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Category: Appointed Times

For Such a Time as This

When I think of Purim, I think of the wonder and awe of God's sovereign plans for us. The theme of "For such a Time as This" perfectly pictures God's hand in the life of Esther, an orphan, reared by her uncle and then miraculously placed in the palace courts of the king.

Esther is, by far, the most celebrated 'character' in this saga because she played the supernatural role in freeing her people by the hand of the king by being in the exact place and time in which God put her by His own design. Her participation required humble obedience to the ways of the Most High King of the universe–ways that are very often unfathomable to mankind. But more than her meritorious response to God's call on her life is the fact that Adonai had a plan for her, even from the time that she was a small child. He designed the scope of her life to flow within His intricate format. In reality, our hearts are destined to celebrate no other being than the King of the Universe during Purim&ndash...
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Category: Identity Celebrations

A Purim Allegory

The Megillat Esther 1 is read every year during the festival of Purim and shares the same unique quality as the rest of God's Word; it has many degrees of depth and meaning within its pages. For instance, the book...
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Category: Identity Celebrations

The Purim Festivities

Although Purim is not a 'festival' like the other Festivals of the Lord, it is a significant time of observance. Notice that the text includes anyone who would want to join the Jews in observing this prescribed time. However, because it is not a Mo’ed, an appointed time between the Lord and His people, we have an abundance of liberty in observing these days.
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Category: The Land and the People

Planted on the Mountains of Israel

Unless you have visited Israel, you may not be aware of the nation’s vastly diverse landscape. Israel is a land of beauty, full of mountains, hills, valleys, deserts, canyons, rocks, trees, plants, and foliage of all kinds. Many of the...
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Category: Identity Celebrations

Light in the Darkness

Tags:  darkness, dedication, hanukkah, light, Maccabees, rededication, restoration, revolution

The eight-day festival of Hanukkah begins each year on the 25th day of the lunar month of Kislev, which corresponds this year (2014) to the evening of December 16th. Hanukkah (חנוכה) means "dedication." The Feast of Hanukkah is the Feast of Dedication. It is a thoroughly Jewish festival, which commemorates an important Jewish victory over tyranny.
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