Yes indeed, it's tough being a woman. So far we have explored that it's tough being a woman in another woman's shadow, and it's tough being a woman in a world where beauty is a treatment. Now, we get to discuss how it's tough being a woman in a mean world. And I second that one with an Amen! If you haven't viewed session 2 yet, I want to strongly encourage you to do so. The session is packed with practical, biblical teaching about living in a mean world. I love what Beth says: "You will never be more prone to attack than when God has pulled you out of where you have been and he has your feet on a wilderness road; but you're not there yet." So true.
As you complete your homework this week, watch for the answers to these Principal Questions. 1) Mordecai did not slander, but he also did not kneel. How do we know Mordecai continued his stance? 2) Haman's shrewd rage turned into careful calculation. How did Haman choose a day for Jewish destruction? 3) Haman was obviously adept at psychological warfare. In what ways did he apply psychological tactics to get what he wanted from King Xerxes? 4) How does John 8:44 offer all the permission we need to identify the Devil as Haman's "father"? 5) How do you picture the people of Susa reacting to the edict?
Thanks so much for taking this Bible study journey with me. Don't forget to post your thoughts as tackle this week's homework. I'll have a new post next Tuesday.