Esther (1)

Some comments by Marc (around May of 2007) on the book of Esther:

Esther is a historical narrative that shows God’s providential preservation of the Jews. I totally agree that Purim is an ungodly celebration. First of all, it was never commanded of God; thus, according to the Regulative Principle, it was not to be celebrated. Secondly, Purim is a celebration of lust and drunkenness. Many times in Purim celebrations, there is a reenactment of the beauty pageant that Esther was involved in, as if that were a godly thing. There is no mention that Esther was a believer; in fact, she married a heathen, which was strictly forbidden. She paraded herself in front of the people and princes and king, while the pagan queen Vashti actually showed that she was more moral than Esther because she refused to parade herself! I’m actually planning to write an article about Esther’s wickedness. Most religion that comes in the name of Christianity puts forth Esther as some sort of godly woman that girls and women should emulate! May it never be! Yet the book of Esther shows God’s providential work in using even the wickedness of Esther for the good of His people. And, contrary to what Bob Higby [some hyper-calvinist heretic–CD] said, there is no command to God’s people to celebrate Purim in the book of Esther. It just historically says how the decree of the feast of Purim came about. If one uses the reasoning that the book of Esther is not inspired because it records historical wickedness, then one would have to say that ALL of the other historical books are not inspired, because they ALL record historical wickedness. Are the words, “And they heard him until this word, and lifted up their voice, saying, Take such a one from the earth, for it is not fitting that he should live!” (Act 22:22) inspired? Of course they are. Because these words are inspired, does that condone or endorse the words of these people? Of course not.