The Purim story is such a powerful story for all of us here. We are living in a time where it is harder and harder to connect with the teachings of the Bible. People have busy lives. Between work, family, chores time gets eaten up and people are left with very little “spare” time. It is very easy to get swallowed up by this and forget about the greater perpose of live and why we are here. The Purim story is the lesson we need now.
Why is it hard to connect?
Religion is hard to connect to. The media is the main thing that informs us as to what is going on in the world. It is always because of the politicians that things are happening. We do not see God brought into the picture.
The Purim story is such an incredibly powerful story that has so many lessons that are applicable today. The main one, in my opinion, is the recognition of the hidden Hand of God. If an open miracle occurred in front of your face it would be very difficult to deny the existance of God. However, these hidden miracles make belief in God more challenging. As a result of this it is easy to forget about God and take Him out of the equation.
Seeing the Hand of God in the 21st Century
We are living in times of miracles. The mere existance of the State of Israel is a miracle. The odds are constantly stacked against us and yet we continue to fight and believe. We continue to yearn from the complete redemption.
Taking a look at the past 100 years, it does not make any sense that today the Jewish People and the State of Israel are growing stronger and stronger. The rise of anti-semitism in the early 1900’s, leading to the rise of the Hitler and the Nazi’s and the holocaust. The war of independence in 1948. The 6 day war in 1967. The Yom Kippur war in 1973. These are the more “obvious” miracles that the Jewish people have witnessed.
And yet, it easy to take this all for granted. It is easy to say we had stronger armies. It was because we had good allies who helped us. Maybe it was due to luck. It’s possible to go in but possibly we just need to open our eyes that little bit wider.
Looking back at the Purim the story we could say that the Jews came out victorious because Esther was so beautiful she was chosen to the be the queen. Or, it was coincedence that the King couldn’t sleep that night and happened to “owe” Mordechai a favour.
We need to learn to recognise the hand of God in our lives and in the world.