Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe™ as we join together to study Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore. Your assignment last week was to complete week one in your workbook. Many of you also joined us in the small groups via Facebook and it was pure joy to get to know you better! For partner members, use our website forum to post your answers to the discussion questions and watch a teaching video I created for you under Module 1.
Each week we present a summary of the lesson and group discussion questions for you to answer. Let’s jump into week one… During our study Beth Moore introduced us to Vashti, the beautiful Queen of Persia and trophy wife for King Xerxes. We know that a lavish party was occurring, wine flowed freely, and when summoned by her husband to make an appearance, the Queen refused. As a consequence of her rebellion, all women were then legally required to submit to their husbands. Since he banished the beautiful Vashti, the King opened the door for a new wife to enter the scene. For the new queen, it’s tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow. Especially if that woman was a trophy wife!
After reading the first chapter of Esther, you realize many details are missing from the story. We don’t know why the men and women were divided into two different settings. My imagination went wild on this one…and Beth gave some possible explanations of her own. Since the Old Testament is acknowledged by many other religions besides Christianity, I think it would be fascinating to know how they ‘translated” Esther chapter one. From the perspective of our Beth Moore Bible study, I gather there was a room full of drunk men, the king desired his wife, he sent seven castrated men (eunuchs) to fetch her, and she refused him publicly. Ouch!
Queen Vashti was beautiful, rich, had friends to entertain and lived in an amazing palace. With one decision she made, she was tossed out as Queen and burdened all women in her culture as a result of her action. For Queen Vashti, it was tough being a woman because she was disposable.
Assignment For The Week
- Read Week Two in your workbook.
- If you’re using the video or audios for this study, watch Session One
- Join a small group discussion this week.
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