Vashti ~ A Courageous Queen

 

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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

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Deborah & Jael: Models of Courage

WF White fuzzy flower (6)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