Chapter-a-Day Esther 3

English: Vashti Refuses the King's Summons, pa...
English: Vashti Refuses the King’s Summons, painting by Edwin Long (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All the king’s officials would bow down before Haman to show him respect whenever he passed by, for so the king had commanded. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect. Esther 3:2 (NLT)

Two days ago, we read about Queen Vashti refusing to come to the King and how it led to her being deposed. I couldn’t help thinking about Vashti as I read this morning about Mordecai’s conscientious objection to bowing down before Haman. Thousands of years later, we continue to honor Mordecai for his refusal to bow before Haman, but we think very little of Vashti’s refusal to be summoned like a trained dog to be paraded like a stripper before her drunk husband and his cronies.

So it is when we choose to make a lonely stand against tyranny, dishonor or injustice. You can’t predict the results. People might shake their heads and roll their eyes in mockery. You might end up losing everything and suffering incredible personal loss (even your life). Or, you might end up changing the course of history and being honored through the centuries.

When we are called to, or choose to, conscientiously object we must do so out of obedience with a willingness to accept the consequences whatever they may be.

4 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Esther 3”

  1. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect.

    Today’s story reminded me about the importance of having the guts to stand by your convictions. I just learned that one of my son’s higher spiritual gifts is discernment, and we had a discussion about the importance of “doing” the right thing if you “know” the right thing to do. Too often we have become a wishy-washy, pleaser society. Instead, let’s discern the right thing and then do it!

  2. You know, I have gone through a couple different studies of Esther and read the book a few times over and never once picked up on the contrast between the reaction to Vashti and the one to Mordecai. Maybe it’s a societal thing or a religious thing or a familiarity thing (we know much more about Mordecai than we do about Vashti). But whatever it is, it’s an overlooked prejudice. I like your point of view here, especially the closer. Glad to share the journey with you!

    1. Thanks. I really hadn’t given it much thought until this morning. That’s what is so awesome. There’s always more layers of depth and understanding to peel back. Thanks for sharing the journey, as well!!

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