What Is God Way Of Doing Things?
The book of Esther is frequently used to teach the strength of character of a Godly, virtuous and determined woman. All of this is true, however, the book of Esther has tremendous depth and offers far reaching insight into the question, What Is God Way Of Doing Things? Esther provides excellent examples of some of the general principles and operation of God’s universe, even though the book does not directly mention God or the Lord.
The events of the book of Esther took place about the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, circa 492-460 BC. Esther reveals some basic principles of God’s character and His Law. It also reveals the significant differences between the Old and the New Covenants. Covenant are the agreements that God established with man, the Old Covenant or Old Testament and the New Covenant or New Testament (see IDEOLATRY Chapter 12, p. 147). There is a clear change in the manner in which God interacts with humans after the establishment of the New Covenant. The book of Esther helps us understand the Old Covenant operation, the need for a New Covenant, and the results that the New Covenant would bring, some 500 years before Jesus ushered in the New Covenant.
Much respect for authority and protocol has been lost in our everyday, contemporary society, and continues to erode. The result of this erosion is a lack of understanding and appreciation of the authority of God and the respect that He should command in our lives. As Esther opens, a drama and the struggle between the cast of characters begins to unfold. Throne room etiquette is explained and an allegory to the unchangeable nature of the established law of God is revealed. Several key individuals are introduced in the beginning of the narrative.
Xerxes of Persia was a pagan, non-Jewish King, also known as Ahasuerus. He reigned from 486-465 BC in the city of Shushan, together with his queen, Vashti. Mordecai was the son of Jair, a Benjamite, one of the twelve tribes of Israel and he was the chief minister of Ahasuerus. Mordecai had previously been carried into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. His custom was to sit daily at the gate of the king’s palace, observing and listening. Esther was Mordecai’s cousin, and after her parents died, he took her in as his daughter. Haman is the final key character. He was chief of the princes of the court of King Ahasuerus. Haman was like a Prime Minister, bestowed with honor and authority before the king.
The narrative begins with a royal drama involving the disobedience of Queen Vashti. She was summoned by the King to make an appearance during a celebration at his court, but she refused the command of the King. This was considered to be an act of rebelliousness and defiance. Her action caused her to pay dearly. Had her defiance against the King’s sovereignty been allowed to stand, it would have established an unacceptable precedent, potentially encouraging other wives of the princes and rulers to rebel against their husbands. The King’s advisors decided to make a “royal example” of her for the sake of order in the kingdom and petitioned the King to expel her from the King’s court. Ahasuerus made a law that stripped her of her position and privilege, and a search for a replacement queen was begun as described in Esther 1:12, 15, 19-22.
Esther 1:12, 15, 19-22
12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him,
and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan: For he sent letters into all the king’s provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people.
The fairness of the King’s action is not the subject of this discussion, as it could be hotly debated. The ways of the King are not to be compared to God’s actions. The important aspect of this situation is the understanding of law and obedience, in that, once a decree is spoken or written by the authority or law-giver, it is absolute and unchangeable. There was an existing protocol for activity within the court of the King and Vashti disobeyed it. The result was the formation of a law that was unalterable, even by the King himself. This situation is a reflection of the integrity and stability of God’s Laws. It is also a direct correlation to the authority and unalterable nature of the Word of God. God’s Words, once spoken by Him, become absolute and unchangeable, even by God, Himself.
This is a very important concept to understand. God can’t go against His own Word. He can’t change it because of His own Words and won't change it because of His character.
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
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