Days of rejoicing called Feast of Purim - Esther 9:16-27
Feast day to be perpetual celebration - Esther 9:28-32
Mordecai made the prime minister - Esther 10:1-3
Other events of this time
- Birth of Socrates - 470 B.C.
- Birth of Abiud (11th Gen) - 467 B.C.
- Reign of Artaxerxes I, King of Persia - 464-424.B.C.
Ezra prepares to return to Jerusalem - 459 or 458 B.C.
Commissioned to go by Artaxerxes - Ezra 7:11-26
Ezra's thanksgiving - Ezra 7:27-28
Ezra's companions (about 2000) - Ezra 8:1-14
Preparation for journey - 458 B.C.
Company gathers at River Ahava - Ezra 7:9; Ezra 8:15 - (4 months of travel - whoosh - what a journey that must have been!)
Search for Levites - Ezra 8:16-20
Prayer and fasting - Ezra 8:21-23
Temple treasures entrusted to priests - Ezra 8:24-30; 8:31
Est 9:19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.
sending portions - From H4487; properly something weighed out, that is, (generally) a division; specifically (of food) a ration; also a lot. H4487 - A primitive root; properly to weigh out; by implication to allot or constitute officially; also to enumerate or enroll.
Est 9:22 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.
gifts - H4979 - Feminine of H4976; a present; specifically (in a good sense) a sacrificial offering, (in a bad sense) a bribe. H4976 - From H5414; a present.
poor - H34 - From H14, in the sense of want (especially in feeling); destitute. H14 - A primitive root; to breathe after, that is (figuratively) to be acquiescent.
Israel was not yet considered back in the land or a nation again, the leaders in Persia? decided to make a national day of thanksgiving - notice this was not a Holy Day or Feast Day as dictated by the Lord.