December 26, 2023
DAY 360 JOURNEY THROGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Esther 9:20-23
Today we conclude our journey through the book of Esther. Esther saves her people and Purim is established.
Take a moment and pray, asking for understanding of today’s reading. Read Esther 1-5. Let’s journey!
Esther 6-10: Haman wants to destroy Mordecai, but before he can make his request, the king remembers Mordecai saving his life and honors him, humiliating Haman. Queen Esther makes her request to the king and Haman is impaled on the very pole he intended to use to impale Mordecai. Although the king could not reverse his previous order, he made a new order, allowing the Jews to fight back. The Jews emerge victorious and in celebration and remembrance, Purim is established. Mordecai replaces Haman. (Esther 6:1-10:3)
Our focus verses for today:
20 Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, 21 to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar 22 as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
(Esther 9:20-23, NIV)
As we read today’s reading, many are also preparing for the celebration of Christmas, Christ’s birth. It is a fitting reading for such a time. Today, Jews continue the tradition of celebrating the deliverance of their ancestors from Haman by the Lord. Throughout the book of Esther, we can see the Lord working, preparing for this deliverance, just as the Lord sent His Son, Jesus Christ, so that we may all be saved. Celebrate the deliverance and salvation given by the Lord!
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