Daniel prays to God (Dan 6:10-6:10)

“Although Daniel knew

That the document

Had been signed,

He continued to go

To his house.

It had windows

In its upper room

Open toward Jerusalem.

He got down

On his knees

Three times a day

To pray

To God.

He praised him

As he done previously.”

Daniel knew that his fate had been sealed. The king had signed the decree. However, that did not faze him. He continued to pray in his house that had open windows facing Jerusalem on the second floor or the upper chambers. He got down on his knees, as he usually did, 3 times a day. He then prayed and praised God, as he had done so often before.

Call to worship (Ps 81:1-81:5)

To the choirmaster leader, according to the Gittith, a psalm of Asaph

“Sing aloud to God!

Our strength!

Shout for joy

To the God of Jacob!

Raise a song!

Sound the tambourine!

Sound the sweet lyre!

Sound the harp!

Blow the trumpet

At the new moon,

At the full moon,

On our feast day.

It is a statute for Israel.

It is an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

He made it a decree in Joseph,

When he went out

Over the land of Egypt.”

Once again, Psalm 81 is a choral psalm on a Gittith or stringed instrument. Of course it is in this series of Asaph psalms, who was a Temple singer. They were to sing aloud with joy to the God of Jacob. They were to play on the tambourine, the lyre, and the harp. They were to blow the trumpet at the new moon, the full moon, and the feast day. This was a statute of Israel and an ordinance of the God of Jacob. This was the decree that came from tribe of Joseph as they left Egypt.

The king agrees with Muchaeus (Esth 1:21-1:22)

“This speech advice pleased the king and the governors. The king did as Muchaeus had proposed and recommended. He sent the decree into all his kingdom, to every province in its own language, declaring that in every house respect should be shown to every husband.”

The king and the governors liked the ideas of Muchaeus. In fact, the king sent out a decree to everyone in his kingdom. Notice that he makes sure that it is the language of every country, recognizing that there would be differences in such a large kingdom. This was part of the Persian tolerance towards religions also since they did not want unification of religion and language. The decree stated that men needed to be respected in their own homes. There was no mention of Queen Vashti. This was a subtle put down of women. However, this all women drinking session seemed liked a feminist revolt of some sort. Thus the happy drinking session of the king ended in a downer as the queen for some unknown reason failed to show up because she might have been too busy with her own party. All we know is that she was not afraid of the king of 127 provinces. He, however, wanted to show that men were powerful in all marriages.