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Purim

By Eric Carlson on March 1, 2024

Esther 3:8. Then Haman said to Achashverosh, “There is a particular people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every other people; moreover, they don’t observe the king’s laws. It doesn’t befit the king to tolerate them.

Haman described our Jewish People to Achashverosh as a “people scattered abroad and dispersed amongst the people.” As children of God, we too are scattered and dispersed among all the people of the 50 states of this nation! Our laws, Mitzvahs, and commands are different than those of all other nation and there are now laws of this land that we cannot and won’t observe!! We have American Haman’s that are pointing us out as he did with our Jewish people in Persia! The parallel between the story of Esther over 2,450 years again and our situation in America today is chilling! Haman wanted to kill and eradicate all our Jewish people, to completely destroy every vestige of our biblical culture and expression of worship. We today in America have a quickly growing segment of our population that seeks the same for us!

Esther 3:13. Letters were sent by courier to all the royal provinces “to destroy, kill and exterminate all Jews, from young to old, including small children and women, on a specific day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to seize their goods as plunder.”

Each expression of destruction relates to a different aspect of Jewish existence. Haman wanted to “exterminate” the existence of our Jewish people by destroying all mention of the Torah, its commandments, and their observances. Haman wanted to physically “annihilate” the Jewish nation. Not only did he want to kill us; he wanted to destroy every last shred of our existence hence a literal annihilation. Lastly, Haman wanted to plunder the goods of the Jews, so that no physical remnant would remain of the Jewish people. Exactly what the Nazi’s sought to do, exactly what the Inquisition sought to do, exactly what Pogroms sought to do, ironically, it’s what Socialism and Wokeism seeks to do in our nation today!! It’s a concerted attack against Adonai’s covenant promise to the Jewish people. If the Jewish people cease to exist Gods word isn’t true. Haman was a minyan of HaSatan who seeks to destroy Adonais covenant promise:

Jeremiah 31:35-36. This is what ADONAI says, who gives the sun as light for the day, who ordained the laws for the moon and stars to provide light for the night, who stirs up the sea until its waves roar — ADONAI-Tzva’ot is his name: 36 “If these laws leave my presence,” says ADONAI, “then the offspring of Isra’el will stop being a nation in my presence forever.”

In a unique twist the name of Adonai isn’t mentioned in the entire book of Esther. Whoever misses the Divine hand that touched the Purim story is not looking. And if he claims that he heard the Megillah, he probably was not listening. Imagine, the Prime Minister draws lots and decides to annihilate the entire Jewish nation. Within 24 hours he has approval from the ruler of the not-so-free-world, King Achashverosh.

Within days, the plot is foiled, the Prime Minister is hanged, and his prime target is promoted to replace him! Pretty political. Pretty miraculous. And definitely divine. Yet Hashem’s name is not mentioned once in the Megillah. Why? Of course, the Megillah is replete with allusions. There are acronyms that spell the name of Hashem, and our sages explain that every time the word “King” is mentioned in the Megillah, it has a divine reference. But, still, why does the Book of Esther, a Divinely inspired Megillah, have only veiled references to Heavenly intervention?

The writers of the Megillah left us with a message that would accompany us throughout our long exile. You will not always see God’s signature openly emblazoned upon every circumstance. However, throughout persecution and deliverance, He is always there. And just like on Purim His obvious interference is undocumented; but we know and feel it — and we search for it, and we find it! So, too, in every instance we must seek His name, find it, and recognize it. It may not be emblazoned on the bumper; it may be hidden on the console — but it is there. For Hashem is always speaking. All we have to do is listen.

In America today those who advocate biblical, Judeo-Christian values and reject the lies of the leftist, socialist, communist state are being marginalized and singled out for persecution. “Biblical believers, Messianic Jews, Jews, Christians and their Congregations, Synagogues, and institutions are seen as an obstacle to progress doctrines. If you stand or speak out against LGBT rights for example, if you stand against abortion rights, if you stand against critical race theory you are a problem with the New State Doctrines. The Cancel Culture is attempting to silence our voice, to take away our First Amendment right to free speech!

American youth are readily taking to the streets to demand social change, embracing Socialism, Communism, Hamas, and a radical doctrine called critical race theory which is inflaming their frustrations and the current social unrest. There are certain times, situations, experiences in life that the greatest act of trust is to not run to God for a miracle, rather, the greatest act of trust is to make a stand because it reveals the trust in who you serve. This is foundational understanding of the book of Esther:

Esther 4:12-14. Upon being told what Ester had said, Mordekhai 13 asked them to give Ester this answer: “Don’t suppose that merely because you happen to be in the royal palace you will escape any more than the other Jews. 14 For if you fail to speak up now, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from a different direction; but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows whether you didn’t come into your royal position precisely for such a time as this.”

Purim is about boldly standing for truth! Throughout our history since the days of Moses, we as a people have endured untold attacks, persecutions, and face annihilation. The names have varied: It’s been called “Purim”, “Hanukkah”, “Inquisition,” “Pogroms,” “Holocaust”, Intifada, and “Jihad.” The Haman spirit has had numerous names as well such as Pharaoh, Antiochus Epiphanies, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Antifa, Yehiya Sinwar, etc. While Anti-Semitism is at an all-time record high!

There are occasions and situations in life more important than dying! Mordechai is a profound example by his refusal to bow before Haman, even though that was the law of the land! There is a time to be bold, courageous, and take a stand based on the foundational truth of God’s word Unthinking compliance and obedience is never the answer!

There are many, many nuggets hidden in this story!! This is a profound, fascinating revelation that we must take to heart in the modern Messianic Jewish community and why I’m such a staunch 2nd Amendment supporter. Like the Hanukkah story Purim ends with a great Jewish military victory which occurs in chapter 9. The Jewish people are rejoicing because the king’s edict gave them the right to assemble, protect and defend themselves.

Esther 8:11. The letters said that the king had granted the Jews in every city the right “to assemble and defend their lives by destroying, killing and exterminating any forces of any people or province that would attack them, their little ones or their women or would try to seize their goods as plunder.”

The king’s edict did not annihilate the enemies of the Jewish people or invoke the Persian Army to intercede. The king’s edict granted our people the right to “to assemble and defend their lives by destroying, killing and exterminating any forces of any people or province that would attack them, their little ones or their women or would try to seize their goods as plunder.” This is a lost and foreign concept for a majority of our people! We must learn from history! This couldn’t be done without the ability to both assemble, to keep and bear arms as guaranteed in our Constitution by the 1st and 2nd Amendment in the “Bill of Rights”. We must never again fall into the trap of 1930’s Germany in not being able to protect and defend ourselves which led to the Holocaust! We must learn from the Oct 7th, 2023 Hamas invasion. The unarmed Kibbutzim were annihilated. Never again is now!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi Eric Carlson