Monday, July 11, 2011

30 Days of Esther: Day 3

The Consequence:
"For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people." -Eshter 1:22

The question of the centuries: Was Vashti right or wrong? Were her actions justifiable?
I find this conundrum so interesting. I'm sure you can guess from my previous post that I do tend to sympathize with Vasthi. It's believed that the Persian law was actually in her favor, stating that wives should not be viewed by other men, especially queens. Many have debated on just what level Ahasuerus intended to expose Vashti to these men, but you have to consider that this was an extremely modest culture. The equivalent in our immodest western society might be my husband, while in a drunken state, asking me to model a bikini for his drunken friends. This could have been a potentially life-threatening situation for Vashti. That said: The Bible commands us to submit to our husbands and to the authority of government, Ahasuerus was both.
In the end Ahasuerus if he had actually received counsel based on the laws of his government might not have punished Vashti so severely, but he did not. He listened to Memucan who sought only to please him. You can see that be reading verse 21:

"And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:"

Vashti was tossed aside and disgraced before the whole empire, and to solidify this action, King Ahasuerus decreed that all women should be subject to the rule of their husbands. You can probably tell that I feel for her, but I also love how one can see the sovereign will of God. Chapter one is the beginning of the jigsaw puzzle, God was putting the pieces together that He might perform a mighty work through His child, Esther. It's so exciting to see how He moves and that every decision and change He makes fits perfectly together to accomplish His will.
What puzzle pieces seem out of place in your life right now? Remember that the Lord has a perfect end for you! He knows the steps you take and He wants to accomplish good in your life!
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end" -Jeremiah 29:11

30 Days of Esther: Day 1
30 Days of Esther: Day 2

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