Purim, one of the minor feasts, is almost here. While not listed among the Feasts of Yahweh in Leviticus 23, it is a significant feast instituted in the Book of Esther.
This year, 2013, it falls on the evening of February 23 through sundown on the 24th.
Purim is a special time to remember the great working of Yahweh in his salvation of the Jewish people from potential annihilation. It is also, I believe, a prophetic foreshadowing of a date to come when again the House of Judah and, probably, the House of Israel will be placed in great danger as we see eschatology unfold.
There are multiple ways to celebrate and remember the great salvation (yeshua) of our God. I just want to offer a few ideas for those who wish to reflect on the importance of this date.
Traditionally, the Book of Esther is read in the fellowship. I was mightily blessed reading this story last year with my family and pondering the Hand of Father orchestrating every detail in such a way that He alone would receive the glory. Reading the story alone or in groups, while taking the time to ponder the events and the provision of Yahweh, will directly relate to current times and possible future dangers. Consider the great lessons of prayer, fasting, patience, obedience and action!
Children (and adults who have been smart enough not to ‘grow up’) enjoy dressing up in costume to ‘hide’ their identities. This can be a fun addition to any of the other ideas mentioned here. Especially if they help with a dramatic reading or small skit/play/production.
Another great option we may use in our fellowship this year is to watch One Night with the King. This a terrific family friendly movie that is somewhat epic in size and scope with a flavor of older Hollywood productions such as ‘Joseph’ or ‘Moses.’ Overall, the story remains very close to the Biblical text, though some license is needed to make it flow and convey the drama.
Certainly, I would encourage you to take this opportunity to experience one of the feasts from Scripture and seek ways to use it to teach your children while personally absorbing what Yahweh would teach you in this season.
(A little more info and the original graphic used above at Solace Radio’s blog.)