SUMMARY: Purim established
OVERVIEW: The feast of Purim is an annual event commemorating God’s deliverance of the Jews from persecution.
BIG IDEA: Celebrate what God has done and be merciful because God has shown mercy.
KEY VERSE: Esther 9:28 (Author’s report)
These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews—nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I want you to remember all that I’ve done. Never forget. Your faith has a rich heritage—so many stories of unswerving men and women who dared to trust me. Learn from them, acknowledge their faith, and celebrate my power and provision. I suppled abundantly in the past, and I will do the same in the future.
Fuel your faith today by remembering what happened in the past. It is good to remember. It is good to remind one another through song, dance, story, food, and laughter—even tears. Your future may be unknown to you, but you don’t have to enter it alone. Not only will I be with you, but I will lead you. Follow me on a journey that will create new memories and new stories for many to learn of my faithfulness and your obedience. Acknowledge each step of faith with a marker or symbol. Circle dates on the calendar, so they remain fresh in your mind that you have a faith that is alive and well.
Remember what God has done. Mark significant days in your spiritual life on a calendar and celebrate them. Help others do the same.