Sunday, August 31, 2014

It is August 31, 2014.  The first day of our Read Through the Bible series.  We are reading one chapter a day. 

Here are a few things I've seen in chapter 1 of Esther.  

King Ahasuerus was in the third year of his reign.  

He decided to throw a party.  The party lasted for 180 days.  

He then decided to throw an after party.  This party lasted 7 days.  (wow!)

This was in the court of the garden of the king's palace.  (Quite the garden party.)  Just because it was outside, it was by no means casual on the part of the king, here's the setting: 

  • There were white and blue linen curtains fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars
  • The couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble.
  • They were served drinks in golden vessels, each vessel being different from the other (no set of Libby glassware)
  • Royal wine in abundance, according to the generosity of the king.  
It says not everybody drank, it was not compulsory (mandatory) you were free to drink the wine or not.  

While this party is going on, the queen was also making a feast for the women.

On the 7th day of the this after party, the king sent 7 eunuchs to fetch his queen so he could parade her in front of the people to show how beautiful his queen is.  

She refused to come.  

The king was angry.

The 7 princes, wise men, who were closest to the king.  It says they "understood the times."  (Something about that phrase clicked in my brain...) advised him he needed to make a proclamation that "all wives will honor their husbands, both great and small."  

Who were they concerned with?  The king?  Maybe a little.  Themselves, most certainly.  

Here's what the king did:  He sent letters to all the king’s provinces, to each province in its own script, and to every people in their own language, that each man should be master in his own house, and speak in the language of his own people. 

What did I learn from this chapter?  We haven't changed much.  

  • We like to feast. 
  • We don't like to be embarrassed. 
  • We look out for our comfort and interests.  
A question I have from this chapter:  Why did he send 7 eunuchs?   Was that just protocol or did he expect she may need extra encouragement to come?  I don't know.  

What did you learn from our first chapter? 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tomorrow is August 31, 2014.  We will be begin our reading journey together as we Read Through the Bible. 

We are starting out with Esther Chapter 1.  I look forward to our time together.



Just Learning Word by Word.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path. 

Psalm 119:105

When praying for a new friend, God impressed this verse into my thoughts.  Yes, in a sing-song manner.  :)  

The sing-song words would not go away.  Not at all.  Over and over, it played in my thoughts.  What do I do when things like this happen?  I research. 

I checked the concordance and found it was in Psalm 119.  Uh, oh.  Confession time.  I tend to avoid chapter 119 because, well, it's long.  Very long.  If I were to intensely SOAP the verses of that one chapter it would take 176 days!  Whoa!  That's a long time in one chapter!

But, I just decided to read it, no pressure to SOAP every verse.  I would SOAP if I felt impressed to do so (which I did), but I decided no pressure.  Just read it.

Wow.  Over and over it speaks about reading God's word.  Read His testimonies.  His decrees are counsel for us (verse 24).  His Word strengthens (verse 28).  His Word gives us understanding (verse 130).  On and on this chapter tells why we should read His Word.  

So, I'm going to attempt blogging as I read through the Bible along with "Good Morning Girls" and Women Living Well.  I don't have a very good track record with my blogging, I tend to drop it.  

So, pray with me as we read.  We are starting with Esther 1 on August 31, 2104.  I probably won't blog daily, but hopefully will at least blog once a week.  Thanks for tagging along with me in this journey through the Bible. 

Just learning, word by word.