Esther 9* The success of the Jews. (1-19) The feast of Purim inremembrance of this. (20-32)1-19 The enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them bythe former edict. If they had attempted nothing against thepeople of God, they would not themselves have suffered. TheJews, acting together, strengthened one another. Let us learn tostand fast in one spirit, and with one mind, striving togetheragainst the enemies of our souls, who endeavour to rob us of ourfaith, which is more precious than our lives. The Jews, to thehonour of their religion, showed contempt of wordly wealth, thatthey might make it appear they desired nothing except their ownpreservation. In every case the people of God should manifesthumanity and disinterestedness, frequently refusing advantageswhich might lawfully be obtained. The Jews celebrated theirfestival the day after they had finished their work. When wehave received great mercies from God, we ought to be speedy inmaking thankful returns to him. 20-32 The observance of the Jewish feasts, is a publicdeclaration of the truth of the Old Testament Scriptures. And asthe Old Testament Scriptures are true, the Messiah expected bythe Jews is come long ago; and none but Jesus of Nazareth can bethat Messiah. The festival was appointed by authority, yet underthe direction of the Spirit of God. It was called the feast ofPurim, from a Persian word, which signifies a lot. The name ofthis festival would remind them of the almighty power of the Godof Israel, who served his own purposes by the superstitions ofthe heathen. In reviewing our mercies, we should advert toformer fears and distresses. When our mercies are personal, weshould not by forgetfulness lose the comfort of them, orwithhold from the Lord the glory due to his name. May the Lordteach us to rejoice, with that holy joy which anticipates andprepares for the blessedness of heaven. Every instance of Divinegoodness to ourselves, is a new obligation laid on us to dogood, to those especially who most need our bounty. Above all,redemption by Christ binds us to be merciful, #2Co 8:9|
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