A Day in Esther: Chapter 1

I have felt convicted lately about spending more time in the Word. I tend to be distracted while reading or in a rush. While thinking about this yesterday, a thought came to me out of the blue: I am more intentional about Scripture when I blog about it. So I have decided to blog my way through books in the Bible, one chapter at a time, starting with the book of Esther. You are invited to join the journey with me as I try to spend more time in Scripture and grow closer to Christ.

ESTHER CHAPTER 1

Key Verses:
15 “According to the law, what is to be done to Queen Vashti, because she has not performed the command of King Ahasuerus delivered by the eunuchs?” 16 Then Memucan said in the presence of the king and the officials, “Not only against the king has Queen Vashti done wrong, but also against all the officials and all the peoples who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus.

Central Truth:
When we sin, we sin against Christ our Lord, the King of Kings and we deserve death (Romans 6:23). But we are loved so much that Christ died for our sins and we are washed clean (John 3:16).

When Queen Vashti sent word back to the King of her refusal to come to him, she probably wasn’t thinking she just threw away her royal crown. She probably felt justified in her refusal. She IS Queen, you know. But her pride lost her the Kingdom. I can relate a lot to this Queen. I can be very prideful and independent. I think I know what is best and don’t like being told I’m wrong. I think, “Oh, this sin isn’t THAT bad. I can handle it. It’s not going to cause too many issues”. When in reality, even the smallest sin is a travesty to Christ. It’s a slap in His face. In Chapter 1, we see Queen Vashti lose everything because of her sin and we also see her sin affect others (the other women in the land). My sins don’t just affect me. They affect others in the way I treat them and, at times, indirectly by the things I do.   And for these sins we deserve eternal separation from God. But thank God we don’t get what we deserve. God gave his one and only Son to become flesh and die on the cross for our sins. He has washed us white as snow. We are blameless in His sight. How marvelous is that! And as we will see in upcoming chapters, God uses our sins and the sins of others for His glory. Nothing is too big or too dirty for Christ. Queen Vashti’s refusal may have led to her downfall, but it also paved the way for Esther to take the thrown. Nothing can get in the way of God’s plans for us.

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