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Default Day 138. Esther 1-3 - 04-11-2008, 05:20 PM

Esther 1-3

Esther is the story of... Esther.

This book of the Bible (KJV1611) is where the Jews get their holiday Purim (this past year it was March 20 and 21). Purim means "lots" as in casting lots. We will find out what lots were cast later.

Some "historians" don't think that the story of Esther happened at all, but that's it's just a stolen spring fertility story. (Esther-easter not really, but it's kind of funny). They claim that Esther is actually Ishtar, a babylonian goddess of fertility. They claim that Mordecai is actually Marduk (a cousin of Ishtar). They claim that Vashti is an Elamite goddess named Mashti and that Haman is an Elamite god named Human. These "scholars" claimed that then entire story was a myth. We know it to be true. Just because there is no reference to any of the characters in the story (except for 4 guys named Mordecai) in any Persian texts doesn't make it not true!

Today we get:
  • Vashti's disobedience
  • Ahasuerus needs a new queen
  • Good Mordecai
  • The rise of Haman

Esther 1

1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces

Ahasuerus is either Xerxes 1, or Artaxerxes, or Artaxerxes 2. Most likely he was Xerxes 1.

Well, king Ahasuerus (who was not a large cucumber!) held a party.

5 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace;

Everyone got really drunk, and the king called for the queen to show off her beauty.

11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.

Most people will try to get you to believe that she just didn't want to be shown off for her good looks but there's got to be more to it. It wasn't just that the king wanted her to show up. Many people believe that it was one of two things, the king wanted her to be naked, others think he wanted her to dance. It most likely was that the king wanted her to do a strip tease in front of all his people.

12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.

She refused, so the kings men told the king that she had to be punished. If the common housewife learned that a woman got away with disobeying the king, then they would have no reason to listen to their husbands. Apparently having your wife strip for your house guests was a common practice.

17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.

18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.


First your wife refuses to strip for your guests and then she might not do the laundry... and then there's just mass hysteria!

19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she.

20 And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.


The fluffy bunny, hippie version of modern christianity says that the king just sort of sent her away. The jews are closer to the truth in believing that Vashti was killed. More likely is that after she was killed her NAKED body was displayed as a warning to women to do what their husbands told them to do (as it should be).

Esther 2

After the king got over his anger, he decided he needed a new queen.

3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them:

4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.


So they went around and gathered up all the fair young virgins.

5 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;

6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.


Mordecai was of Benjamin. While we aren't sure exactly who Kish, Shimei and jair are, there's a possibility Mordecai can trace his lineage to Saul. Shimei in 2 Samuel 16 was in the house of Saul. Kish was the father of Saul. Jair was a name of one of the judges.

7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

Well, Esther was taken away, obviously since she was fair, beautiful and a virgin.

10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it.

The fine ass bitch Esther apparently either didn't look too jewish, or everyone looked somewhat similar.

Well, Mordecai checked up on Esther each day, because he could do that.

Each girl was paraded in front of Ahasuerus and he'd separate them into keepers and ones that he didn't want.

17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Love at first sight... awwww.

18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther's feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.

When the king was happy he gave away gifts to his people, instead of demanding wedding gifts, he gave away.

21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hands on the king Ahasuerus.

Treachery is afoot!

22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name.

So it was researched and the two were hanged, and the event was recorded in the log book.

Esther 3

1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.

Haman, nice shot, was a descendant of Agag, king of the Amalekites. Remember him? He was the guy who Samuel cut into pieces.

2 And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

Well, when Haman found out Mordecai wasn't going to bow, he was angry. Not just a little angry, he was seriously ticked off.

6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.

Haman was so angry he didn't just want to kill Mordecai, he was going to kill every jew alive. He may still have had some resentment from his great-great--- grandfather being chopped into pieces from the jews. Interesting, if Mordecai was a relative of Saul, and Haman was a descendant of Agag, Saul didn't kill Agag but he was later chopped up by Samuel, and now Haman wants to kill a descendant of the man who spared him (at least temporarily).

7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

Pur, singular for Purim.

8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.

9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.


So Haman was going to pay 10,000 talents of silver to the people who would do the killing of the rest of the jews.

13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.

The jews were to be all killed, not just sent to the Island of Perpetual Tickling.

The appointed day to kill all the remaining jews was Adar 13. (March 19-20 2008) remember the jews use a lunar calendar so their dates according to our calendar get moved around from year to year. Normally passover and easter are on the same weekend, this year is a little different.

So what have we learned today?

1. If your wife doesn't strip for you having her killed is an acceptable punishment for her disobedience.

2. Ahasuerus liked them young.

3. The main characters so far are Ahasuerus, Esther, Mordecai and Haman, not Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman.

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Default Re: Day 138. Esther 1-3 - 04-12-2008, 03:18 PM

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So what have we learned today?
4. One man can singlehandedly set a Jewish holocaust in motion. I wonder if the holocaust of the 1930's was triggered a single Jew refusing to salute Hitler?

History's first reality show: Who Wants to be Queen?

This nationwide talent competition was open to all the virgin women in the land.

The rules were:
  • Contestants line up outside of the palace (Es 3).
  • One of the king's eunuchs (Hegai) looks the contestants over. The fatties and uggo's are sent packing. Everyone else is given a purification kit and a dressing room (Es 3).
  • The contestants all live in the same house for a year while they purify themselves (Es 12).
  • The contestants can ask the chamberlain for any clothes, jewels, etc to wear when they go before the king (Es 13).
  • Each contestant spends the night with the king, and he judges her ability to please him (Es 14).
  • Whoever is best at pleasing the king becomes the next queen (Es 4).
  • All the losers become one of the king's concubines (Es 14).
Here's how the contest played out:

Esther 2:9 And the maiden [Esther] pleased him [Hegai], and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.

When Hegai saw Esther lined up outside of the palace, she was the hottest chick he had seen so far. I don't quite understand why they had a eunuch judging the hotness of the women. Anyway, he gave her the best dressing room.

15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.


When it was Esther's turn to go before the king, she could have asked for any clothes, jewels, perfurme, makeup, whatever she wanted. However, Esther knew she was a hottie, so she didn't ask the chamberlain for anything special.

16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.


Esther rocked Ahasuerus' boat all night long, so the next morning he made her queen.

Just because a winner had been picked didn't mean the contest was over, however.

19 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

Even though Ahasuerus has already picked a winner, he continued to hold auditions for more concubines. The king is getting to screw a new virgin every night. Why end a good thing?

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Default Re: Day 138. Esther 1-3 - 04-14-2008, 11:56 PM

Now wait just a doggone minute here!

The book that comes after Nehemiah is Tobit. Esther comes after Judith.

Even then, the Book of Esther has Greek additions to it (God and LORD are mentioned in both)

I'm starting a thread with those two, but not in your section...


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Now wait just a doggone minute here!

The book that comes after Nehemiah is Tobit. Esther comes after Judith.

Even then, the Book of Esther has Greek additions to it (God and LORD are mentioned in both)

I'm starting a thread with those two, but not in your section...
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