On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.…
I. TAKE A VIEW OF THE REASONS HERE ASSIGNED FOR THE ESTABLISHING THE OBSERVATION OF THE DAYS MENTIONED IN THE TEXT.
1. They were delivered from the entire extirpation of themselves and their religion out of the dominions of the Persian king.
2. The destruction with which they were threatened was in all human appearance inevitable.
3. The Jews might plainly discern a special hand of God in the deliverance which was granted them.
4. As this was a signal instance of God's special favour towards them, so it was but one instance among many others which they continually had from one generation to another.
II. CONSIDER THE MANNER IN WHICH THE JEWS ARE HERE COMMANDED TO OBSERVE THEIR FESTIVAL. It includes three parts.
1. The natural. Feasting, rejoicing, etc.
2. The religious. Thanksgiving and praise.
3. The charitable. Sending portions one to another.If our gratitude to God on memorial days be sincere, we shall go on to express our sense of great deliverances.
1. By living as becomes those who have received such great favours from the hands of God.
2. We shall be zealous to maintain and secure the inestimable blessings hitherto continued to us.
Parallel VersesKJV: On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.