1/23 Reading (Esther 7-8; 1 Timothy 2)

Esther 7: They have the next feast that Haman bragged about and Esther reveals his plot to the king. The king is furious, begs for his life, and is finally impaled on the same 75 foot pole he prepared for Mordecai.

Esther 8: Esther convinces the king to let Mordecai, who has now replaced Haman, to rewrite the law Haman wrote. This overturned the killing of the Jews and allowed them the chance to fight back.

1 Timothy 2: This chapter starts with Paul praying for all people. This is followed by instructions for men and women, with the goal of helping them stay faithful and pray. The text even emphasizes the role of women, which is pretty much lesser than men. Again, this makes me think that Paul is all over the place when it comes to his discussion of women. He wants men to pray everywhere and women to dress appropriately, don’t wear anything flashy, and obey their husbands.

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