Esther 1:7-12 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king. (8) And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man’s pleasure. (9) Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus. (10) On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, (11) To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. (12) But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
This party began with the legal drinking of alcohol. Some say that drinking alcohol is not against the law, so it must not be bad. Well, that is not necessarily true. The Lord speaks out against drinking alcohol. The Bible makes it very clear that God is against drinking alcohol. Still, many people do it. Here, we see one example where drinking alcohol causes a very ill effect. After the king had been drinking for a while, he wants to show off his wife. There is little doubt that she was very beautiful and he wanted all the other drunken men to see his prize. The queen knew she would be in danger and she refused. Drunkenness took the king to a point where he put his wife in danger.
The queen was in a place where her authority was putting her in a place where she had to choose between two evils: She had to choose between obeying her king or doing what was right. There are many times in life when people want us to do something we know is wrong. Sometimes, even people who are in authority want us to do bad things. This happened to the queen. Her husband wanted her to come and dance in front of a bunch of drunken men. There is never a time when we should disobey God – even if an authority wants us to. She did the right thing and refused. Sometimes, like the queen, we are even punished for doing the right thing. Still, we must do the right thing, no matter what may happen.
Esther 1:1-6 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) (2) That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, (3) In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him: (4) When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days. (5) And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace; (6) Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.
Worldly people want to put on a good party. They want the party to be the best one anyone has ever been to. And, why not? After all, we all enjoy a good party, right? We all like being friends with the people who throw the best parties, right? Of course. Yet, there is far more to life than just the party. There are often consequences to the party. Do you keep the Lord first in all aspects of your life? Or, are there times when the party becomes far more important? If we take a step further back, are there other things which take priority over God in your life? Family is important, but it is not more important than God. Work is important. But when work is placed ahead of God, work becomes an idol.
What are some of the idols in your life? We all have something we struggle with – something that wants to take God’s place in our lives. What is it for you? More importantly, are you willing to give it up?