassadors in the earth. It says repeatedly that many of the people of the land became Jews, or the believers of the day, but they didn't touch the plunder as the enemies of the Jews were overcome, but Esther made sure that Mordecai had full usage of what the King (YHWH) had placed in her hand as he stepped into his ministerial role in Esther 9:3-4 and Esther 10:3.

When it says they wouldn't touch the plunder, doesn't mean Mordecai didn't later minister it to them. I see these references to their not touching the plunder in Esther chapter 9 as very similar to Acts 5:13. Many of the people of the land were becoming Jews, it says at the close of Esther chapter 8, so these were all spiritual babies that wanted to be honourable about what God was doing as He was rising up for plunder, as He said in Zephaniah 3 that He would, but they were timid and not sure that the plunder belonged to them. We've got many in the Body of Christ like that today and have had more people like that in the Body of Christ in the past than even now, those who are afraid to touch the spoils of God's battle the way that Israel did when leaving Egypt or as David did as he was overcoming Goliath and the rest of the Philistines.

I want to remind everyone of what I've already said, briefly, above, that Esther after a 3 day and 3 night absolute fast with prayer indicated that the events that relate to Purim are much more important than the events that related to the Exodus at Passover. It says so in Esther 7:4, as you think through the implications, of someone standing in the shoes of Christ after a 3 day and 3 night figurative death that she put on the robes of Christ afterwards in Esther 5:1 ready to offer her blood for her people, being a figurative analogy of Christ entering into heaven with His own Blood where the Father gave Christ all of the Kingdom, except for rulership over Himself. Esther was offered half a Kingdom after her fast, Christ Jesus received all of the Kingdom and rules over all except for the Father, as Esther essentially ruled over all except for King Ahasuerus. This is the time when the Father rose up for plunder, per Zephaniah 3, and continues to rise up for plunder to the present day, during this general season of Purim. Christ arose for plunder at Passover and the Father arises for plunder at Purim, completing the Divine calendar from Nisan to Adar. In Esther, it didn't take Esther's blood. Christ's Blood would come later as the basis upon which the Father would rise up for plunder. Purim was at the close of their calendar, but with the way we count time in the West, Purim is right before Passover, Purim being somewhere in February/March while Passover/Easter is March/April, depending on the year. Purim is as much about the honour of a daughter towards the man who raised her as her natural and spiritual father in the place of her deceased biological father and mother.

Her identity was hidden, as a Jew, as Christ's identity is hidden, from Jews, 'til the events of Purim. She's described as without father and mother, in the exact same way as Melchizedek is described in Hebrews. Purim is a feast that's about honour, per Esther 2:10, Esther 2:20, Esther 6:6-11, Esther 8:1-2, Esther 8:16. It's about the exaltation of a man, Mordecai, who raised a woman right, spiritually. Her seeds of honour towards Mordecai reaped a harvest in the King of the land honouring Mordecai more than she could have EVER imagined! I'm certain Kenneth Copeland would look at this very issue and conclude that it's within the realm of his teaching on the “Twice-Sown Seed” because of all that Esther reaped out of the honour she sowed into Mordecai all of those years leading up to the honours that the King bestowed upon him both for Esther's sake and for his own sake because this was the man who had spoken good in the behalf of the King per Esther 2:22-23 and Esther 7:9. There's no telling what Esther reaped as a result of the honour that THEN Mordecai could then honour her with by honouring her interests where the house of Haman was concerned and by all that being second only to the King would have meant! Talk about 12 baskets full, plus credit for having been instrumental in having not only saved the Jews but having multiplied them as the sand by the seashore and the stars of heaven with all of the additional multitudes in the valley of decision that became Jews!

Given the depth and breadth of the New Testament truths that are a part of the feast of Purim, I feel I should close with a brief series of comments on various traditions that have grown up around the festival of Purim. Fasting is done by the more devout Jews on the day before the Purim festivities, commemorating Esther's fast with all of the Jewish believers in Shushan and the fasting done throughout the 127 Provinces of the Persian Empire by the Jewish people throughout the Empire as they became aware of the crisis of history and of destiny that they were in the midst of. I agree with this tradition as a time for Christians to seek the Lord for His wisdom regarding His will for the lands that they live in, and to seek the Lord for the removal of impending Evil that's on the political horizon that would specifically seek to curtail the advancement of the Gospel throughout the nation and the world. I believe it's valid to use this day as a day to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, both the spiritual Jerusalem of the Body of Christ and the Jerusalem of the natural realm in the middle east. For Christians who choose to host their own Purim festivities in honour of their symbiosis before God with the Jewish people that St. Paul talks about in Romans, Ephesians, and elsewhere in his epistles and in recognition of Purim as holding a promise of the repeal of the decree of death over the bodies of their immediate families and the Creation around them that we have through Christ Jesus, properly undertaken the fast may result in the loss of between a quarter of a pound and a whole pound of fat from one's body that one's expecting to regain, cheerfully, at Purim via all of the goodies one chooses to prepare for those two days!

I agree with the usage of the two days as a Judeo-Christian alternative to Halloween for those Christians who don't want to be party-poopers but at the same time have very strong moral and religious convictions against Halloween's history and meaning to many. I don't agree with the tradition in Jewish circles of dividing up the festivity into 1 day of celebrations, the 14th of Adar based upon living in what would have been an unwalled city at the time of Joshua or celebrating the 15th of Adar based upon living in what would have been, most likely, a walled city at the time of Joshua. That's no doubt in connection with Haman having been the last in the family line of an ancestory of haters of the Jews that the Jews were supposed to have fully exterminated centuries earlier than the events of the book of Esther, and through disobedience to God on that matter, they had to deal with it again in the events of the book of Esther. Used as a historical remembrance of that and as a historical remembrance of the particular day that fighting was ended and celebrations began among the Jews in Esther chapter 9 throughout the Persian Empire is partly to blame for the religious and spiritual significance of the book of Esther having been lost to us all of this time, until now, and I believe it's a recrafting of the festival of Purim that's laid out in Esther chapter 9 where the two days were to be commemorated with all of the festivities, gifts to one another, and gifts to the poor from a festival of “Purim” that's a plural word into “Pur” which is the singular word for the casting of the lots. The Bible says those two days were to be a time of festivities and generosity with one another and with the poor in every city in Esther 9. Esther 9:27-28 says these two days should be observed in every city, implying considerations of whether the city was walled or unwalled at the time of Joshua's Conquest of Canaan are completely irrelevant to a Biblically based celebration of it!

During leap years on the Hebrew calendar, Purim is celebrated in the second month of Adar. (The Karaites, however, celebrate it in the first month of Adar.) I tend to agree with the Karaites on this, that the book of Esther didn't make provision for Double Adar, but simply said 14th and 15th of Adar was when this was to be celebrated. Using wikipedia's article on Purim as a source on this next particular point: “Until recently, many Jewish communities around the world celebrated local "Purims" that commemorated its deliverance from a particular antisemitic ruler or group.” I believe these types of local Covenants are valid, that God's to be praised and celebrated during other personal Purim situations that may arise where a great deliverance has occurred that was a deliverance from a decree of death. Someone gets healed supernaturally by Christ from an incurable disease and a specific date of the manifestation of their healing is actually known, then I believe it would be valid for the families and Churches of those individuals to have an annual two day celebration, a personalized “Purim” that celebrated a great deliverance from a certain decree of death. In larger Churches where Christ heals with some regularity, clearly a public celebration of every single family's personal Purim may not be very practical, but all of these instances can be particularly remembered and celebrated by the congregation with any notes they're given about the upcoming 14th and 15th days of Adar in the following calendar year or at the next Purim if it happened earlier in the year than the Purim of that year. And of course, Colossians 2 tells us to look for the daily reality of all of these Biblical festivals in Christ Jesus and His work in and through us. At the same time, I don't believe Colossians 2 should be used as an occasion to not be doers of the Word where the 14th and 15th of Adar are concerned! There's that danger too, of generalizing everything to where everything's lost the depth of it's power to teach, inspire, and reveal Christ among us and within us if we set aside the calendar dates as irrelevant! Esther 9 says to celebrate this yearly as part of one's solidarity with Jewish believers of the God of the Bible and what's really real in our hearts is what we do, not what we're dismissive of in favor of our own agendas.

For Christian Universalists, rather than taking on the prevalent Jewish attitudes against Haman and his entire family should instead perhaps use the fasting of the day before Purim to seek God for the restoration [to God] of Haman, his ten sons, and their whole family, and all who were destroyed by the Jews in the events of the book of Esther because mercy triumphs over judgment and it's not in our best interests to be practicing wrath and ministries of condemnation with anybody! It's in our best interests that together with our 1Timothy 2 prayers for the recovery of all of mankind from sin by Christ Jesus that we would add Haman and his family and his co-conspirators to our prayers at Purim for a speedy conquest of their hearts by Christ, that every thought of their's would be brought captive to the obedience of Christ! I agree with Purim carnivals and wish there were many more of them and more elaborate ones, including ones hosted by Christian groups. Christian involvement in their organization would help in bringing Purim out of the shadows as a minor holiday, in the way that Jews view it, and would reflect a more proactively Biblical approach of giving it the attention it deserves for it's typology regarding the repeal of the decree of Death and would have a chance in creating wider acknowledgement of it as an alternative to celebrating Halloween as the time to dress up in costumes and enjoy generosity with sweets and other things! It's our own fault for not holding to the Biblical alternative that's at Purim that people flock to Halloween celebrations 'cause of having absolutely no other time of the year when they're encouraged to dress up in costumes and have fun!

I agree with the entire book of Esther being reviewed in our congregations multiple times during the feast of Purim among Christian families, particularly since we're so far behind in receiving it's multifaceted truths that relate to the Gospel and Christ's individualized Gospel for each of our lives that He's daily talking with each of us about. I don't agree with the Rabbinical encouragement to be totally intoxicated on adult beverages at Purim 'til one can no longer recite their traditional blessings and curses at Purim where they say “Blessed be Mordecai” and “Cursed be Haman.” Christians shouldn't be cursing at Purim, for one thing, regardless of who the Devil involved is, and St. Paul addressed this matter of substance abuse in his epistles. I don't believe with some that the Bible forbids intoxicating substances but merely that it teaches not abusing one's body and mind with excessive drinking. If the drinking wasn't compulsory in Esther chapter 1, then I don't believe there should be peer pressure in our celebrations of Purim to abuse intoxicating substances, even if they're available at Purim. While that victory of Purim was won over wine, as they argue, I believe it should be viewed in terms of it's Biblical meaning that it was won by the Blood of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. I also believe in terms of the traditional Jewish blessings and prayers at Purim that we should avoid those and seek to find our own meanings in the book of Esther because nothing in their theology about the book of Esther acknowledges the overcoming of world history by the Body of Christ, and the degree to which they regard it as [nearly exclusively] a day of frivolity and as a minor holiday that was Rabbinically decreed rather than divinely instituted by God that they are not privy to the mind of the Holy Spirit regarding this precious portion of Scripture!

I have no problem with “Purim Spiels” that are essentially theatrical productions that are comic dramatizations in nature, but I would advise against going too far with satire, sarcasm, and unintentionally departing from New Testament expectations of moderation in our uses of humor so that things don't degenerate into the frivolous, irreverent, etc. I would be much more wary of “Purim Torah.” Purim Torah are humorous and satirical writings customarily read on the Jewish holiday of Purim. Purim Torah can be simple or elaborate, and require no qualifications to write, other than a good sense of humor. Purim Torah authors, often displaying an amazing grasp of Jewish knowledge, playfully use some of the far-fetched methods of Biblical exegesis in order to reach absurd conclusions. I would advise caution on “Purim Torah” because of Christian concerns about not going overboard on humor and because of all of the wealth of teaching I've provided thus far on the subject of Purim that's suggestive that there's much more spiritual truth that can be mined at this time and that instead of “Purim Torah” perhaps we ought to have, instead, a “Purim Gospel” which each of us would flesh out as a new concept where we would focus on extra special revelations of truth at Purim that would be the most beneficial for the Body of Christ, Christian and Jewish relations, and would be in the best interests of reclaiming the world for Christ Jesus and shaking off the bonds of Death's tyranny over all of Creation!

Since Esther was likely living as a Vegan in the absence of access to Kosher foods because of the secrecy with which she lived about her Jewish identity, perhaps for those ministers who agree with what we teach about the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, but don't believe it's a main teaching of their ministries, perhaps at this time while tackling the subject of the reversal of the decree of death over all of Creation through Christ, perhaps at this time ministers who wouldn't otherwise ordinarily say very much about the Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenant would exercise greater liberty in revealing the Gospel of God's Covenantal grace for the Creation at this time of year, if at no other, because of Romans 8:21 and the fact that Purim looks forward to the repeal of the decree of death everywhere the decree of death has gone forth from Creation's first day until now! Looking at Purim through St. Paul's Gospel, Purim is not only the Covenantal assurance of God of the repeal of the decrees of the carnal mind, but also the time to anticipate Creation's entrance into the liberties of the children of God.

Before I was even aware, my soul had made me as the chariots of my noble people. Song of Solomon 6:12

 

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