Women in the Bible
Lesson Ten: by turtle

Today I am revising some old notes. Last week we discussed  the other women
and how she prevailed despite her circumstances. But what about first lady, and
also the adulteress women. These are hot topics but God loves women and men.
And He often uses the language that men know and women understand as well to
speak to our hearts.

Esther 1:15-22 KJV
(15)  What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath
not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
(16)  And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen
hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the
people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
(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.
(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.
(21)  And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according
to the word of Memucan:
(22)  For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province
according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that
every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published
according to the language of every people.

There was a time in ancient days that women were consider property. Women
could be traded on a whim. Some traditions are still carried over in today’s
society. From the man that marries giving a dime to the father. The feeling of
being sold for a price. Yet this tradition and many others carry on even today.
Women are some societies are not always consider treasured. God treasure each
and every women. He loves each of us the same.

This story in Ester might be best done in two parts, but I am looking at Chapter
one as a whole. Queen Vashti was asked to come and show her beauty to the
king and the men around her. She instead refused to come. Her husband then
decided to humiliate her by punishing her and bashing her as his wife. She with
all dignity held her head high so to speak. She however sets the example for all
women, not to be immodest because hubby says so. Immodesty in front of only
your husband is fine, but in front of the rest of the world is bad. No women
should ever be made to feel like a second class citizen in this day and time. Some
traditions need to be destroyed.

Christ had respect for women. If you think about the adulterous woman who was
caught in adultery. How did Christ treat her, but with utter respect. He told her
to go and sin no more. He could of judge her and condemned her but He did
not. Instead he treated her with love and compassion.

ohn 8:2-11 KJV
(2)  And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people
came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
(3)  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery;
and when they had set her in the midst,
(4)  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
(5)  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what
sayest thou?
(6)  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus
stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them
(7)  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them,
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
(8)  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
(9)  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out
one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone,
and the woman standing in the midst.
(10)  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said
unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
(11)  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn
thee: go, and sin no more.

The compassion of Christ is how we should treat others seeped in sin. How we
should treat each other when it comes to sin. The truth is, sometimes we got to
move away from the hurt and the pain even when we forgive, but Christ
forgiveness is pure and does not push us away, instead He embrace us even in
our sin and calls us to repentance. When women are made to feel like they have
no brains or any train of thought, they are doing just as these men were in the
Bible. The king and the Pharisees. Christ has compassion for the women and
loved them and treated them with respect.