Youtube Esther Chapter 1 Study

http://www.youtube.com/c/CristinaAtkinsSheisp31

^^^^Click on this link to see Video^^^^

ESTHER CHAPTER ONE  REVIEW SHEET

WE ARE GIVEN A BACKGROUND OF THE TIME.

THE KING REIGNING IS XERXES WHO RULED FROM 486-465 BC THE PERSIAN EMPIRE WAS POWERFUL AND HAD A HUGE KINGDOM.

VERSE 5 OF CHAPTER ONE (3 YEARS INTO HIS REIGN) WE SEE THE KING HAVING A PARTY FOR A WEEK, HERE HE DISPLAYED HIS GREATNESS AND WEALTH. 

IT SAYS ALL THE PEOPLE FROM THE GREATEST TO THE LEAST WERE PRESENT.

IMAGINE GOLD AND SILVER COUCHES, MOSAIC PAVEMENTS OF RED FELDSPAR (AND IF YOU’RE LIKE ME GOOGLE IT), MOTHER OF PEARL AND PRECIOUS STONES ALL AROUND.

DRINKS IN GOLD GOBLETS, ROYAL WINE FLOWING FREELY AND NO RESTRAINT WAS PLACED ON THE DRINKING.

CAN WE SAY-MESS!!!

VERSE 8 SAYS THE KING ORDERED EVERY WINE STEWARD IN HIS HOUSEHOLD TO SERVE AS MUCH AS EACH PERSON WANTED.

HOW IS THIS GOING TO END UP? BAD? WHY?

VERSE 9 QUEEN VASHTI IS INTRODUCED AND SHE WAS ALSO THROWING A PARTY FOR THE WOMEN IN THE PALACE.

SO AFTER A WEEK OF INDULGING IN WINE, KING XERXES DEMANDED HIS 7 EUNUCHS TO BRING QUEEN VASHTI BEFORE HIM AND HIS FRIENDS.

HE WANTED TO SHOW OFF HER BEAUTY -LETS JUST IMAGINE ALL THE HORRIBLE SCENARIOS?? 

VERSE 12 QUEEN VASHTI REFUSES.

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? HOW DO YOU THINK QUEEN VASHTI FELT? 

SHE STANDS UP TO THE KING AND SAYS NO

THE REST OF THE CHAPTER WE SEE A DECREE WRITTEN UP BECAUSE OF VASHTI’S NO.

SHE IS NO LONGER ALLOWED IN THE KINGS PRESENCE AND HE ROYAL POSITION IS TO BE GIVEN TO ANOTHER. 

VERSE 20, THE DECREE IS WRITTEN FOR ALL WOMEN TO HONOR THEIR HUSBANDS FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST. 

SO IN THE KINGS ANGER AND FRUSTRATION HE RETALIATES ALL WOMEN IN THE KINGDOM.

ROLLING MY EYES LOL!

CAN YOU SEE THE PERSONALITY OF KING XERXES? WHAT ABOUT HIS OFFICIALS? 

WHAT DOES HIS ACTIONS SAY ABOUT HIS OUTLOOK ON MARRIAGE?

Through all of this chapter we see God setting up a platform for something “new” to come along……perhaps a new queen? But who? 


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