Erin Davis: My boys would love to celebrate Purim! Even though the story of Esther happened a long time ago, Jews still celebrate what God did in Esther’s life through the celebration of Purim, and they go into the synagogue and read the book of Esther aloud. 

Every time they read the name of Haman, they boo and hiss and make noise. That’s what my boys would love! After all that booing and hissing, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month on the Jewish calendar, Jews go back to the synagogue. 

They read the story of Esther again, but this time without the noise, without the boos, without the hisses because this time they’re not focusing on Haman; this time they’re focusing on the true center of the story: God! They go out from that place and celebrate; they give each other gifts, because it is a celebration that God intervened in the life of Esther to save His people!

As we wrap up this study, as we come to this final episode of the podcast, I don’t want us to focus on Haman, on Mordecai, or even on Esther. I hope that your focus has been targeted on the true center of the story: God! And as we’ve watched Him work in her life, He’s also at work in your life, even when you’re in circumstances you couldn’t control, even when you don’t yet know the end of the story, even when there are some people you would …