I LOVE THE BOOK OF ESTHER, THERE’S SO MUCH TO LEARN FROM ESTHER NOT JUST HER OBEDIENCE BUT ALSO A LOT ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND JESUS. THE FOLLOWING DEVOTIONAL IS FROM OUR UPCOMING BIBLE STUDY “GOING BACK TO THE GARDEN”.
I want to take you through a book in the Bible we all know very well, and that is the book of Esther.
This will be a three-part mini-series which I think you will really enjoy! Let’s start at the beginning, Hadassah (which would later change to Esther to hide her identity as a Jew) was a orphan and her uncle Mordecai took her in and raised her. She grew up to be a beautiful, honourable young woman. The king of Shushan king Ahasuerus, decided to have a royal feast for all of Shushan for seven days after the 180 days of celebration with guests like princess and princesses. (Esther 1:1-9)
Take note: The seven days of the royal feast for ALL of Shushan is a lot like the marriage supper of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:6-9)
We all know the rest of the story where queen Vashti refused to come before the king and his guests, so she was exiled out of Shushan because she did not perform the commandment of the king Ahasuerus. Her royal position was to be given to a worthier queen. (Esther 1:15-22)
Take note: She didn’t follow the commandment of king Ahasuerus, a lot like how we don’t follow the ten commandments of God. Her royal position was to be given to a worthier queen (bride of Christ).
This is where we are going to stop for now, can you see how the book of Esther isn’t just a story of one woman that changed the fate of her people, but a story of how our relationship is with God? As we continue with our mini-series you will begin to see how the story of Esther will change the way you look at yourself and God. Vashti chose to disobey the commandment of the king and she had to pay for her actions.
Think about what you do and say, how will that effect the people around you?
In Deuteronomy 10:12-22 we see that we should fear God, walk in God’s ways, love God, serve God whole-heartedly, keep God’s commandments. Are we following any of these? I want to encourage you to go and read the ten commandments again and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a deeper understanding.
Vashti’s actions caused a huge ripple effect not just in her life but in the kingdom as well. There is a very important lesson we can learn from Vashti, the fact that she refused to come before the king shows me that she may have thought that she was above the law. Maybe she had a lot of authority and she misused it, she saw herself as equal to the king. How many times do we think we are above the law and even sometimes equal to God?
We want everything done our way and not God’s way.
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear [and worship] the Lord your God [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect], to walk [that is, to live each and every day] in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul [your choices, your thoughts, your whole being], 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? 14 Behold, the heavens and the highest of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth and all that is in it. – Deuteronomy 10:12-14 [AMP]