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Purim Principles

The Book of Esther is the only book of the Bible that does not mention God. Yet we see His fingerprints" throughout the entire story. The various details of the Purim drama illustrate how God works, and these principles are encapsulated elsewhere in the Scriptures.

In keeping with the playful nature of this holiday, instead of a chart, we have a little game for you. Draw lines to match up pieces of the Purim story (column 1) with the appropriate principles (column 2) and then to Scripture passages (column 3) that state those principles.

If you have children or grandchildren, perhaps you would invite them to play this little match game, and conclude by asking them to pick one of the principles and explain how it matches with an experience in their own lives.

Purim Pieces Purim Principles Scriptures
God used a beauty pageant to raise up a young girl who would ultimately intervene to save His people. When we trust God enough to give up our lives to Him we gain a life worth living. "The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh. The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward." (Proverbs 11:17,18)
Mordecai revealed a plot against the king simply because it was the right thing to do. His good deed eventually brought him honor. Haman, who desired honor and plotted against Mordecai, was humiliated when the king used him to reward Mordecai. God weaves together seemingly unrelated incidents to secure the well-being of His people. "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty…" (1 Corinthians 1:27)
Haman's pride ultimately led to his own death and humble Mordecai was raised to prominence. God often uses events or people that we may not see as important or dignified enough to accomplish His purposes. "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." (Matthew 16:25)
Haman actually died on the gallows he had built to execute Mordecai. Evil intentions have a way of backfiring. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
Esther risked her own life by appearing before the king without a summons, but it was the only way she could attempt to save the lives of others. God does not look favorably upon pride and self-importance, but is gracious to those who do not have an inflated view of themselves. "And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, 'Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.' But He answered and said to them, 'I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.'" (Luke 19:39,40)
Mordecai told Esther that if she would not take the risk, God would still save His people. Doing the right thing for its own sake is a reward in itself, but ultimately God rewards those who do good, while punishing those who do evil. "You will save the humble people; But Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down." (2 Samuel 22:28)
Throughout the book of Esther we see that God used all kinds of circumstances—from Queen Vashti's refusal to honor the king's wishes, to Esther winning a beauty contest, to Haman's plan to execute Mordecai—to protect His people from their enemies. God gives us opportunities to be blessed by participating in His purposes, but He does not need us. "As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death." (Proverbs 11:19)

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