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In two books of the BIBLE the laws of the Medes & Persians find prominent mention.

ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF THE MEDES & PERSIANS, ONCE A DECREE IS PROMULGATED, IT CANNOT BE RESCINDED OR ALTERED, COME WHAT MAY! THE LAW STAYS.

The books in the Bible are ESTHER and DANIEL. Both Esther and Daniel were from Jewry, but both belonged to a generation when the Jews were under captivity. Esther was chosen from among many who competed to become the queen of  an Emperor called XERXES (Ahasuerus) of Persia. His father was Darius, son-in-law of Cyrus, who founded the Persian Empire.

So historically when we try to put things chronologically, Daniel served Darius before Esther warmed the bed of Xerxes.

Before Darius took over BABYLON, there was a king called Balshazzar s/o Nebuchadnezzar, who saw a WRITING ON THE WALL and got the writing interpreted through Daniel. The interpretation was ominous, yet Belshazzar true to his word honoured Daniel with a robe, gold chain etc etc. The next morning Belshazzar was killed, or atleast deposed, and Darius took over as the King of Babylon. Thereafter Daniel is elevated to being one of the top three rulers of the land and exercises great control and influence over Darius, that the other nobles scheme to get Daniel into trouble. A decree is passed that none shall petition any God or man except the King for thirty days and if anyone dared to petition his God or any man, the  OFFENCE would be  punishable by death.

Daniel used to pray thrice daily to Jehovah. So the nobles put him up for trial before the king Darius and it was decreed that Daniel should be put in a Lion’s den overnight. Daniel is put in a Lion’s den and he survives ( i think the Lions were well fed before Daniel went in- after all the King was sympathetic to him you see!). Darius is relieved the next morning to see Daniel alive.

The decree that none shall PETITION GOD OR MAN FOR 30 DAYS, was passed as a decree under the LAW OF THE MEDES & PERSIANS. So, whoever be the person found to have disregarded the decree was punishable. SO even DARIUS was not able to help. But the interesting part is that Darius after finding Daniel alive after his stint at the den, issues another order that all the nobles who accused Daniel were to be thrown into the Lion’s den (whether the same set of lions or not, i know not!). IN ANY CASE, the LAWS OF THE MEDES & PERSIANS BACKFIRED on the jealous nobles. The Bible says that the other nobles did not find favour with the lions as Daniel had!

In the curious case of ESTHER, she had married a Persian XERXES, against the tenets of  the Jewish Laws (plz refer EZRA chapter 9, if you doubt that!). This anathema-tic marriage to XERXES had its benign fallout for the Jewry who were in exile at SUSAN PALACE of Xerxes.  Xerxes was also a Persian like his father Darius and his blood was bluer than that of Darius, as Xerxes was not a commoner ever. His mother was Tossa d/o Cyrus. SO XERXES was doubly BLUE. Otherwise how could one justify a virgin being sent as a sexual fodder for Xerxes each evening, and at dawn the deflowered virgin was to get back to the custody of a Eunuch in another harem, and until called for by name should never go before XERXES?

ANYWAYS, getting back to our thread, Jews were hated by the chief Minister of Xerxes. His name was Haman. But he was not sharp – serious condition of INTELLIGENCE FAILURE. Haman had an enemy by name Mordecai, who was a Jew. The relevant part was that Haman, despite holding a position of such authority, did not know that ESTHER was the COUSIN of MORDECAI and therefore ESTHER  should also be a JEWESS. SO in a classic case of cutting off the nose to spite the face, HAMAN gets a DECREE under the LAWS OF MEDES and PERSIANS marking a date for destruction of the persons and property of the Jews. XERXES issues the decree. He himself doesn’t know a damn as to the stock from where his second Queen came from. So much for running their Kingdoms.

Esther, like any sharp Jewess, acts on the advice of her cousin Mordecai. Ensnares the busy Xerxes to come for dinner to her palaces, seduces his palate before she makes a petition for her LIFE. XERXES is outraged that anyone would dare kill his primus inter pares concubine. She lays it all open and begs that she and her people be spared.

SO NOW THE DECREE PASSED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE MEDES & PERSIANS CANNOT BE RESCINDED OR ALTERED, SO THE KING ORDERS THAT THE JEWS COULD GATHER THEMSELVES TOGETHER AND KILL AND PLUNDER THOSE WHO TRY TO KILL THEM  OR VANDALIZE THEIR PROPERTIES!

So eventually, the JEWS end up killing those who wanted to kill them. SO the Jews celebrate that day as PURIM.

ANOTHER CLASSIC CASE WHERE THE LAWS OF THE MEDES AND PERSIANS BACKFIRED.

The TRUTH is that, NEVER EVER MAKE A PROGRAMME TO EXTERMINATE ANYONE. IT COULD BACKFIRE AND THE ANGEL OF DEATH COULD TURN TO THE PERSON WHO BROUGHT HIM THERE TO EXECUTE IN THE FIRST PLACE. AFTER ALL HE CAN NOT PUT HIS DRAWN SWORD IN HIS SCABBARD WITHOUT SOMEONE’S BLOOD!

That is why, the LAWS OF MEDES & PERSIANS did not survive. In India we have MALLEABLE LAWS, with provisos, exceptional clauses, interpretations, ingenuous orders and a long winding legal labyrinth to hide some where.

LONG LIVE INDIAN LAWS AND LEGAL SYSTEM.

 

 

 

 

Comments on: "LAWS OF THE MEDES & PERSIANS!" (5)

  1. Around 2 weeks ago I was travelling in an auto to office in the morning. I engage in conversation with the Auto drivers simply because I believe that they very cued into to society and know the pulse.

    The auto driver was complaining about the traffic.. so to ease out his distress I told him we are much better place that most countries on this front and I quoted China which had a traffic jam that lasted 7 days.

    The reaction from the auto driver was almost immediate. He asked “but china is a communist country and has strict rules and laws dont they?” I said yes “but India is different” he continued ” we can cut across the center median and go through one way streets when the traffic becomes terrible” to demonstrate he cut across the road went on to the wrong side of the road and through some streets on to the main road cutting through the traffic.

    Discretion …………… Grace …. were actually running through my head. The man facing the traffic congestion uses discretion and there were many who actually accommodated this guy who broke traffic rules so blatantly endangering lives.

  2. Jacob Chelraj said:

    Dear Movid:

    Excellent words, and I enjoyed reading it.

    I assume that the Law of Medes and Persians were not only valid during their times, but even now. The New Testament endorses my assumption when it says “For all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52).

    As you rightly said, malleable law is an entirely different story.

    Regards,
    Jacob.

  3. Jacob Chelraj said:

    Dear Movid:

    My previous comment was not well thought out. I want to take back my words and would prefer you delete it. Sorry for the trouble.

    I follow your blog regularly since you posted a comment about “TPM – spinning a yarn” in Rachel Chitra’s blog. I am probably an uninvited guest, but I enjoy reading your blog as I find it to be very informative.

    Regards,
    Gift Jacob Chelraj
    Bangalore.

    • Hi Gift,
      Thanks for yr comments.As regards yr wanting me to remove yr comments, plz do not ask me, and you don’t have to ask me either. You could do it yrself.
      Regarding Rachel Chitra’s blog, i liked the factual part of TPM-Spinning a yarn. But she is, like me and you, entitled to her opinions -with which we don’t have to be compelled, even as a matter of courtesy, to agree. Thanx again. MOVID

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