Week 24   Day 6 


Vashti said "No" 

            and was deposed 

Queens set the tone

            for all women

            of the kingdom 

What if they all started saying "No"! 

Therefore Vashti must go.



Esther was 




Mordecai was 

            proud in a humble way 

            and could not be dissuaded


The king had a stereotypical  passion

            for food, drink and women 

and he let others do the thinking

            for him


Haman was

            the bad guy

            intent on a holocaust. 




                                 REPLACING A QUEEN
                      She was an orphan and a captive,

                    but lovely enough to please a king.
                                        Esther 1, 2 & 3


     1 In the days of Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred

and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia, 5the

king made a feast lasting seven days.  10The last day, when

the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded

the presence of Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, to

show her beauty to the people.  12But Vashti refused to

come; therefore his anger burned within him.

     1When the wrath of the king subsided, 2the king's

servants said:  "Let beautiful young virgins be sought for

the king; and let beauty preparation be given them.  4Then

let the woman who pleases the king be queen instead of

Vashti."  This pleased the king, and he did so.

     5 In Shushan there was a certain Jew whose name was

Mordecai .  7And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah,

that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither

father nor mother.  The young woman was beautiful. 

     8Esther also was taken to the king's palace.  10She

had not revealed her people, for Mordecai had charged

her not to reveal it.

     15When the turn came for Esther to go in to the king,

17the king loved Esther more than all the other women, and
she obtained grace and favor in his sight.  He set the
crown upon her head and made her queen instead
of Vashti. 
18The king made a great feast, proclaimed
a holiday and
gave gifts according to
the generosity of a king.

     1After these things Ahasuerus promoted Haman, and

advanced him above all the princes who were with him. 

2All the king's servants paid homage to Haman, for so

the king had commanded.  But Mordecai would not bow

or pay homage. 

    5Haman was filled with wrath.  6But he disdained to

lay hands on Mordecai alone.  Instead, Haman sought to

destroy all the Jews throughout the whole kingdom.

     8Then Haman said to Ahasuerus, "There is a people

scattered among all the provinces of your kingdom; their

laws are different, and they do not keep the king's laws. 

9 If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be

destroyed.  10So the king took his signet ring and gave

it to Haman, the enemy of the Jews.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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