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At this point, the modern feminist may well give up reading any further in the ancient text, but to do so would be a mistake (even though things get somewhat worse with description of Ahasuerus’ harem in chapter 2!). The author, rather than agreeing with the analysis of the King’s advisors, employs irony to highlight the foolishness of their advice (this is made clear in 2:1 where the King apparently regrets this decision).  

 

For now, we may note that the author crudely addresses issues of gender equality by making Esther the true hero of the book at a time when women were generally regarded as less important than men. Her wisdom, tact and courage are contrasted both with the foolishness of Ahasuerus and the tactless approach of Vashti, and by them she obtains the balance of power at a crucial time.

 

Yet, leaving aside gender issues, another theme deserves some attention, that of the consequences of rebellion. It may be that the text intends to convey the message that if the consequences of even a supposed rebellion against the foolish King Ahasuerus could be so severe, then genuinely wilful rebellion against God—a wise, righteous and good King—will certainly be more so.

 

There is a consequence to humanity’s rebellion against God as there was with Satan’s rebellion. The devil was cast out of heaven for rebelling against God (Isaiah 14:12; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:7-9) and will one day be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). The rebellious are alienated from God and separated from his presence and a fate similar to that prepared for the devil awaits all those who choose to follow his rebellious footsteps (Psalm 5:10; Romans 2:8).

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the author has achieved another of his aims: he has successfully depicted Ahasuerus as being weak (he rules the world but cannot demand the respect of his wife!); setting the stage for later events as Ahasuerus becomes almost a puppet in the hands of his evil prime minister (and quite possibly his drinking partner) Haman. It ought to be noted, however, that throughout the book the author is concerned not to depict the actual power of Persia or the Persian court as the enemies of the Jews. This may well be for political reasons relevant at the time of writing, or it may simply be the writer’s view of history.

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