Sep 232020
 

On that night the king could not sleep, and he gave orders to bring the book of records, the annals, and they were read to the king. (Esther 6:1)

On the one hand, this is simply a comic episode and King Ahasuerus is the unintentionally comedic king (and he has been throughout the entire book of Esther). He is rash, he does not seem to have a mind of his own, and when he cannot fall asleep at night, he calls for the book of records to be read to him. We’ve all been there: lying awake, tossing and turning, longing for the sweet relief of slumber.

But on the other hand, this is a story that calls us to wake up from our sleep ways and open our eyes to see how injustice permeates our world. In those very records, the king notices an injustice and he vows to set it right. To what do we need to open our eyes? What injustices lie before us? What might wake us up from our sleepy stupor?               – rc

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