This pattern for deliverance from our sin and fear is first found in the season of Purim which comes from the Book of Esther. It was just celebrated (March 8th-9th 2020). To understand this pattern, let’s look at Mordecai’s response after hearing the Jewish race was going to be annihilated by a vicious and vindictive Haman (Esther 3:13). We see his response, humbly tearing his clothes and putting on sackcloth with ashes influencing an entire nation of Jews who responded in kind (Ester 4:1-3). We need to see the need for Repentance, in our lives if we want a victory over our enemy. It’s Repentance that gains Gods favor in our lives as He hears the cries of our heart. It’s with Gods favor that we gain the legal authority to win our battle over the enemy.
We see this pattern for deliverance repeated during this coming Passover season. On the Jewish calendar, its April 8th-16th 2020, these two events (Purim and Passover) are to be remembered and celebrated by Gods people as we come into an agreement with the deliverance God provided. Passover remembers Gods deliverance from slavery and death. The blood of the sacrificial lamb was sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of each house (Ex. 12:7, 23) saving them from death and slavery when the Lord passed over in judgement. Sacrificial blood has to have the spirit of Repentance on it for it to have it’s authority and power to set us free. Psa. 51:17, shows us, “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart , O God you will not despise.” God is still looking for a David’s heart, one that had to learn how the repent for his time with Bathsheba. Each time during this season when we Repent, we bring a sacrifice to Gods Altar. You are a living sacrifice that needs to understand how Repentance opens a Doorway into Gods authority and power. This Doorway always leads to a battle that we can win (2 Cor. 10:4-5).
We saw this in the Book of Esther when the Jewish people were given freedom from Haman’s curse but they needed to fight for it (Esther 9:1, 5). They needed the Kings edict and decree that released them to fight and win in the battle. Just like King Jesus gives you and I authority over evil to fight and win (Luke 10:19). This Passover season we have two battle fronts we’ll have to fight. The Book of Esther tells us to take your stand and fight the enemy that wants to keep you in bondage but Exodus 12:12 (Passover), tells you to duck and cover, run inside and wait for the Lord who will do your fighting for you and make a way through your Red Sea.
We are presently observing the season of Lent, which literally means (spring season), 40 days, Feb. 26th-April 11th which includes Purim and Passover. Isn’t this interesting, this is the same period of time the coronavirus has trapped us in houses and canceled much of our lives. Our response should be two-fold during Lent, first as we Repent remember Gods favor falls on us and His authority and power is to be used against this pandemic. So its time to respond with force and believe in faith for your victory. Second, duck and cover as we enter His presence in Psa. 27:5, “He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.”
Question: Are you seeking Gods presence and protection during this pandemic time? Is faith or fear ruling your life?
Key Thought: As we remember and agree with what God did during Purim and Passover we position ourselves for Him to do it again during this season of Lent.