August 5th, 2011 | By admin
by Katt Anderson
We only read about Queen Vashti once in the Bible, but she made a huge impact on many lives. Her story is told in the book of Esther, chapter 1 .
Queen Vashti was a beautiful woman. Probably the most beautiful in the world at that time. Her husband was King Ahasuerus and he was very wealthy. To show off his wealth, he had a feast for all the powerful people. He wanted to show off his riches. The feast lasted for 180 days. For about six months, they were at his palace eating his fine food and drinking his fine wine. He did not command anyone to drink the wine. Each man could make that decision.
His palace was lavishly decorated with fine lines, purple, and silver. Couches were of silver and gold “on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble.” v. 6 It must have been beautiful. So much richness.
After the long feast, there was a week-long feast for everyone in the kingdom. Queen Vashti entertained the wives and princesses at her own banquet. During this time, King Ahasureus sent for Queen Vashti and asked her to come where the men were and wear her crown. He wanted to show off her beauty, and of course the crown.
Apparently he wanted to show her off with nothing but the crown, or very little with the crown. Anyway, she would be scantily clad at the most. When the servants told her what the king wanted, she refused.
They were shocked that the queen would deny the king his wish. The king thought that was not a good example for the other wives in the kingdom. No one ever refused the king.
This tells me Vashti had very high morals. Although she was not a Jew, but probably a pagan worshiper, she still held her body in high regard. She would not show herself in ways that only her husband should see her.
Vashti respected herself. She would not be forced to do something she did not feel was right. What would you have done in her situation? Would you have obeyed the king, even though you knew it was something you did not feel good about?
Today girls are put in almost the same situation. Everyone wants to feel included in “the in crowd,” so girls are influenced to do things they would never do if they thought about it. Designers of teen clothes want us to buy their apparel that they think we can’t live without, and we have to have it because it’s popular and cute.
Watch what you wear, girls. Strapless dresses, even with a jacket, are very revealing. In fact, most are too revealing. Sundresses with tiny straps are also too revealing. Yes, they are cute, but not something a Christian should think about wearing. You can still be in “the in crowd” and be modestly dressed. Be like Vashti and say no to these things.