The verse that I believe summarizes the whole book is : Esther 4:14 "Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this"
Chapter one begins with the great feast Xerxes throws for all his noblemen. Then the last 7 days he invites everyone from Susa, every one! Can you imagine the pageantry that went on! In the book Hadassah, it describes what the palace may have looked like. It's amazing the wealth that the Persian empire had! Also if you read this chapter you will note that wine flowed quite generously. The bible speaks of "in keeping with the king's liberality" - Xerxes appears to be a generous guy! Of course he partook generously as well. So after many days of drinking, in the bible it says Xerxes was in "high spirits" - can you say drunk, he comes up with the bright idea of parading his beautiful wife around! How many rash decisions are made when not in the right frame of mind? Now it doesn't say why Vashti didn't come, there could have been several reason, including not wanting to be gawked at by a bunch of drunken people. She doesn't come, Xerxes encouraged by his advisers banishes her from his sight forever! Can you imagine waking up the next day and realizing what you did (Xerxes does this in Chapter two). Now I know that God has ordained and set this up as a tool of rescuing His people, I just find it fascinating!
So my questions to you are?
- Should Vashti have come in to Xerxes? Do you feel the Wisemen were correct in their advise?
- How are we today in our everyday life to act toward our husbands? Now hopefully no husband would ask us to do something like this, but where do you draw the line? Was it right of Vashti to deny the King? Was it right of him to demand?
I have something to say about the Kings advisers, but I will wait for another post!
May God bless you REAL good!