Never Forget

The final verses of Esther show Mordecai and Esther establishing a permanent feast. All subsequent generations of Jews are commanded to remember the 13th and 14th days of Adar as the Feast of Purim. Why celebrate days filled with so much death and destruction? Because, as Katie pointed out last week, those days represent the …

A Great Reversal

By Gail Peo In Chapter 7 of Esther, the wicked, deceptive Haman was exposed as the orchestrator of the edict to destroy, kill, and annihilate the Jews, the people of Queen Esther. We felt great relief when Haman was hung on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Even the king’s anger was abated. But …

Justice. Is. Served.

Some commentators have criticized Esther for her silence when the king accused Haman of molesting her. She knew the truth. He was groveling, not attacking. Was she wrong to keep silent? Technically, Haman was executed for treason, a crime he did not commit. He did not knowingly try to kill the king’s wife, nor did …

Craving Respect

By Ashley Synowicki As chapter 3 of Esther begins, we are met with a shift of events. Readers expect to see how Mordecai is honored for his loyalty in exposing the plot against king at the end of Chapter 2. Surprisingly, we learned that Chapter 3 is five years in the future. Instead of Mordecai, …

God’s Hidden Hand

by Gail Peo Queen Vashti, queen to King Ahasuerus, in the kingdom of Persia, was dismissed fromthis position because she refused to come to the king when he called her. Later, theking’s anger abated, and he began to remember Queen Vashti. In response, the youngmen in the king’s presence suggested that he make some changes. …