Christian Devotional – October 19, 2020

Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #2

A party of their own. The women decided that while the men were throwing a party, they would have their own. Read Esther 1:5-9.

When these days were completed, the king gave a banquet lasting seven days for all the people who were present at the citadel in Susa, from the greatest to the least, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace. There were hangings of fine white and violet linen held by cords of fine purple linen on silver rings and marble columns, and couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones. Drinks were served in golden vessels of various kinds, and the royal wine was plentiful according to the king’s bounty. The drinking was done according to the law, there was no compulsion, for so the king had given orders to each official of his household that he should do according to the desires of each person. Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the palace which belonged to King Ahasuerus.
Esther 1:5‭-‬9 NASB

The king was throwing quite the party! There were all kind of riches surrounding the people and the king was sparing no expense. At the same time, the women were having their own separate party. Probably, it had the same level of expense and opulence that the king’s party did. Both the king and the Queen were busy showing off for all their guests. Showing off, which we discussed yesterday, is not exclusive just to men. Women have just as much to do with showing off. The Queen decided to show off in her own way. Did we identify some ways yesterday that we show off?

The King and Queen had money, and it really wasn’t about the fact that they had money. There can be a number of people who are wealthy and yet who don’t show off. However, these two decided that everyone should know just how rich and powerful they were. What do we want others to remember about us? How do we interact with other people? Do we show grace and humility, or do we show pride and arrogance?

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