Thursday, March 5, 2009

Importance of Following the Jewish Calendar

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The more I follow Christ the more I see the need to pay attention to the Jewish calendar, the feasts, the tabernacle, and their correlations with the new testament and the coming of Christ. It is only through understanding the whole Word that I can truly prepare and keep my lamp filled with oil!
Today is the month of Adar of the year 5769. we are coming up on an important time of old testament history- the Fast of Esther~The Fast of Esther, which commemorates the three days that Esther fasted before approaching King Ahasuerus on behalf of the people. The fast is connected with Purim.
"In the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on its thirteenth day ... on the day that the enemies of the Jews were expected to prevail over them, it was turned about: the Jews prevailed over their adversaries. - Esther 9:1
And they gained relief on the fourteenth, making it a day of feasting and gladness. - Esther 9:17
[Mordecai instructed them] to observe them as days of feasting and gladness, and sending delicacies to one another, and gifts to the poor. - Esther 9:22
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.
Christians today can use this teaching to challenge us to live for Christ! One source put it this way:
"This weekend begins the feast of Purim, which celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from one of many of Satan’s attempts to purge them from the world. Mordechai gave Esther a great challenge then, “and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
This is a challenge for all of us! As each generation is raised up, God appoints men and women to rise up to the challenge of that age. We are alive in this day and in this hour (an amazing day and hour, at that) and God is saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” He is awaiting those who will come forward and say “Hineni” here am I, in Hebrew! And if we fall short of this challenge, “deliverance may arise from another place!”
Let’s not let that happen — God wants to use us! Let’s rise to the occasion! God has great things ahead!
If you are like me it is sometimes difficult to discern the will of God for my life in knowing what and where he might want me to let my light shine the brightest. This is a perfect time to begin a fast, like Esther, seeking God's face and gaining the insight and wisdom to know and be emboldened to be God's servant!

1 comment:

  1. Do you have a good background book on this that you could recommend, I would like to learn more.

    Have a Thankful Thursday
    from Roberta Anne

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