Esther 1:18-22 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king’s princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath. (19) If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. (20) And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. (21) And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan: (22) 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.
Vashti was right when she disobeyed the king. What he wanted her to do was wrong. Still, she suffered an enormous consequence. All of her rights and privileges as queen were taken away from her. She lost everything she had – all her wealth, her servants, her home and her status as queen. Still, what she did was right. Every day, there are people in the world who get saved and every day there are saved people who are murdered because they believe in Christ. Every day, there are parents who reject their children because the children get saved. Some go so far as to disown their children. It is hard to remember, but God is still in control. More than that, when you are saved, you become a child of God. You are adopted. You are made a part of God’s family, and that can never be taken away from you.
Would you be willing to lose everything to please God?
Esther 1:13-17 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king’s manner toward all that knew law and judgment: (14) And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;) (15) What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains? (16) And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. (17) For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.
Vashti had disobeyed the king, but what the king was asking her to do was wrong. Sometimes, there may be a man-made law or rule which is wrong in God’s eyes. God always wants us to obey our authorities, unless it means disobeying HIM. You see, there is never a time when we should disobey God. Yes, obeying God over men may produce some consequences here on earth, but disobeying God will result in consequences. Sometimes, unsaved spouses, parents, teachers and employers will ask a saved person to do something that is wrong. They may not even realize what they are asking is wrong. We know one young lady who was told she had to dress in an immodest way to participate in the school choral group. Her teacher would even mock her. Through all of that, she remained faithful to God’s command and she is happier today for it. No matter who your authority is, it is always right to serve God. There may be a time when obeying God might mean disobeying an earthly authority.