Fulfill His Request

10 On the seventh day of the feast, when King Xerxes was in high spirits because of the wine, he told the seven eunuchs who attended him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas— 11 to bring Queen Vashti to him with the royal crown on her head. He wanted the nobles and all the other men to gaze on her beauty, for she was a very beautiful woman. 12 But when they conveyed the king’s order to Queen Vashti, she refused to come. This made the king furious, and he burned with anger.” ~ Esther 1:10-12

Now, this may seem sexist, and I’m not saying it isn’t, but when the king calls for someone, no matter who they are or the reason, they must go to him. That is his authority. For that time, that was a usual thing to show off the beauty of your wife, this wasn’t an unreasonable nor odd request. This was a different time and a different culture.

With that said, Jesus is the King of kings. LORD of lords. His authority is above all else, yet we lower Him to our level. We think we know best, so we ignore His instruction. We think His way is unfair or unjust, so we make our own. Jesus has called each of us into His presence, yet most of us refuse to do so. He has called each of us to a specific purpose, yet very few of us fulfill it. Even though Jesus is King of kings, we feel as though He will have mercy on us even though we refuse to enter His presence.

If we continue reading this chapter, King Xerxes not only banishes Queen Vashti but also replaces her with Esther. Queen Vashti lost everything because she refused to enter King Xerxes’ presence. What are we losing when we refuse Jesus?

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Fulfill His Request.

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