My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Esther 1

Queen Vashti gets taught her place

Summary:
King Xerxes of Persia wanted to show how awesome he was, so he had a massive 180 day show-off of the Empire's wealth, and then had a seven day banquet. Everyone got as much to drink as they wanted.

Meanwhile, Queen Vashti gave a banquet for the women. The King summoned her to his banquet after seven days, but she refused. The nobles thought that if people heard that the Queen had refused her husband, then all women would refuse their husbands. So they kicked her out, and sought a new queen, and they set out a law saying that men should rule their houses.

Key verse:
18. This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen's conduct will respond to all the king's nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord.

My thoughts:
I'm just happy that this is a gentile law and command, so I don't have to pretend that it's somehow justifiable whilst maintaining gender equality.

Esther's quite a cool story. It's famous for not mentioning God at all, but God's is obviously working in favour of Esther, Mordecai and the Jews in the story. It's like the new Switchfoot album. It's got a JPM of zero, but it's still about Jesus.

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