As a result of the Nuremberg trials, ten of Hitler’s henchmen were hanged. Before the hanging, one of them remembered the hanging of Haman’s ten sons that took place on the first Purim some 2500 years earlier. Just as Hitler had tried to eliminate all of the Jews through his “Final Solution,” the evil Haman had plotted to kill all of the Jews in Persia.
The First Purim
Purim is a celebration of the Hebrews’ deliverance from Haman of Persia. Purim occurs during the middle of the month of Adar. This year, on the Gregorian calendar, Purim fell on March 4.
The events surrounding Purim are recorded in the Book of Esther. The Persian official Haman–through a slight of hand–arranged to have the Jewish people.exterminated. His plan also called for hanging his rival Mordecai (Queen Esther’s uncle), on the gallows. When Ester informed her husband, King Xerxes of Persia, that she was Jewish and exposed Haman’s deception, the king was enraged with Haman. The Persian king, Esther, and Mordecai found a way to prevent the holocaust; and, in a twist of irony, Xerxes ordered that Haman be hanged on the same gallows that Haman had built for Mordecai.
Meanwhile, fighting ensued among Persians and Jews. The Hebrews prevailed and Haman’s ten sons were killed. Their bodies were hanged on the gallows. That is what prompted one of Hitler’s henchmen to remember Purim.
In recent times, some have threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Is it coincidental that Benjamin Netanyahu gave his speech on the eve of Purim? Was the timing arranged by God or man?
NOTE: Haman was not a Persian. He was “the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews” (Esther 9: 24a, NASB). In other words, Haman was a descendant of Agag. There are two mentions of Agag, an Amalekite king, in the Bible. (Agag was either a name or a title). The first reference appears in Balaam’s prophecy concerning Israel and the nations (Numbers 24: 1-9).
The second reference to “Agag the king of the Amalekites” appears in I Samuel 15: 8-9, 20, and 32-33. Saul killed the Amalekites but spared Agag against God’s directive. Samuel confronted Saul about his disobedience and killed Agag.