Vindicating the Vixens revealed to me the real vixen in my spiritual life: my tendency to read Scripture with opinions and judgements. I missed some key considerations in the stories about women in the Bible—considerations that change my perception and reveal God’s heart for women (and men) in profound ways.
As a mamas, it’s important to pass on an accurate view of God through the stories the Bible teaches us. But what if we don’t see the whole picture? As a professor once told me, we need to see the world in front of the text we read so we know by which perspective to understand the meaning. Vindicating the Vixens helps us with painting that picture of the world in which the stories take place.
I don’t want to ruin all the “Ah ha!” moments for you, so I will leave you hanging, but I’ll tell you: I never had compassion on Vashti from the Book of Esther—and now I do. I always read the story of the women at the well with judgement for having had five husbands—but now I don’t judge. Curious yet?