Session 1 – A Royal Mess

Principal Questions:

  1. What was the timing and political climate of the story Esther would soon enter?
  2. In Esther 1, who attended Xerxes’ banquet?
  3. From your perspective, for what three possible reasons might Vashti have refused King Xerxes’ order?
  4. What did Memucan advise the king to do?
  5. How might the thought that “it’s tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow” have proved especially true for wives all over Persia?


  • What are you hoping for as you begin this bible study?
  • Describe a time when you toured an estate or attended a party that left you saying something like, “Oh, the …!
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how haunted are you by the pictures of physical perfection that loom nearby?
  • When was the last time humor helped you cope?
  • The king decreed that every man should be ruler in his own home.  Why might such a tactic be hollow and self-defeating?