06.21.2017 – Old Testament: Esth 1.19–20
To read the Bible in a year, read Esther 1–3 on June 21, In the year of our Lord 2017
By Don Ruhl
The wife of the king of Persia would not do something that he asked her to do. The advisers to the king saw this as an offense not only toward him but toward all the men of Persia, because their wives would think that if the queen could do such, then they would not have to do what their husbands said.
Therefore, they advised him to replace her as wife and queen, and that would encourage all wives to honor their husbands,
“If it pleases the king, let a royal decree go out from him, and let it be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it will not be altered, that Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she. When the king’s decree which he will make is proclaimed throughout all his empire (for it is great), all wives will honor their husbands, both great and small” (Esther 1.19–20).
Was that really the example that the king wanted to set for his empire? I suppose not knowing biblical love, he did not know how to teach his nation the way in which husbands and wives should love one another. When the world does not know biblical love, they do not know how to teach honor for one another, although they will try.
- Do you honor your spouse?
- Do you know how to get others to honor you?