This particular chapter in the Bible is very graphic and violent. It lists thousands of people who were killed at the hands of the Jews. It may turn off a few people and they will end up asking, “Why would God’s people massacre that many people?” A simple answer to that question would be: The Jews were defending themselves from the people who were attacking them. The Jews were the children of God and they had faith in Him, so God aided them in battle and they won. However tragic and graphic it may seem for the Jews’ enemies, this was a very happy occasion. As the Bible says in verses 18-19, “But the Jews who were in Susa gathered on the thirteenth day and on the fourteenth, and rested on the fifteenth day, making that a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages, who live in the rural towns, hold the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a day for gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and as a day on which they send gifts of food to one another.”
Here’s how this can apply to us. We go through our personal battles everyday. We have to get a certain assignment done; we may have been caught up in some drama between two family members; maybe we’re late for work; or maybe our house is a complete mess because it hasn’t been cleaned in a whole week! There are many examples of battles that we always go through every day. Here’s the beauty of it. If we stand our ground, trust in God, and don’t give up, then we will surely win the battle that we are going through.
Always remember: every time you win a battle, celebrate! Make it a happy occasion! If you and your spouse got in an argument and decided to make up, that counts as a victory! Celebrate by going out to eat dinner! If your week is finally over and you receive your paycheck, celebrate! Buy yourself a little treat! If your family members have resolved bad blood between each other, celebrate!
The whole point of this chapter is to let us know that through God we can always have victory, so long as we trust in Him. Sing the victory song and feast whenever something wonderful happens in your life.
Have a great week everybody, and God bless!
- Ramon Gonzalez 🙂