Esther 9 - Victory, Rejoice & Feast
Today we made masks to help introduce the Jewish Feast of Purim. The masks symbolize that “nothing is at it seems”, just as God is in the details of everything, behind the scenes, His name not actually mentioned in the Book of Esther. God disguises His plans by using what seem like random, non-connecting events, to save His people from destruction.
Feast of Purim
Today was the last teaching in the Book of Esther. It is important for the children to step into the Bible, to literally experience life within it. This way they do not see the Bible as words on the pages, or fun stories, but as living, just as Jesus is. In Esther 9, the Jews defend themselves against those who hate them, and God gives them the victory! Now that they have peace and honor again, they are happy and they have a feast. Mordecai commands that they, and their descendants, remember this event always by celebrating every year the Feast of Purim. The name of the feast originally comes from the Persian (they were in Babylon) word "Pur” - means ‘lot’. It is then converted to the Hebrew plural word ”Purim” - means ‘lots’. This means to cast lots, which is how Haman decided which day the Jews would be killed on. (Casting lots is like rolling dice. They believed though the outcome was random, God was making the decision.)
The children also enjoyed some hamantaschen cookies. These are shaped in triangular form, same shape as evil Haman’s hat, to remember God’s victory over his evil plan.
The children were reminded that God loves His people, that includes them. That God will never allow His people to be destroyed because Jesus comes from Jewish lineage. That because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead for our sins, that when we turn from our ways, to follow Him, we are set from from our enemy as well, to enjoy life with our Jesus for all eternity.