Echoes of a Far-Off Country

From the Book of Esther

People In Absolute Power Are Absolutely Hilarious (Esther 1:1-18)

A very powerful, very insecure, very drunk, very outraged king decides to pass a revolutionary new law for his citizens. Hilarity ensues.

The Bachelor: Persia (Esther 2:1-18)

The most powerful king on earth commissions the world’s first Tinder app, and — what a surprise! — immediately “matches” with hundreds of beautiful maidens.

A Strangely Selective Outrage (Esther 2:19-4:2)

For once in his life, Mordecai decides to stand up for his convictions — but does not get the results he was hoping for.

For Such a Time as This (Esther 4:3-17)

As first Mordecai and then Esther fall into complete despair, suddenly a turning point is reached.

The Zeresh Prophecy (Esther 5:1-6:14)

Esther risks death. Meanwhile, Haman reaches his own crisis point and his wife tells him what God’s will is for his life.

The Great Reversal (Esther 7:1-8:10)

Esther reveals her true identity. Haman and Mordecai change places. Still, the crisis is unresolved — and King Xerxes proves unwilling to do more.

The Final Judgement (Esther 8:11-9:19)

Mordecai writes a new genocidal law to contradict Haman’s genocidal law. But is this really what Mordecai is supposed to do with his newfound political power?

Echoes of a Far-Off Country (Esther 9:20-10:3)

Esther and Mordecai write everything down and establish a new holiday, but not everyone is thrilled with the idea at first.

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