“But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him” (Est. 1:12). Sometimes we have to take a stand in life.
Morals means the practice of the duties of life; as a man of correct morals. Also, conduct; behavior; course of life, in regard to good and evil. We learn about morals from the Bible. Vashti, a beautiful queen had morals.
King Ahasuerus made a feast and invited all the people that were present in Shushan the palace. The feast lasted 7 days. Vashti also made a feast for the women of the house. On the seventh day, the king’s heart was merry. (He was drunk). The king commanded his seven chamberlains “To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown
royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on” (Est.1:11).
“But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him” (Est. 1:12).
Vashti had morals. Vashti was not about to go out in front of a bunch of people and parade herself in front of them for their enjoyment.
The king asked his wise men what he should do with Vashti. “What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to the law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?” (Est. 1:15). And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not” (Est. 1:16-17). The princes were worried that their wives would turn on them and not obey them because of her example. The princes wanted a royal commandment written that could not be changed. “If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, that Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she” (Est. 1:19).
Vashti lost her crown because of her morals. Sometimes we may lose our ‘crown’ because we have morals. But because of our morals we will gain more than an earthly crown; we will gain our heavenly crown and that is far more important than an earthly crown.