Theology

He. Came. Down

“And while they were there, the time came for [Mary] to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn….For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped…

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The refusal: Vashti’s “Such a time as this” (part 4)

But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him. (Esther 1:12 ESV) Vashti’s refusal is the climax of her story. But is it an example of rebellion or assertiveness? Some readings of Vashti are highly critical of her denial, suggesting that she was disobedient, rebellious or playing power games of her own. The EEC is more measured, but…

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The request: Vashti’s “such a time as this” (part 3)

If, as we have been discovering, Vashti’s story is critical to Esther’s, the king’s request and Vashti’s refusal represent the climax of her story. But how should we interpret it? Is it a case of insubordination, an example of wilfulness – as has often been implied. Or was her refusal virtuous and providential? First the request. The king’s request, the reason he sent seven men was: to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown,…

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Drunk on power: Vashti’s “such a time as this” (part 2)

Having discussed the general context of the book of Esther and Vashti’s importance in it as well as some of the background to Vashti’s introduction, let’s take a closer look at the verse preceding her denial of the king’s request: On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus.…

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