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2022/3/16 Celebrating Purim—Any Wicked Plot Can Be Turned Back on the Enemy

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

Ron Sawka Ministries

March 16, 2022; 13 Adar 2, 5782

“That they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor. So the Jews accepted the custom which they had begun, as Mordecai had written to them, because Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to annihilate them, and had cast Pur (that is, the lot), to consume them and destroy them; but when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letter that this wicked plot which Haman had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows” (Esth. 9:22–25, emphasis added).

“What advantage then has the Jew …? Much in every way!” (Rom. 3:1–2).

Celebrating Purim—Any Wicked Plot Can Be Turned Back on the Enemy

I marvel at the Lord’s wisdom in providing us with various feasts* to celebrate**. They are definitely optional, but according to Romans 3:2, celebrating them is beneficial. They especially help instill correct mindsets.

Think about Christmas. Even as children we knew it was “optional,” but it was so much fun. There was the joy of eating together and exchanging gifts, and it made us feel closer as a family. Along with that incredible joy, celebrating Christmas instilled in us a deep sense that God loved us and the whole world and that He sent His son Jesus to bring light and salvation. In fact, I think most people would say that celebrating Christmas instills a mindset more in line with God’s—love, hope, giving, and helping the needy.

So it is with the Hebrew feasts. Purely optional, but they should fill us with joy, and they definitely help us get the correct mindsets. March 16–17 is the feast of Purim, and God wants us to have the mindset that any decree or plot of the enemy can be reversed if we keep our eyes on Him and rise up in Him.

We all know the story of Esther. Wicked Haman manipulated the king to make a decree that on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month (Adar), all Jews could be killed and their property seized (Esther 3:12–13). They had no recourse. It was legally binding. According to Persian law, such a decree could not be cancelled or rescinded (8:8).

Mordecai reminded Esther that perhaps she had become queen for “such a time as this” (4:14). She asked her people to fast with her for three days. She found favor with the king. She and Mordecai were then allowed to make their own decree that said the Jews could defend themselves. God’s favor fell on them. When the day of battle came (Adar 13), they easily routed the enemy. Seemingly inevitable defeat turned into complete victory. From then on, Adar 13–14 became the feast of Purim.

What an incredible mindset God wants us to have. He wants us to rejoice. He wants us to know that no matter how dark—or how seemingly irreversible—a situation may seem, it can be turned into victory. We have been given the weapons of joy and faith. No plot against us need stand.

This week, regardless of whether or not you celebrate Purim with a special meal or the exchange of gifts, there are two things you should do. First, rejoice. Second, take hold of any situation from the devil that seems to be against you and decree that through Jesus it will be overturned. Declare that it cannot stand or continue. Declare that it gets turned back on the devil’s head. Declare God’s desired victory for you will come to pass.

Rise up in faith. Don’t surrender to it. Make your declaration and watch the problem be overturned.

Thanks for praying,

Ron and Teddy

*Major feasts: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles; minor feasts: Purim, Hannukah

**Paul clearly wrote these are optional (Col. 2:16), but can be of great benefit (Rom. 3:1–2).

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