“Esther wasn’t even her real name. She was really called Hadassah (the Hebrew name for the myrtle plant) She was the opposite of showy and brash, just like her namesake, the lowly myrtle bush. She was humble and unassuming, modest and delicate. Esther means “star”, like the tiny star shaped flowers of the myrtle, and sounds just like the Hebrew word “hesstair”, which appropriately means “secret”, or “hidden”. There are wonderful lessons to be learned from this Biblical woman of mystery!
In the shadows...
The book of Esther is unusual in that it is the only book of the Bible that does not contain the name of G-d. In fact, it includes virtually no reference to G-d. Mordecai makes a vague reference to the fact that the Jews will be saved by someone else, if not by Esther, but that is the closest the book comes to mentioning G-d. Thus, one important message that can be gained from the story is that G-d often works in ways that are not always apparent. 1 Corinthians 10:11 explains that the stories of the first Testament were written down as examples or “types” for us to learn from. And there is much we can learn from this story in every way. Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, which is usually in March. The 13th of Adar is the day that Haman chose for the extermination of the Jews, and the day that the Jews battled their enemies for their lives. On the day afterwards, the 14th, they celebrated their survival. In cities that were walled in the time of Joshua, Purim is celebrated on the 15th of the month, because the book of Esther says that in Shushan (a walled city), deliverance from the massacre was not complete until the next day. The 15th is referred to as Shushan Purim. The King invites us to come God called Esther to stand up and intercede for the Jewish people, and thanks to her courage and wisdom, the people of Israel were saved. The line of Judah continued, and the Messiah arrived in Israel safe and well in the passage of time. As Mordecai warned Esther, if she did not take that stand, then God would surely just find another way to save his people that did not involve her. But what an invitation! What an incredible privilege Esther was given! And a similar invitation is before us today.
The Secret of Purim
The Jewish sages say – When all the other festivals are abolished (in messianic times), Purim will remain. Maybe this is because as we know “Jesus is the ultimate Deliverance”. Ultimately, for those who know Christ, Purim is a time to be thankful for God’s deliverance in our lives – Even when we can’t see it in a moment we know that God is faithful to His word and will never leave us or forsake us. References:  Midrash Mishlei 9:2 http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm http://oneforisrael.org/blog/436-the-secrets-of-esther-the-intercessor for more reading on this go to —> Hebrew for Christians