Many books and movies have been made on the story of Esther. Their treatment of Vashti varies from that of an insolent, self-possessed woman to a highly pious and modest woman who simply does not wish to be made the object of men’s lust. The Bible only records her actions, not her motives and attitudes, so what exactly are we to learn from her? Well, in an effort to discern our lesson for today, I have written my own version of her narrative. Continue reading
Dear heavenly Father,
Please show me what You want me to do
And strengthen me to do it with all my heart.
Teach me to discern when I ought to say no,
Then give grace for the one
And courage for the other.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
an acrostic poem
Can I do the thing I ought? I wonder.
Only through Christ who strengthens me.
Until the task is done, pressing on
Relying on His strength
Against all odds, persevering
Grace to endure the hardest conflicts
Every day getting up and starting again.
Deborah and Jael were contemporaries who lived during the time of the judges in the Old Testament period. Both of them played very important roles in the deliverance of the nation of Israel from oppression under the hand of Jabin, a nearby king.
Their account is recorded in Judges 4 and 5; and in Hebrews 11:32-34.
What this account reveals about these women
Deborah, called “a mother in Israel” (5:7), was the nation’s only female judge. She was humble, courageous, and wise, and she did what she could. Continue reading