- The occasion was a festive occasion. The king had present with him the nobles of his court and for seven days there was a festive spirit. The queen also did the same. The festive occasion, however, ended in a sour and embarrassing note for the king. He sought to parade his wife for her beauty, but she refused to be used in such a manner. The embarrassment caused the king to take drastic action, and that action was the disposing of his queen for another, coupled with a new law stating that the man is the master of his house. This new law made clear that no woman of the house was to usurp his authority without consequences.
- Application: This notable chapter is a great example of a law “run amuck.” The law of man – whatever it is – has authority, but its authority does not hold sway above a dignity that God has instilled within each person. It may be that a person will compromise their dignity, but a moral law greater than man is to be recognized. More than that, however, is the fact that if a man-made law has to be set in place for a wife to honor her husband, then there is a flaw in that law and in a society that demands as much. Following after God’s ideal the wife and the husband will have a mutual relationship that is honed with respect and a willingness to serve in God-ordained roles.