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WEEK ONE, Day 1
May 16, 2009

WHAT’S THE ANSWER?
Beth starts out heavy with the politics and setting of the story of Esther. Top of page 13, let me just give you the answer, so your brain doesn’t explode on the first day of homework. Cyrus II is the grandpa – Atossa (mom) and Darius I (dad) – Xerxes (son) also called Ahasuerus.

WHAT’S THE POINT?
This is not just a historical fairytail. Since the book of Esther was canonized as part of the Word of God, it “was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of Scripture, we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
You’ve viewed the intro video and completed a few pages of homework, are you excited about this study?!

WEEK ONE, Day 2
May 15, 2009

Iran08 - 70 - Kashan Bazar copieWHAT’S THE ANSWER?
Beth wants us to get creative and try to image the setting of Esther 1:1-8.  King Xerxes crib had some royal awesomeness like marble columns, mosaic pavement, and gold sofas.  For six months, he put his wealth and “splendor” on display then ended it with a week-long, open bar, all-you-can-drink, banquet just for important men.  Persia is modern day Iran (and some of Pakistan).  Here’s a photo of a modern persian palace that may have been similar to King Xerxes. 

WHAT’S THE POINT?
Page 18 – Riches can’t buy salvation.  Psalm 49:6-20.  The rich die like everyone else and leave their money behind.  “Our status is infinitely higher as a servant in God’s kingdom than a ruler in ours.” – Beth Moore


WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Have you ever been jealous of someone’s house?  Where can true splendor and glory be found?

WEEK ONE, Day 3
May 13, 2009

WHAT’S THE ANSWER?
No right or wrong answers here, we are just imagining why beautiful Queen Vashti would refuse the 7 eunuchs sent by the King to bring her to the men’s party.  Then, we’re exploring why “It’s tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow”.  How beautiful or powerful women in our lives can be used by the enemy to make us feel inferior.

WHAT’S THE POINT?
“One goal of our study is to let God heal our world-torn souls and make us experience His security in our reality.”
  Taking our eyes off of other women - ceasing to compare ourselves to them - will free us to experience security in Christ.  This is superior because he takes our weaknesses and turns them into strength for a purpose higher than that of the “world”.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Why could comparing yourself to power-women be deceptive?

WEEK ONE, Day 4
May 12, 2009

WHAT’S THE ANSWER?
If your mind draws a blank on any question, just keep reading.  You can always fill it in later.  Memucan was one of the 7 princes who gave the royally bad advice to make an international crisis out of Queen Vashti’s refusal.  It was like, “since you can’t control your own wife, you should tell every man in the country to start controlling their wives.”

WHAT’S THE POINT?
The point is that the men wanted to start controlling women because of their own insecurity and to protect their “dangerously tender egos”.  In contrast, God reigns over us with love (this will be explored further in day 5).

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What does she mean (bottom page 27), “to be on the lookout within” for our own “dangerously tender ego”?

WEEK ONE, Day 5
May 11, 2009

WHAT’S THE ANSWER?
The hardest part of this day is understanding how to fill out the back flap (inside front cover) that says “PURIM”.  First of all, Purim is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of God’s people in the story of Esther (or as they call it, the Megillah).  The word, Purim, converts it to an acroynym that we will be referring to throughout the study:

“P” for parties  Write something you learned this week about the parties of Esther’s day

“U” for unknowns.  Write hidden identities or schemes.  This week we noticed the the name of God is hidden from the book of Esther, but His work is evident.

“R” is for rescues.  Write about someone being rescued like Vashti from the King’s party.

“I” is for ironies.  Jot down an irony like how King Xerxes ordered Vashti to never enter his presence for not wanting to enter his presence.

“M” is for moments.  Note a pivotal moment that changes the course of the story like when the king divorces Vashti (making room for Esther).

WHAT’S THE POINT?
The Bible teaches that women should honor and respect their husbands but, the spirit of Christ in Ephesians 5:22-30 is totally different from the spirit of Prince Memucan and King Xerxes. 

  • They wanted to rule by brute force - godly authority rules out of love. 
  • They wanted control because they were insecure - godly authority wants the best for us. 
  • They wanted submission out of fear - godly authority wants voluntary submission so we have harmony like Christ and The Church (His Body, His Bride).

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
If you have a Xerxes type leader over you, should you still submit?  Why?

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