“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
God’s timing for us to start the book of Esther is amazing for two reasons. Firstly, one of the reasons this book is so fascinating is that the word “king” is used over one hundred times, but the name of God isn’t used once. Why? We can’t know for sure, but we can surmise that it was most likely because the children of Israel were more interested in their earthly king than they were in their Heavenly King. Does that sound familiar?
Secondly, we learn that it was on March 7 that the children of Israel “cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month (3:7)” and we just happen to be beginning our study on March 7. The book of Esther explains the origin of the feast of Purim. This is a joyful feast that the children of Israel celebrate annually on the fourteenth and fifteenth days of March. Since the feast is not found anywhere else in the Law, it’s meaning would be a mystery to us if not for the book of Esther.
The meaning of the book can be summed up in a word: providence. Providence is defined as “that continuous agency of God by which He makes all events of the physical and moral universe fulfill the original design which He created it (Strong’s Systematic Theology).” The book of Esther reminds us of God’s providential care for His people even when He is not their priority. The book reminds us that God is faithful to keep His promises to Abraham by showing us yet again that every enemy that has tried to destroy the children of Israel was defeated. At Passover, the Jews celebrate God’s victory over Egypt. Every December at Hanukkah (Feast of Lights) they celebrate the victory of Judas Maccabaeus and the cleansing of the Temple. Purim commemorates their victory over Haman. Today, Satan continues to try and conquer Israel, but God continues to care for them and He will continue to until the day Jesus comes and establishes His kingdom on earth.
Join us this Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s home as we open Esther 1 and get “Acquainted with the King”. It will be very interesting for us to see some of the similarities between their king and our king, and it will be exciting to realize how relevant this book is “for such a time as this!”
God bless you all and hope to see you there!