Thursday, February 25, 2010


I'm reading the story of Esther for Disciple. I've just started it, and already a few interesting plot elements struck me.

Queen Vashti refuses to come when King Ahasuerus calls her into his presence. So what does the king do?

First, he has to consult with his advisors. What does the law say?

Secondly, he is advised, after much conversation, to issue an law that the Queen is never to come into his presence again. Does it strike anyone as odd that he forbids her from doing what she refused to do? Hmmm.

And I really laughed at the last verse in chapter 1:

...he sent letters to all the royal provinces, to every province in its own script and to every people in its own language, declaring that every man should be master in his own house."

Just strikes me as funny. And ridiculous.

The whole first chapter is ridiculous. He has to consult advisors to determine how to deal with his wife? And everyone is so afraid that Vashti's act of defiance will encourage other women to defy their husbands. So worried that they forbid her from doing what she has refused to do, and then declare that men shall be master in their own houses.


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