Esther Chapter 1 teaches us about God’s power and our purpose. Just because we have success in one area of our lives does not mean success in every area in our lives.
Augustine - "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"
God is "All Powerful" and we are all responsible
Es. 1:1-2 (NIV)
This is what happened during the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush: At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa
On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas— to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.
Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times.
Es. 1:17-18, 20
…The queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.’ This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord…then when the king’s edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.”
Success in our work lives does not equate to success in our spiritual lives
2 Cor. 5:9
We make it our aim to please him
It is hard to do the right thing while listening to the wrong people
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.