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Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Queen Vashti Bible study on the Queen Vashti Bible story. This Queen Vashti Bible study on Queen Vashti Bible verses looks at Queen Vashti Bible message and asks who is Queen Vashti in the Bible, who was in the Queen Vashti in the Bible story, what is the Queen Vashti in the Bible story about, what occurred in the Queen Vashti in the Bible story, when did the Queen Vashti in the Bible story occur, why is the Queen Vashti in the Bible story important, what was the Queen Vashti in the Bible message and how does the Queen Vashti in the Bible story affect your Christian walk. Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible of the Queen Vashti Bible story with Queen Vashti Bible message together in this Queen Vashti Bible study, shall we?


THE BOOK OF ESTHER

CHAPTER 1


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A very warm welcome back to Daily Bread! Hope you’re ready for a truly interesting story that we’re about to study called The Book of Esther.

The story starts off with a grand celebration that the king of Media and Persia was throwing. King Ahasuerus reigned over more than 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia, known at that time as Media and Persia.

First a little bit of background, to bring you more information about the setting of the story and to acquaint you with the king. As you may know, the Bible is not all in chronological order, however, if you research some things, you can usually figure out the general time frame of a story by some clues given. Here are some things that give us a fairly good idea of when the story of Esther took place.

In the Book of Ezra 4:6, Ahasuerus was king during the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. That would make it somewhere between five and six hundred years before Christ. In the Book of Daniel, it says that Nebuchadnezzar ruled in Babylon in the 3rd year of king Jehoiakim, which was 644 years before Christ. Then Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar reigned as king of the Chaldans after that, then Darius the Median who was the son of Ahasuerus, took the kingdom after that, so that puts us in the same general time frame. It’s interesting to notice that the book of Ezra and the book of Daniel are 12 books apart in the Bible, yet they cover the same era!

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The palace where king Ahasuerus’ throne was located, was in a place called Shushan, or on some maps it was called Susa. That pretty well covers the setting, as for the people, I’ll be introducing you to them as the story goes on.

Now, in the third year of his reign, king Ahasuerus held a feast for all his princes, nobles and servants. He showed off the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor of his excellent majesty for 180 days (that’s 6 months to you and me)! That was quite a long party! One can imagine it would take a long time to entertain all the princes, nobles and servants of 127 provinces.

After that, the king held another feast for all the people who were present in Shushan the palace, both great and small, for 7 days in the court of the garden of the king’s palace. The palace was very elaborate with fancy linens and furnishings and the guests were served royal wine generously, in all different kinds of golden cups, as the king commanded. No one contested the drinking because the king told all the officers of his house to serve every man as much as they wanted.

In addition to the festivities that the king held, Vashti, the queen, held a feast for the women in the royal house that belonged to Ahasuerus.

On the 7th day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he ordered his seven chamberlains to bring Vashti before the king, wearing the royal crown, to show the people and the princes her beauty, because she was pretty. But Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains. This made Ahasuerus mad and his anger burned inside him.

This is interesting, don't you think? At the utterance of the name Vashti, does not an image of a rebellious woman come to your mind? Let's step back just a pace or two and look at this story closer, shall we? In our perception of what consists of the qualities a virtuous woman, it may be safe to say that she should be modest, at the very least. And wouldn't one agree that if a husband held any amount of virtue, he would protect his bride from anything that was unrighteous? NOW, let's look again at our impression of Vashti, shall we? Consider this situation. Firstly, the women had a separate feast from that of the men, as you can imagine at a party where the host offers as much as you can drink for free ... Well, enough said. So here we have the king, merry with wine (drunk, in other words) who orders his top officials (who prahhhhhbably weren't abstaining because they were designated drivers for the evening, but that IS assumption of consumption) to go fetch the little woman so he could show everyone what a fox she is. Now, put yourself in Vashti's shoes for a moment ... You're having a little get together with the women and seven guys who are partying with the hubby who is "merry with wine" come to get you to show the kingdom that not only does the king have fabulous riches but a hot wife too! Any virtuous women out there who can't wait to walk THAT runway?

Sooooo, Vashti, that SNAKESTRESS ... WAS wrong for refusing to go, because a woman is submissive to her husband, right? Was Ahasuerus wrong? Does is matter who was ... Wronger?

Take a look at this verse:

Genesis 20:16
And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

This was advice that Abimelech gave Sarah ... A husband should be as a covering of the eyes ... In other words she must look at no other, nor desire to be looked at by another. And shouldn't a wife trust that her husband will protect her from such? Why would a righteous husband put his wife in such a situation that is totally opposite? That Vashti ... That ... That VIXEN!

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He consulted with his scholars who knew law and the times, and his seven princes of the kingdom asking them, What should we do to queen Vashti according to the law, because she disobeyed the order of the king? One must suppose (tongue in cheek of course), that punishing the queen would be better than admitting the truth of the matter. It must have been a tough decision for the king, once he sobered up and realized that he had a situation. Verse 12 says his anger burned in him. That is pride. He refused to be wrong. Perhaps inside he suffered a great deal and struggled with pride, as we all do at times. Only God knows what's in a man's heart.

One of the princes answered, Vashti hasn’t only done wrong to the king, but also to all the princes and all the people of the provinces. What she’s done will become known to women everywhere. They’ll despise their husbands when they hear the news that the king commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she didn’t obey. It’ll cause too much contempt and anger. If it please the king, let a law be written that can’t be changed, that Vashti never be seen again in the presence of king Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to another woman, better than her. When the kings order is proclaimed throughout all his great empire, all the wives will give their husbands honor, both great and small.

The king was happy with the idea and the law was written. The king sent letters to every province in their own language that every man should rule in his own house.

So, the contentious (?) ways of queen Vashti caused her to be divorced from the king and expelled from his presence forever. And what happened to the king because he put the queen in such a precarious situation? Has your impression of Vashti changed? How often do we judge things, and people, without really considering all things? Next in our story, we’ll find out all about how Esther became queen in Vashti’s place and about a situation that arose when her cousin Mordecai stood up for his beliefs. See you again for more of this story next time, right here at Daily Bread.

 

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