A Modern Purim Story

This week we celebrate the biblical holiday Purim. In the days of the Persian empire (modern-day Iran), Queen Esther (Hadassah, her given name in Hebrew) risked her life by breaking protocol in order to appear before King Xerxes to plead on behalf of her people for the right to self-defense from their enemies who sought to destroy them.

In the same way, we are seeing a modern-day Purim story unfold before our very eyes.

Today, Tuesday, 3 March 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before the American Congress and make a plea on behalf of the Israeli people. President Barack Obama has said that IF Iran agrees to a “double-digit years” agreement and can prove that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, Obama will sign a deal with Iran. However, a UN spokesman said that Iran is currently not cooperating and therefore, the UN cannot independently verify the Iranian program is in fact for peaceful purposes. Essentially, while Obama is hopeful Iran will agree to cooperate, the UN is saying Iran is not currently cooperating so how can we expect them to cooperate in the future?

Netanyahu is a Hadassah on behalf of his people. His visit has been called a “breach of protocol” by the White House because the White House did not grant Netanyahu permission to speak before House Speaker John Boehner confirmed the invitation. As a means to snub the Prime Minister, President Obama has decided not to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu while he is in America and about 30 Democrat congressmen have also decided to not attend his address to Congress.

And yet, Netanyahu prepares himself by seeking the face of YHVH at the Western Wall, the place where His Holy Temple once stood, and asking for YHVH’s favor as he defiantly appears before Congress.

The Prime Minister will be asking for the American government to reject any deal with Iran that would later limit the ability of an American response against a nuclear Iran and also to support Israel should she choose to preemptively strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Israel understands that if Iran is not stopped from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the lives of countless, innocent Israeli civilians will be in danger. But even more than that, Israel understands that a nuclear Iran is a threat not only to Israel, but the entire global community.

In yet another snub to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the American media has decided not to air the Prime Minister’s speech on the non-cable networks and has been scheduled for 10:45 EST…a time when most Americans are busy at work and unable to view his speech.

We are living in crucial days. Decisions with global ramifications are being made before our eyes…are we awake to perceive them? We are watching the Bible come to life right before our very eyes. We are privileged to be chosen to be alive for such a time as this. We as believers and those grafted into Israel have a responsibility to stand with Israel and pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu ahead of his speech. As a personal decision, I have decided to fast tonight and tomorrow morning, just as Esther’s people fasted for her, in order to beseech YHVH on behalf of His chosen Hadassah, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he goes before the king in order to protect and preserve the people of YHVH.

And the king allowed the Jews who were in every city to gather and defend their lives, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate any armed force of any people or province that might attack them, children and women included, and to plunder their goods, on one day throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. A copy of what was written was to be issued as a decree in every province, being publicly displayed to all peoples, and the Jews were to be ready on that day to take vengeance on their enemies.

Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor. And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them. – Esther 8:11-13, 15-17

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