I am working through the book of Esther so these stories are fresh on my mind and I’m writing much on these topics. This is an excerpt from what I’m working on right now. More than a history lesson God’s Word should be a life lesson. Here is some of the life lesson I’ve been contemplating from Esther 1.
This story of Vashti and Ahasuerus’ sin is not an example of why women should always submit to their husbands. It is not an example of how men should treat their wives. It is an example of a worldly relationship. As far as we know, Vashti–like her husband–does not know God. This interaction between Vashti and Ahasuerus should not be seen as example of why women should submit to their spouse. It is an example of a humanistic union and shows our depraved nature without Christ’s involvement in our families. It is an example of a marriage where each party is serving self, and that is not God’s example. Submission to God and each other is not part of the picture here. Whether we are married or not; the purpose of our relationships should be serving the others, not serving ourselves.