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May 15, 2019

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Reading along with us in Esther? Here’s today’s reading:

Esther 1 (ESV)

Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces......Continue Reading

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  1. I can’t help but see both sides in this situation. Both husband and wife are being insensitive to each other. I am not sure as to the nature of the request, but is the husband putting his wife on display for his own and other’s pleasure? It may not have been unreasonable at all. It could have been a King merely want to introduce his beloved wife to his friends. The wife is being insensitive and disrespectful to her husband, the king, in defying his request. To men, respect = love…at least that is what I have heard from others and have seen myself. Personally, I am on the king’s side….unless he was asking her to appear naked or something.

  2. 20So when the decree made by the king is proclaimed throughout all his kingdom, for it is vast, all women will give honor to their husbands, high and low alike.” 21This advice pleased the king and the princes, and the king did as Memucan proposed.

  3. Several things run through my mind as I read this chapter. First what pride is in Xerxes heart that he displays the glory of His kingdom for 180 days? It would not be uncommon in that day for a king to do such a thing and be oriented to self as well. And although the extended banquet and the liberality of food and wine was generous, you imagine it was also stroking his pride. Which is certainly something to watch out for. Second, I wonder what Vashti’s background was or the background of their relationship that caused her to say no? That sounds very uncommon for that day so you wonder if she was raised in royalty and so there was a pride in her heart as well. It is all speculation though and God chooses not to go into such detail. Thirdly it is clear that pride and drunkenness do not mix. In fact drunkenness and most anything doesn’t mix and that is why the Bible encourages us to not orient ourselves to substances that influence or dull our thinking. Fourth, it is laudable that the king does not force the queen to come and consults the wisdom of others to determine his course of action. And certainly the example of one is an influence on others, especially when it is those in authority and leadership. And so the queen is sent away. This appears harsh but is also reflective of the day this is in and the nature of their relationship. But what is most interesting to me is that all this process and back and forth that is based in flesh and the wisdom of the world ultimately accomplishes God’s plan. He can work with and through anything and everything. Praise be to Him, the King of kings and Lord of lords!

  4. Esther 1:4 (ESV)
    while he showed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor and pomp of his greatness for many days, 180 days.

    King Ahasuerus is prideful, and this account of pomp and circumstance is meant to show his greatness. It is this pride that leads to God’s plan to elevate Esther to Queen. It is also this pride that will later be the caution that Esther feels when having to approach her husband, King Ahasuerus.
    In this chapter, you can see how the King’s pride leads to rash decisions. I like the Pastor’s comment that pride and drunkenness do not mix.

  5. 3in the third year of his reign he gave a feast for all his officials and servants. The army of Persia and Media and the nobles and governors of the provinces were before him, 4while he showed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor and pomp of his greatness for many days, 180 days

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