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Today's reading: Esther 1:1-22

I received a request for us to blog through the Book of Esther. So for the next couple of weeks that's where we'll be focusing. Esther records the fascinating, real-life account of a young Jewish girl whose actions literally save the Jewish people from annihilation. It's a good Book with much to show us, not only through Esther, but also through the examples of some of the other individuals who were key players in this storyline.

While the first chapter of Esther gives us quite a bit of information, none of it is about Esther. We don't actually get to meet her until chapter 2. Chapter 1 is mostly about King Ahasuerus (or Xerxes, depending on what version of the Bible you're reading), Queen Vashti, and the reigning officials of the Persian Empire where this account takes place. Chapter 1 is important because it sets the background and gives us context for the rest of this amazing story.

Day 1 assignment: Read Esther 1:1-22 looking for details--where the account takes place, the political situation, who is in control, identifying key people, determining what is taking place at this specific time, etc. Make a list or highlight things in your Bible as needed. As you read, pay close attention to King Ahasuerus and what this chapter shows us about him. Then tomorrow, we'll jump into looking for specific lessons from Esther. Have some fun reading. Let your imagination lead as you learn about the king's grand party. Tami

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Tami, I read several studies on Esther 1.

King Ahasuerus inherited a vast kingdom from his father Darius and was gaining more power and was planning on to take Greece as well.
He was proud of power,wealth and his wife,he had hot-temper and had lavish feast.and many concubines.
Vashti was the only wife of Ahasuerus. She was beautiful and seemed to obey her husband and entertain the women with lavish food for the feast her husband had planned

There are 7 princes/nobles and 7 eunuchs.

The setting is a lavish feast.
King Ahasuerus is quite drunk and is reasoning is quite bad. He is asking his wife who is very proud of to show off her beauty among the men present at the party/feast who no doubt having had too much to drink too. At first, I thought Vashti was being disobedient to her husband,but she made a moral choice which was against her husband's wishes. It is very possible the King would not have ask her to do such if he were sober and could be reasoned with at that time. Instead he becomes enraged and unreasonable and later will regret what he did to his wife !

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