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Esther

January 10, 2008

I was reading Esther with the kid’s last night and several things came to mind. First, my children have been profoundly impacted by VeggieTales. When they relate each character in the story to a form of produce it is obvious.

Secondly, it was interesting to watch our two girls respond to Queen Vashti’s demotion as opposed to my sons. My daughters thought she got a bad deal. I mean all he wanted to do was parade her before a bunch of men dad. Our son on the other hand seemed much more inclined to agree with King Xerxes on the issue. I mean he did insult him before the leaders of the country. Now he didn’t say much, I think he has already learned to play it safe.

I found it to be an interesting discussion. The girl’s were on Vashti’s side and yet what would have happened to the Jews if King Xerxes had not made his choice? In the end the situation allowed Esther to become queen which in turn gave the Jews protection. Without Esther how would the story have ended?

I think we still struggle with this today. God works big picture redeeming souls and so at times we may not like what He does. I realize that we are taking 21st century expectations about men and women into the story but let’s face it, how many want to return to wife as slave? I certainly don’t think Jesus did.

What struck me is how our picture is incomplete. My daughters thought Vashti should have stayed as the queen. They felt that was just. Think of how the story would have ended.

It was just a reminder that we are not big picture people and at times what may seem unjust may actually be the most just action of them all.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Sexton permalink
    January 11, 2008 4:05 pm

    A major piece of the puzzle is our culture as it influences how we think about God and His word.

    We live in a cultural democracy… where things are supposed to be fair. Good luck with that, by the way, as fair seems to be a concept more than a reality in my world.

    The service to God is one of bond service… where we willingly choose to let Him have the lead, putting our own sense of fairness and equality to the side as we seek to serve God.

    Since we don’t live under a King on earth, it is difficult to make that transition to doing so with our own lives. We want fair, we look and see things through our eyes, channel things through our own senses, all the while thinking that we know what God knows. We don’t.

    I love that the kiddos are learning about the story and the lessons beneath the story. Jesus taught this same way.

    Which veggie got to be Mordecai?

    If you like to blog with tomatoes…
    Jimbo

  2. January 11, 2008 5:44 pm

    Jimbo,

    Funny at the end.

    Great thoughts.

  3. January 15, 2008 8:35 pm

    If we let our senses and our hearts be reformatted by what God is doing to make things right in his creation, we will have healthier responses in these areas.

    Let’s face it: Vashti did get the shaft. No question.
    But if Vashti doesn’t get the shaft, Israel is destroyed. God’s redemptive plan is foiled because of the blood-lust of Israel’s first king.

    Jesus got the shaft. No question. But if Jesus doesn’t get the shaft, Creation is destroyed. God’s redemptive plan is foiled because of the self-aggrandizing lust of the pinnacle of creation.

    God IS working to set things right, but because “love never insists on its own way,” innocents and believers will suffer. It is an awesome plan, and Esther and Mordecai are awesome people.

    On a related note, have you considered reading through the Greek (apocryphal) version of Esther rather than the Hebrew-only version in most English Bibles? The story remains the same, but the context is far deeper. It is a great read.

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