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.
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.