Queen Vashti Refused to Appear Before King Ahasuerus
Queen Vashti was the wife of King Ahasuerus, who ruled over 127 provinces from India to Cush. King Ahasuerus ruled the people from the citadel of Susa. To show off his wealth, he held a banquet that lasted for 180 days. After 180 days, King Ahasuerus held another banquet that lasted for 7 days in the enclosed palace garden. In the mean time, Queen Vashti also hold a banquet for the women.
On the 7th day, King Ahasuerus was gay from getting drunk so he commanded the 7 eunuchs to bring Queen Vashti, in her royal crown before her. This is because King Ahasuerus wanted to show off Queen Vashti’s beauty to the people and nobles. Queen Vashti refused to come no matter what and this angered King Ahasuerus.
One of the eunuchs stepped out and advised King Ahasuerus to divorce Queen Vashti because her refusal to appear before him will cause the wives of other men in the kingdom to rebel against their husbands. King Ahasuerus listened to Memukan’s advice and divorced Queen Vashti. The incident opened way for Esther to become the queen.
What Can We Learn from Queen Vashti?
Queen Vashti was brave and courage. She wasn’t afraid to refuse the king, even though it may cost her life. She was a good example of a person with inner beauty. Vanity and showing off are all sin of pride. We must always dress modestly and not show off to people. We must always be humble in all our ways. If you are humble, God will exalt you. If you are arrogant and prideful, God will bring you down to a lower place.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30 KJV)
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. (Psalm 119:37 KJV)
And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life. (Jeremiah 4:30 KJV)
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7 KJV)
for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8 KJV)
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:18-19 KJV)