And now this woman–this woman who once was possessed, whom they knew to be unstable, she was telling them this absurd thing, that Jesus wasn’t dead anymore, that the world didn’t work the way they knew it worked.
Vashti’s story underscores sometimes how important it is to say “No.” Think of all the Nos that shape us into the kind of people we are today. Think of all the Nos that have shifted the course of history.
David retreats and immediately mourns the death of his son, no longer calling him the young man Absalom, but “Absalom, my son.” It would appear that David’s life is a complete and utter mess. What are we to make of this tragic story?