READ ESTHER CHAPTER 1

SCRIPTURE
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.
ESTHER 1:5

 

OBSERVE
Did you know that Esther is the only book of the Bible that does not mention God by name? Nonetheless, we see representations of God’s character throughout this story. To put it lightly, King Ahasuerus was rich, and he wanted to show the citizens of his kingdom just how rich he was. He threw a seven-day feast for ALL the people, “from the greatest to the least.” At the end of the seven days, the king summoned Queen Vashti to display her beauty to his guests. However, the queen, who was hosting a party of her own in the palace, refused to show up, which angered the king greatly. 
In Matthew 22, Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a marriage feast not unlike King Ahasuerus’ party.  In the parable, those who were invited to the wedding celebration were too consumed with their own affairs to attend. The king then opened the feast to as many as could be found on the main highways. Our God has graciously invited us all to His greatest celebration, but are we, like Queen Vashti, too consumed with our own show to focus on glorifying the King?

 

APPLICATION
Are we giving God the honor He is worthy of, or are we glorifying ourselves in our own party? Take an honest look at your life and heart, and ask God to point out any areas where we are serving ourselves rather than making His name famous and listening for His call to glorify Him.

 

PRAYER
Heavenly Father, work on my heart so that all that I do and say will be for YOUR honor and glory. Draw me closer to you that I may be found faithful in all that you ask of me. AMEN. 

Mike Frewin, Murrysville Campus Connection Group Leader

 

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