It is my desire that you read this with an open mind and heart. There will be things that you may not agree with. I ask that you search the WORD OF GOD so that even these things that are not agreeable to you will lead you to a deeper love and understanding of the GOD we serve.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
(1 John 4:1 KJV)
WHO WAS VASHTI?
Vashti was once queen of Persia. Her husband was king Ahasuerus. He was very powerful. His kingdom had an hundred and twenty seven provinces.
“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:) That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,”
(Esther 1:1-2 KJV)
WHAT WAS HER TRANSGRESSION?
Well the simple answer is that she disobeyed the king’s command to appear before him. Read the scriptures below for more details.
“Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus. 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, 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. 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. 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: 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;) 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? 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. 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. Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king’s princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath. If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.”
(Esther 1: 9-20 KJV)
Now some of you are probably thinking that her punishment was harsh considering that all she did was refuse to come when called. After all she wasn’t a servant . There’s a few problems with thinking that.
1. She was still a subject of the king even though she was the queen.**
2. The king was not sober at the time and one might think that his counselors were in the same condition.**
“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: When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days. 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; 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. 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. 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.”
(Esther 1:3-8 KJV)
3. Him commanding her to appear was so that he could show her off like a trophy. She was nothing but another possession to him.
SO WHAT IS YOUR DEFENSE?
“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”
(Colossians 3:19 KJV)
I had a professor in college who clarified the conditions that make submitting to your husband possible without causing resentment and bitterness. Basically a wife can freely submit when she is loved. This more than saying those three little words that easily roll off the tongue but didn’t come from the heart. A husband must provide for his wife to the best of his ability. Not just financially , but emotionally as well. Vashti did not lack any material thing. Perhaps she saw herself as equal to king Ahasuerus.
Now let me be perfectly clear. Scripture is very clear in how a wife should treat her husband.
“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
(Ephesians 5:24 KJV)
Was Vashti wrong? Yes,but the king was also in error. Because he seemed to be lacking in the love department. He and his counselors were more concerned with how her act of defiance looked than understanding why and seeing that an abundance of proud on both sides made this possible.