Beauty and the Beast — Liam Goligher’s 2nd sermon on the book of Esther
Beauty and the Beast
Esther 2: 1-18
Liam Goligher’s opening comments
Keep your Bibles open at this chapter. Pretty straight forward chapter really in the book of Esther. It’s a story, isn’t it, of rags to riches. It’s the story of somebody who wins a beauty pageant or something – Miss Persia, 530.
But actually there is nothing romantic about this story. There’s actually nothing positive about this story. Well, there is, but it’s kept under wraps for the time being. Because what we have in this chapter is a whole lot of moral ambiguity. A whole lot of the reality of life in the raw: a life in which women are often objectified, in which women are treated only on the basis of what they look like, in which girls are made victims and where men are predatory. That’s really what this chapter is all about. It is an uncomfortable dark story of abduction and of abuse.