From Haman to Hamas: A Reflection on Purim


From Haman to Hamas – A Reflection on Purim [1]

“If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they [the Jews] be destroyed…”
(Haman – Esther 3:9 – written approximately 2500 years ago)

“The Day of Judgment will not come until Moslems fight Jews and kill them…”
(Hamas Charter – Article 7 – written approximately 25 years ago)

Have you ever wondered why, from Haman to Hamas, the Jewish people and the nation of Israel have been the target of annihilation? Is it any coincidence that a nation, only slightly larger than the State of New Jersey, has been disproportionately the subject of more U.N. resolutions than any other nation on the planet? Why do we daily see and hear reports regarding conflicts involving Israel and her neighbors?

When we start talking about Israel and the Middle East, it’s easy to digress into political opinions that have proven to produce great division, even among believers. However, from a biblical perspective, it’s imperative to remember that Israel holds a unique and exceptional place in the heart of the Lord: it’s the one nation on earth whom the Lord redeemed to make for Himself a name [2]; God consistently refers to them as “My people”[3]; and Zechariah refers to Israel as “the apple of God’s eye [4] – and these divine statements remain true, despite Israel’s historic disobedience.

With that kind of supernatural heavenly affirmation comes diabolical demonic opposition that always fights against the purposes of God. When Messiah is welcomed back by a Jewish Jerusalem [5] and sets up his Messianic Kingdom, then the devil’s rule is over and “the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.” [6]

No wonder there’s a demonic plot to wipe Israel off the map. But as strong as that demonic plot is, there’s a biblical plot being played out where a Church is emerging “for such a time as this” [7], to take their stand before the King and “give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

During this Purim season, let’s cry out for an Esther church to arise, risking their very necks for the sake of a people for whom Messiah came!

[1] Purim is commemorated on the 14th day of Adar (this year begins the evening of Feb 23, 2013), which is the day that Haman chose for the extermination of the Jews as told in the book of Esther.

[2] 1 Chron 17:21

[3] Ex 9:1; 2 Chron 6:5-6; Amos 9:14

[4]  Zech 2:8

[5] Matt 23:39

[6] Rev 11:15

[7] Esther 4:14

Posted on by Scott Volk in Israel and the Jewish People, The Church and its Mandate

About Scott Volk

Scott Volk is the founder of Hineni International Ministries and Together for Israel. Scott travels locally as well as internationally, ministering in both conference settings as well as in local churches and congregations. As a Jewish believer in the Messiah, his burden is for the Church to emerge into the expression of what God destined it to be in order to see the salvation of the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Scott and his wife Beth have five children and reside in Charlotte, NC.

4 Responses to From Haman to Hamas: A Reflection on Purim

  1. brotherWes

    Interesting that although after the death of Haman (Boo!!!) Mordecai wrote declarations, signed with the signet ring of the king that the Jews in every provence could defend themselves from their enemies, BUT the order that he had written originally to destroy the Jews was never lifted! Isn’t that curious given what we know of the history of the Jews from that time to this?

  2. Randy Peel

    Great article! I am forwarding it to many in my family to read.


  3. Barry R. Leventhal, Ph.D.

    As Israel moves dangerously toward her final Holocaust and her final Haman (Dan. 9; Zech. 12–14; etc.), the test will be whether the Church stands with her or against her. God’s unconditional, unilateral, and therefore eternal covenantal promises to Abraham and his descendants still stand today (Gen. 12:1-3; Rom. 9–11; etc.), especially God’s antisemitic stipulation: “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse the one who curses you” (Gen. 12:3). Which will it be: God’s “blessing” or God’s “curse”?
    Barry R. Leventhal, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Senior Professor
    Former Provost and Academic Dean
    Southern Evangelical Seminary

  4. Zipporah Bennett, Jerusalem, Israel

    Living here in the Land we experience the tremendous opposition of the diabolical, especially as we embark on a path of 24/7 worship to welcome back the presence of the King to Jerusalem. Do pray for us! More than just survive, the Lord spoke to us at the start of 2013 to proclaim the opening of new wells or watering holes here! Spring up a well, sing to it! Nu.21:17

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