This post is Day 3 in a series of studies about “Esther”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Esther – Day 3
Xerxes wanted to show off his beautiful wife! But it seems as though he did not give her too much thought until he had drunk too much! I wonder why the seven eunuchs are named, and why it took seven men to go bring one wife to see her husband!
Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes. On the 7th day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him – Methuan, Biztha, Harbon, Bigtha, Anagtha, Zethat and Karkas – to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and the nobles, for she was lovely to look at.
As the story continues, pride creeps in.
Xerxes wanted to show off his beautiful wife! But it seems as though he didn’t give her too much thought until he had drunk too much!
The queen had fulfilled her role in the story by entertaining the women who had accompanied their husbands to the royal affair, but now we see the other side of Xerxes! His pride, he was not only proud of his riches, but also proud of his queen.
What surprises me here is the naming of the seven eunuchs. I wonder why they are named. Many times in the Bible servants or advisors are mentioned without being named. Maybe we could find their names elsewhere in Persian history if we took time to look.
But maybe the more important question is why did it take 7 men to go and bring one wife to see her husband!
Was it protection for her, as she processed through the palace?
Was it more pageantry?
What is your reaction to this paragraph?
The king neglected his wife?
He drank too much?
The Queen was busy with her own guests?
Put yourself in the place of the queen if you are female, the place of the king if you are male. How do you feel?
Pray for your own communication in family relationships.
Ask God to help improve them, no matter how good they already are.