Purim – Our New Decree of Life
The Book of Esther (Esther 1-10) details the history of how the Jewish people faced annihilation over 2000 years ago. Today, we read their story and the Feast of Purim offers a significant experience for all of us. As Christians, the Book of Esther gives us one of the most classic illustrations on the salvation through Jesus Christ.
Esther’s story demonstrates how an individual, a family, and a nation can be as good as dead one moment and saved the next. With a government sponsored decree of death written against the entire Jewish nation, Queen Esther risked her life to secure salvation for her people. In the end, what really saved the Jews was not a reversal of the old decree of death, but the creation of a new decree of life. It was then up to the Jews to enforce this new decree of life.
Through our salvation in Jesus Christ, we too have received a new decree of life (Colossians 1:13). It is now up to us, like it was for Esther, to enforce our new decree of life. Is Satan defeated? Yes. Is the decree of death against us gone? Not a bit. We must be active in our faith to enforce the new decree, “keep seeking the things above” (Colossians 3:1), and “present ourselves to God as those alive from the dead” (Romans 6:13). Lord, help us to now live! Help us to understand that the Christian Life is about enforcing your new decree of life daily!
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