Can you guess what the picture at left has to do with Esther?
If you're like me you answered, "Uh, no."
Apparently Hassidic Jews celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim in this way. This picture was taken straight from one such party.
For those of you who do not know what the Purim Holiday represents, I will tell you. It is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia. Yep, you know me; I have a definition of genocide for you - the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.
The book of Esther tells us that King Ahasuerus' Grand Vizier, Haman, plots to completely wipe out the entire Jewish population in Persia.
Esther approaches King Ahasuerus and requests of him to save her people from a self-centered mad man.
As the story goes, the King is enraged to learn that the man Esther speaks of is his, so called, right-hand-man, Haman. He then orders that Haman be hanged from the gallows prepared for Esther's uncle, Mordecai.
This being ironic, because Haman had been the one to order that the gallows be constructed after Mordecai had refused to bow down to him. (Esther 1 - 9)
How often has God saved us from total destruction? Well, personally speaking, "many a time!"
I can't deny that I am known to kick up my heels to the beat of a praise song, but only while alone in my family room.
In such tumultuous times wouldn't a big ol' party in celebration of all the wonderful things God has done for us, not to mention all the figurative train wrecks he has prevented, be very appropriate?
I, for one, would be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Um... although, I think I would forgo the table dance.