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Scriptural Encouragement

Vashti was asked only to wear her crown

by Theodore Wright.


How simple a command this was! To come to the party, not too fancy, just simply wearing her royal crown. Yet, as mentioned in the Book of Esther, Queen Vashti would not do it! But why not?

After a party of 180 days, King Ahaserus showed off his riches and empire kingdom. He then followed that up with a 7 day feast in the capital city Shushan for everyone.

Queen Vashti also made a feast for the women in the royal palace which belonged to King Ahasuerus. – Esther 1:9 (NKJV)

 

For the “pièce de résistance”, the king gave a command…

On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful to behold.
– Esther 1:10-11 (NKJV)

 

So, Vashti was ordered to come to the king’s party. Not too fancy, just simply wearing her royal crown and asked nothing more. How could she not wish to display her royal beauty and clothing to the rulers of so many nations who were under the rule of her husband? She may have gotten dressed and ready, then had the royal crown placed on her head. Finally, to tell the steward that she was ready. If so, the steward could have said this reply…

“No, your majesty, you are not ready. His majesty, the king, ordered you to come wearing your royal crown and nothing more!”

 


When King Ahaserus ordered the queen to come, wearing her royal crown, it was to wear that and nothing else. To wear her crown and to wear her crown ONLY! Queen Vashti did want to come and leave a lasting impression upon the entire Medo-Persian empire but not like THAT! She did not wish to present herself naked before all those drunken men.

But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him.
– Esther 1:12 (NKJV)

 

Heavy drinking was common place in this kingdom, even for queens. Vashti’s safety was not the issue as she was Empress to the King. Any man that dared to attempt to touch her would immediately risk his own life. It was her dignity that she sought to maintain. Yes, it was a foolish command that King Ahaserus gave which Queen Vashti disobeyed. Yet, this put the king to shame, inciting his temper due to his public embarrassment over the queen’s refusal…

Then the king said to the wise men who understood the times (for this was the king’s manner toward all who knew law and justice, those closest to him being Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who had access to the king’s presence, and who ranked highest in the kingdom): “What shall we do to Queen Vashti, according to law, because she did not obey the command of King Ahasuerus brought to her by the eunuchs?”
– Esther 1:13-15 (NKJV)

 

His advisors told him that Queen Vashti’s response would leave far reaching and lasting repercussions…

And Memucan answered before the king and the princes: “Queen Vashti has not only wronged the king, but also all the princes, and all the people who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. For the queen’s behavior will become known to all women, so that they will despise their husbands in their eyes, when they report, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought in before him, but she did not come.’ This very day the noble ladies of Persia and Media will say to all the king’s officials that they have heard of the behavior of the queen. Thus there will be excessive contempt and wrath. If it pleases the king, let a royal decree go out from him, and let it be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it will not be altered, that Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she. When the king’s decree which he will make is proclaimed throughout all his empire (for it is great), all wives will honor their husbands, both great and small.” – Esther 1:16-20 (NKJV)

 


King Ahaserus did find a new queen, who was Esther. He did not again foolishly make the mistake of commanding his new queen wife to appear publicly naked from his own drunken folly. Yet, he should not have expected Vashti to reveal herself fully exposed to the world. The king should not have divorced her for having rightful modesty enough not to go openly nude. Would Esther, the new queen, have done such? Do not let alcohol make your decisions!
 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. – 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV)

 

 

 

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