- The Miracle of Purim
- Why Mordecai is cheered
- Why gifts are given
The Miracle of Purim:
The miracle of Purim brought Israel to a renewed acceptance of the Torah, a word derived from the root word yarah, meaning “to shoot straight.” Therefore, in Hebrew, sin is defined as missing the mark. The result of wiping out Amalek (the evil one, the adversary) always leads to the opposite of sin (missing the mark). The overthrow of evil occurs when Adonai’s people (Israel) “accurately” hear, understand and obey His Torah (His guidance and instruction). When Israel as a nation and a people accurately hears, understands and obeys the living Torah of the Holy Spirit then the heavenly Father will send back the Messiah to Israel to establish His rule upon the earth.
Why Mordecai is cheered:
There are two ways in which holiness is revealed in the world: either through the victory of the righteous or through the downfall of the wicked. When Israel acts justly, the righteous are exalted and the LORD our God’s praise rises from us. When Israel or any of the Holy One’s chosen people lacks merit, deliverance comes through the downfall of those who are more wicked than we are. The downfall of the wicked alone, however, does not bring joy into the world:
Rejoicing only comes from “blessed is Mordecai” (the Humble Man).
This is so because Mordecai symbolizes the “free reign of the Holy Spirit” upon the earth; that is brought about by the sacrifice of the Humble Man (cf. Messiah in HaBikkurim, Chapter 9). Therefore, it is a much greater occasion to joyously celebrate “blessed is Mordecai” (the beginning of the messianic kingdom, the reign of Humilty) than it is to declare “cursed is Haman” (the Proud Man); which to a great extent is a subtle prophecy regarding a permanent end to the reign of Amalek (haSatan, the reign of Pride), the accuser of the brethren; that we believe will be fulfilled a second and final time in the near future.
Why gifts are given:
The commandments (mitzvot), of Misloah Manot and Matianot Le-evyonim—the giving of gifts to one another and the giving of gifts to the poor—commemorate the familial love and unity that Mordecai and Esther inspire among all the people of Israel. Prophetically, the giving of gifts speaks of the Holy Spirit giving gifts to men for the building up of the children of Adonai (our Father and our God) until we attain, as a family, to the full measure and stature of the Messiah. These Divinely sourced spiritual gifts are given to us so that we might become fit for service and relational excellence in the kingdom of Adonai (the LORD). This Spirit of generosity leads to perfect “unity” (echad, in the bond of shalom). In contrast, Amalek’s (the evil one’s) strength rests on the brethren becoming divided and weak through our being motivated to pursue our own selfish interests; instead of our pursuing the interests of each other; therefore, putting what is in the interest of everyone (the entire body of Israel) before one’s own individual ‘self.’ How do we pursue and fulfill the interests of all? By each of us doing the the will of Abba Avinu. For our being obedient to the will of Avinu Shebashamayim, our Heavenly Father, is what is best for all!