The 'BARKING OWL' always has something to say, and like the feathered version, can be either WISE...............or ANNOYING!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Z is for ZERESH

[This is the MILLERWRITES contribution to the 2012 Blogging A to Z April Challenge  Here is my INTRODUCTION to this particular series, and an opportunity for you to influence which alphabetically aligned weird words I will comment on this month.  THANK YOU for stopping by!]

Did you read the book of Esther the other day when we had V is for VASHTI?  I started out to update my info about Vashti and Esther, but got carried away and read the whole story again.  It is really quite incredible!  By the way; this book explains the beginning of Purim, which is the holiday still remembered today whereby Jewish people celebrate the defeat of Haman.

Speaking of Haman, his career might not have gone so far (75' up) if it were not for his sweet little bride, ZERESH!  She joined with Haman's friends in trying to console his miserable pride, by suggesting that he have his enemy Mordecai (the secret Uncle to Queen Esther) impaled on a pole, so that he, Haman, could have an undistracted good time at the next day's banquet with the King and Queen!  What a dear!

Then later, in her last words to her stricken husband, after her first suggestion had failed miserably (and was about to backfire interminably), ZERESH had the temerity to tell him this bad news:  “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!” 
Esther 6:13b

She must have had a good insurance policy in place, she was so flip about his doom.  But the next thing ZERESH knew, within a few hours I believe, Haman was on top of the 75' pole he had erected outside his house for Mordecai.  ('On top of', as in, 'impaled on'.)  I have a feeling that she stood there with her hands on her hips and yelled up at him; "I told you so"!

I hope you go read the fascinating book of Esther right now!  (Trivia: Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not mention God!)

And THANK YOU for stopping by this month during the A to Z Challenge, to see some of the 'weird words from the Word of God'!


  1. Your wealth of knowledge blows me away. I like how you tell the stories...very relatable to the modern world.

    1. That just comes with age Amy, and GOOGLE!
      Thank you!

  2. I always come away from your blog with so much more knowledge than I had when I arrive, and I thank you for that!! This was an awesome story and I can just visualize this guy impaled up there. YUCK!!! Gives me the willies. You told it with so much humor, just loved it!!


    1. Thanks Kathy. That's what I try to do (not the willies, the other stuff).

  3. One of the joys of the A To Z challenge for me has been meeting other Christian bloggers. Just sorry it took me 'til the day after the challenge finished to find your blog.

    1. ps. following you on Google Friend Connect and Networked Blogs


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