Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.
The Jewish community does this the day after Tisha B’Av every year—they move on. They do not stay focused on tragedies. They spend Tisha B’Av recognizing the horrific events of the past, reflecting on the significance, and then wake-up the next morning to a new day.
Come and see the works of God…We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion.” PSALM 20:1-2
“Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” PSALM 124:6-7
In a reincarnation of the spirit of Amalek, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime instigated the most aggressive program to annihilate the Jewish people in the history of mankind.
Despite mortal danger, she chose to fulfill her destiny to advocate on behalf of the Jewish people. Esther’s decision to risk death to prevent the annihilation of the Jewish population of Persia stands as a heroic model for all people of faith.
Even though it would be instructive, those intent on harming the Jewish fail to take into account a consequential principle demonstrated in the Old Testament book of Esther.
While God set the stage for a dramatic intervention, the players who had been strategically positioned to meet a clear and present danger still had a choice as to whether they would fulfill their destiny.
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” Lamentations 3:21-24
Walk about Zion; go around her; number her towers; consider well her ramparts; go through her citadels; that you may tell the next generation that this is God—our God forever and ever.
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent . . .
As pilgrims passed through the beauty of the Judean highlands, the hills were a visible reminder that the Guardian of Israel was none other than the Creator of heaven and earth.
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.