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In chapter 1, we find that for 180 days, King xerxes displayed, showed off the wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty. At about the same time, Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the same royal palace. On the 7th day, the King ordered for the Queen to be brought before him, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and the nobles. The queen refused to obey his command, and the king was furious and burned with anger. After consulting the experts of the law, Queen Vashti was removed from her throne, and the king issued a royal decree that she may not enter the presence of the king, and that she be replaced with a woman who is better than her. It was also proclaimed that all women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.
In chapter 2, a search was made for Vashti’s replacement. Esther, an adopted daughter of Mordecai was one of the candidates. She had not revealed her family background, in obedience to the instruction of Mordecai. The king was attracted to Esther more than any of the other women, so he made her queen in replacement of Vashti.
During a time Mordecai was sitting at the King’s gate, he overheard two of the king’s officers plot to assassinate the king. Mordecai informed Esther about this, and she reported it to the King, giving credit to Mordecai. After investigation, the two officials were impaled on poles.
Chapter 3 King Xerxes promoted Haman, gave him a seat higher than all other nobles. All royal officials at the king’s gate paid honor to Haman, but Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor. Because of this, Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews by telling the king that the Jews do not obey the king’s laws and that they should be destroyed. He even offered money to the king so that the king would issue a decree to destroy them. The King declined the money, but took his signet ring and gave it to Haman, giving him the authority to do what Haman pleased.
Esther was an obedient young woman. She obeyed her father’s instructions, and she won the favor of the king, and was crowned queen, in replacement to Vashti
We must submit to the authorities the Lord has appointed to us. Queen Vashti was commanded by the king to come before him but she refused to obey the king.
Disobedience has consequences. When Vashti refused to obey the king’s command, she was removed from her throne.
God has appointed leaders for us to obey. God has provided us the Holy Bible as the manual of life, to guide us in our day to day life. God has sent the Holy Spirit to bestow upon us the wisdom to understand and obey His will. God has given us His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to save us from sin. We have been blessed with all the graces of God’s love, and we simply need to be obedient and submit to God’s will in order to gain Everlasting Life. Queen Vashti was an example of disobedience to the authority that God has appointed above her. Because of her disobedience, she was removed from her throne, and was replaced by Esther.
Let us submit ourselves to the will of God. God has assigned us the leaders who will lead us along the way. Let us honor and obey our leaders and we will receive our blessings from God. If our leaders have committed sin, live an evil, corrupt life, let God be the judge of him. We should remain obedient, unless we have actual knowledge and evidence, not hearsay, of the sin he has committed. When we do have this evidence, we should immediately separate ourselves from any connections with him. But God alone can be the judge of him. It is our duty, as followers to obey and honor these leaders who have been appointed to us. When we honor God’s delegated authority, we honor God.
John 13:20 (NIV) "Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”