When I fail to come into his presence- and refuse to allow others into mine
Est 1:1 Now it came to pass1961 in the days3117 of Ahasuerus,325 (this1931 is Ahasuerus325 which reigned,4427 from India4480, 1912 even unto5704 Ethiopia,3568 over a hundred3967 and seven7651 and twenty6242 provinces:)4082
Est 1:2 That in those1992 days,3117 when the king4428 Ahasuerus325 sat3427 on5921 the throne3678 of his kingdom,4438 which834 was in Shushan7800 the palace,1002
Est 1:3 In the third7969 year8141 of his reign,4427 he made6213 a feast4960 unto all3605 his princes8269 and his servants;5650 the power2428 of Persia6539 and Media,4074 the nobles6579 and princes8269 of the provinces,4082 being before6440 him:
Est 1:4 When he showed7200 (853) the riches6239 of his glorious3519 kingdom4438 and the honor3366 of his excellent8597 majesty1420 many7227 days,3117 even a hundred3967 and fourscore8084 days.3117
Est 1:5 And when these428 days3117 were expired,4390 the king4428 made6213 a feast4960 unto all3605 the people5971 that were present4672 in Shushan7800 the palace,1002 both unto great4480, 1419 and small,6996 seven7651 days,3117 in the court2691 of the garden1594 of the king's4428 palace;1055
Est 1:6 Where were white,2353 green,3768 and blue,8504 hangings, fastened270 with cords2256 of fine linen948 and purple713 to5921 silver3701 rings1550 and pillars5982 of marble:8336 the beds4296 were of gold2091 and silver,3701 upon5921 a pavement7531 of red,923 and blue,8336 and white,1858 and black marble.5508
Est 1:7 And they gave them drink8248 in vessels3627 of gold,2091 (the vessels3627 being diverse8138 one from another,)4480, 3627 and royal4438 wine3196 in abundance,7227 according to the state3027 of the king.4428
Est 1:8 And the drinking8360 was according to the law;1881 none369 did compel:597 for3588 so3651 the king4428 had appointed3245 to5921 all3605 the officers7227 of his house,1004 that they should do6213 according to every man's376, 376 pleasure.7522
Est 1:9 AlsoH1571 VashtiH2060 the queenH4436 madeH6213 a feastH4960 for the womenH802 in the royalH4438 houseH1004 whichH834 belonged to kingH4428 Ahasuerus.H325
Est 1:10 On the seventh7637 day,3117 when the heart3820 of the king4428 was merry2895 with wine,3196 he commanded559 Mehuman,4104 Biztha,968 Harbona,2726 Bigtha,903 and Abagtha,5 Zethar,2242 and Carcas,3752 the seven7651 chamberlains5631 that served8334 (853) in the presence6440 of Ahasuerus325 the king,4428
Est 1:11 To bring935 (853) Vashti2060 the queen4436 before6440 the king4428 with the crown3804 royal,4438 to show7200 the people5971 and the princes8269 (853) her beauty:3308 for3588 she1931 was fair2896 to look on.4758
Est 1:12 But the queen4436 Vashti2060 refused3985 to come935 at the king's4428 commandment1697 by834, 3027 his chamberlains:5631 therefore was the king4428 very3966 wroth,7107 and his anger2534 burned1197 in him.
Est 1:13 Then the king4428 said559 to the wise men,2450 which knew3045 the times,6256 (for3588 so3651 was the king's4428 manner1697 toward6440 all3605 that knew3045 law1881 and judgment:1779
Est 1:15 WhatH4100 shall we doH6213 unto the queenH4436 VashtiH2060 according to law,H1881 becauseH5921 H834 she hath notH3808 performedH6213 (H853) the commandmentH3982 of the kingH4428 AhasuerusH325 byH3027 the chamberlains?H5631
Est 1:16 And MemucanH4462 answeredH559 beforeH6440 the kingH4428 and the princes,H8269 VashtiH2060 the queenH4436 hath notH3808 done wrongH5753 toH5921 the kingH4428 only,H905 butH3588 also toH5921 allH3605 the princes,H8269 and toH5921 allH3605 the peopleH5971 thatH834 are in allH3605 the provincesH4082 of the kingH4428 Ahasuerus.H325
Est 1:17 ForH3588 this deedH1697 of the queenH4436 shall come abroadH3318 untoH5921 allH3605 women,H802 so that they shall despiseH959 their husbandsH1167 in their eyes,H5869 when it shall be reported,H559 The kingH4428 AhasuerusH325 commandedH559 (H853) VashtiH2060 the queenH4436 to be brought inH935 beforeH6440 him, but she cameH935 not.H3808
Est 1:18 Likewise shall the ladiesH8282 of PersiaH6539 and MediaH4074 sayH559 thisH2088 dayH3117 unto allH3605 the king'sH4428 princes,H8269 whichH834 have heard ofH8085 (H853) the deedH1697 of the queen.H4436 Thus shall there arise too muchH1767 contemptH963 and wrath.H7110
Est 1:19 IfH518 it pleaseH2895 H5921 the king,H4428 let there goH3318 a royalH4438 commandmentH1697 fromH4480 H6440 him, and let it be writtenH3789 among the lawsH1881 of the PersiansH6539 and the Medes,H4074 that it be notH3808 altered,H5674 ThatH834 VashtiH2060 comeH935 noH3808 more beforeH6440 kingH4428 Ahasuerus;H325 and let the kingH4428 giveH5414 her royal estateH4438 unto anotherH7468 that is betterH2896 thanH4480 she.
Est 1:20 And when the king'sH4428 decreeH6599 whichH834 he shall makeH6213 shall be publishedH8085 throughout allH3605 his empire,H4438 (forH3588 itH1931 is great,)H7227 allH3605 the wivesH802 shall giveH5414 to their husbandsH1167 honour,H3366 both to greatH4480 H1419 and small.H6996
Est 1:21 And the sayingH1697 pleasedH3190 H5869 the kingH4428 and the princes;H8269 and the kingH4428 didH6213 according to the wordH1697 of Memucan:H4462
Est 1:22 For he sentH7971 lettersH5612 intoH413 allH3605 the king'sH4428 provinces,H4082 intoH413 every provinceH4082 H4082 according to the writingH3791 thereof, and toH413 every peopleH5971 H5971 after their language,H3956 that everyH3605 manH376 shouldH1961 bear ruleH8323 in his own house,H1004 and that it should be publishedH1696 according to the languageH3956 of every people.H5971 (Ester 1: 1-13; 15-22- KJV+)
I was reading one of my daily devotional books, and I came across this scripture concerning king Ahasuerus and Vashti. When I finish my reading, at the bottom of each page there is a prayer. When I read the prayer for that particular day, the Holy Spirit gave me the title for this message. I don’t know about you, but there are many times in my life that I fail to come into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I am so thankful that he forgives me when I fail to come into his presence. I began to wonder why Vashti failed to come into the presence of the King. Then I reread verse 9 where it says that the queen also made a feast for the women. So, I can imagine that Vashti like some of us, was having a really good time fellowshipping with the women and talking about things that only women talk about. Perhaps the king called for her at a time when they were involved in some heated discussions that she did not want to leave, perhaps they were crying together, or perhaps she just wanted to stay a little longer and enjoy their company. Whatever the reason, she refused to come when summons by the King. I know that there are many times that the Holy Spirit will summons me to come into His presence and my husband also, and, I fail to move when I am called. Perhaps I am watching a TV program that I had been waiting to see for quite some time, or maybe I am sleepy, or tired, or cooking or spending time with my girlfriend or talking on the telephone, or with the children, whatever I may be doing, I don’t always move to come into their presence. Perhaps, Vashti knew that the King would want to keep her longer than she wanted to stay. Perhaps she had been through this several times before and she knew that it would be lengthy and decided she did not want to stop what she was doing. There are times when our spouses, or children or other people in our lives just want to interrupt us for a short period of time to ask a question, show us something or require our help for just a few moments. It’s the same way with God, sometimes; he just wants to drop something in our spirits.
Let’s get back to King Ahasuerus and Queen vashti; because the Queen would not come into the presence of the King, he asked the wise men in verse 15: Est 1:15 What4100 shall we do6213 unto the queen4436 Vashti2060 according to law,1881 because5921, 834 she hath not3808 performed6213 (853) the commandment3982 of the king4428 Ahasuerus325 by3027 the chamberlains?5631 he could not make a decision for himself. He had to ask the wise men what he should do. Thank God, he does not have to consult anyone else on our behalf. Jesus will never have another’s opinion concerning us. As we read further, we find that the King agreed to the punishment for Queen Vashti, and it was not for her only, but for all the women throughout the empire.
I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful that if God gets angry with me, it does not affect a whole empire, nor does it last forever – to the point that I can never come into his presence again as it was stated in verse 19.
It blesses me to know, in all of my imperfections and shortcomings, the God that I serve will restore me and bring me back into covenant with Him; even when I fail. I am not saying that we should make it a habit by not coming into the presence of the Lord, but if we do, it is so good to know that our Savior will forgive us and welcome us back into His presence. I believe that God wants us to be the same way with each other. We need to learn how to welcome back those person’s who have hurt us, or done some wrong and they have a desire to come back into our presence. We can no longer afford to shun people; we must learn to embrace them and love them just as Jesus does. Jesus would never keep us from returning to Him. For some of us it will be hard, however, we can do it. Let’s allow pass hurts, humiliations, disappoints, fears, and all the rest of that stuff we may be holding onto to go. Let’s learn to welcome our loved ones back into our presence – just like God does.
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