A Royal Mess – Blogger Bible Study Week #1

Hey everyone! I am currently going through Beth Moore’s “Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman” bible study with a wonderful group of bloggers! Esther I think is an awesome book to be going through especially given the theme of this blog! So come join in and catch a weekly post that follows the study! Blessings!

Of every lesson we went through this week, I believe my personal favorite was Day Three: Saying No to a King.

It says in Esther 1:12: “Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.”

So….as the story goes, the King was having a huge celebration (that lasted 180 days) and during the last week, he called for his wife, Queen Vashti for her to dance before His guests. We read that Queen Vashti was a most beautiful woman. Some even say that she could have been even more beautiful than Esther who was, as we know, won the title as Queen after Vashti.

Anyways, back on track, I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to see Vashti as a bad girl, when this really isn’t the case. In fact I actually admire her. Given her situation, it was lose-lose. Either lose her dignity, or lose her position. I’m quite certian that she considered what her response would mean. Vashti proves to be a strong woman and in denying the King’s request, even though it means that she is banished.  It is a shame she gets some bad rap at times for choosing to not give up her dignity.

This sets the stage for the rest of the story of Esther. I love seeing God’s hand in it from beginning to end. There is no place in Esther where “God” is used, however, this story shows so much of his sovereignty – which is so amazing!!

As a godly Lady-in-waiting, what is it that I want you to take from this exactly? That would be that you learn to see God’s sovereignty in everything. What we have here in Esther right now is a “Royal Mess!”  What else do you see in this story?

 

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