Esther 1:10-12 reads as follows:
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
Also, 1:19-21 reads as follows:
If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small, and the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan.
Finally, 2:1,4 reads as follows:
After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her. and let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.
There are times when you won’t want to be humble (but need to be) during your life as a Christian.
During those times, you might want to speak so badly, yet the Spirit tells you to be quiet. A perfect example is when someone you love is being wronged right before your eyes. This can be the hardest time to stay quiet. Just maybe God is growing the one we love in a way that we can never understand through this circumstance. It’s not good to simply let your flesh lead and decide to speak no matter what. Understand that we all walk on dangerous ground if/when we think that we know better than God.
I understand that it can be hard.
Just thinking of Vashti in the reading from Esther makes me think of just how hard at times it is. In my opinion, she did nothing wrong. This is due to the wine being the key leader of the calling of her to the gathering. I have seen women treated terribly due to alcohol. I personally have been under the influence and made mistakes that I regret to this day. As a result, I understand the need of staying clear of similar situations.
We each must let God lead us in this reading. Some say Vashti was evil and not honoring her husband. I get it and will not argue the fact, but in our discussion today we must stick to the fact that she was booted from her position and marriage due to a very hard decision. Honestly, it’s a decision that I must say, as a father, that I would want my daughter to take as well. Obey God no matter what and stand on the fact that He knows best.