Theology

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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Theology

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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