What Is Purim?
In 2016, Purim begins at sundown February 22, as referenced on the Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar.
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Purim is the celebration of victory over oppression thanks to Esther, an unlikely young woman (whose name at birth was Hadassah) who would be given a royal opportunity to be queen and save her people, the Jews, from a genocidal plan devised by one of the king’s advisors, Haman, whose people had been defeated by King Saul and King David.
In order to thwart the plan, Esther had to risk her own life by approaching the king uninvited — an action that could be punishable by death. For her bravery, the king granted Esther anything she wanted.
Esther’s request was that she and her people be spared from genocide — up to this point, the king was unaware that Esther, his beloved queen, was a Jew. Through a series of events that followed, Haman’s evil plan backfired and he was executed instead of the Jews.
How Is Purim Celebrated?
What Does It Mean?
Like the king’s bride, Esther, the bride of Messiah (the true servants and disciples of Yeshua) will realize that they were born “for such a time as this”, the same words spoken over Esther regarding her opportunity as the king’s bride, a position in which she was able to save her people from a secret plan of genocide.