The influence of the leading lady of a nation

Esther Bible Background

06.21.2016 Old Testament: Esth 1.16–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Esther 1–3 on June 21, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Queen Vashti of Persia refused to meet the request of her husband, and the adviser to the king rightly assumed that her actions would influence all the wives of the Persian Empire, because the leading lady of a nation wields great power,

And Memucan answered before the king and the princes: “Queen Vashti has not only wronged the king, but also all the princes, and all the people who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. For the queen’s behavior will become known to all women, so that they will despise their husbands in their eyes, when they report, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought in before him, but she did not come.’ This very day the noble ladies of Persia and Media will say to all the king’s officials that they have heard of the behavior of the queen. Thus there will be excessive contempt and wrath (Esther 1.16–18). 

To state that all women would act as Vashti might have been overstating the issue, nevertheless, many would follow her example. Of course, in this case, we would agree that she should have refused her husband’s request, who wanted her to parade herself before his guests.

Sisters, you may not be the leading lady of a nation, but how you treat other people, and how you treat your husband, if you are married, will influence other women. How then will they act, if they follow your example?

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