Ruth & Esther Bible Study-Esther Chapter 1

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 Hello Divas!  Our walk through the book of Ruth was ah-mazing! I can’t wait to see the truths that we discover in the book of Esther. 

Chapter one opens in year 483 the third year of King Xerxes’ (Ahasuerus’)  reign when he was 35 years old.   Within the first few sentences of the chapter, we read a description of a lavish and completely over the top 180-day party being thrown by the King.  Yes, you read that correctly, an 180 day party.  A party for Xerxes to make sure all the dignitaries knew he was “THE MAN”, the first “baller-shot-caller”. 

imageAfter the 180 day party, Mr. Baller threw a swanky seven-day banquet to make sure everyone could see the splendor of his majesty.    What in the world do you wear to a 187-day party? 

Ok, I digressed.  By the King’s command, everyone was to drink as much wine as they wanted to. I can hear Pitbull in the background…”party all night and drink all day”. 

As the days of feasting drew to a close, King Xerxes, completely drunk, decided that he wanted all his male guests to know that he was truly “all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips” by showing off his wife’s beauty. 

“On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him…to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at.” (Esther 1:10)

We are not told exactly how she is told to appear, only that she was to wear her royal crown. Since Mr. Shot-Caller was probably obnoxiously drunk surrounded by more drunk men, early Jewish interpreters suggest that Vashti was commanded to show herself in the nude – wearing only her crown. Really?  I am thinking NO! Although many sources scold Vashti for her disobedience, what the King was asking her to do was crazy even against today’s “anything goes” culture.  

So let the drama begin!  Nobody was obviously supposed to tell the King no, especially in front of his boyz! (LOL!)  One of his “advisors” Memucan…(love how Beth Moore likens his name to Metamucil) extrapolated Vashti’s refusal to an upheaval of wives and women everywhere! Seriously? 

Crazy I know— but read what he said:

“Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces, for the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands…there will be no end of disrespect and discord.” (Esther 1:16) . 

Metamucil,cough… I mean Memucan suggested Vashti be banished.  The king sent Vashti away and he issued a decree to everyone in their own language: “Every man is master of his own house; whatever he says, goes.”

Great…..

Oh girls, this is going to be good! Our homework is to read Esther Chapters 1 and 2 and answer the questions in the study guide.  The study guide materials can be found here.

1.  Can you remember a “Vashti” (a woman/girl who was so pretty she made you feel insecure) in your lifetime?

2.  Have you ever had a Memucan in your ear?

 

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