2 Women were Summoned One said “No” and One said “Yes”
Enter the Queen King commanded … to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at.
Consequences of Disobedience He spoke with the wise men who understood the times… “According to law, what must be done to Queen Vashti?” he asked. “She has not obeyed the command of the King”
“Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king, but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces”
Universal Disrespect The nobility who have heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord.
The Church is God’s Queen Will she say “YES!” to her calling? Will she display her beauty for all to see? Will she command Respect?
The Beloved to Her King and Her Lover: Oh, how I wish you would kiss me passionately! For your lovemaking is more delightful than wine. The fragrance of your colognes is delightful; your name is like the finest perfume. No wonder the young women adore you! Draw me after you; let us hurry! May the king bring me into his bedroom chambers!
Admired by all Others – even the competitors The Maidens to the Lover: We will rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. The Beloved to Her Lover: How rightly the young women adore you!
A Shy, Self-conscious Church The Beloved to the Maidens: I am dark but lovely, O maidens of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Qedar, lovely like the tent curtains of Salmah. Do not stare at me because I am dark, for the sun has burned my skin. My brothers were angry with me;
Call or Courtship ? Abraham said to his servant, “Solemnly promise by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth: You must not acquire a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites… go instead to my country and to my relatives to find a wife for my son Isaac.”
What if she says “No.” The servant asked him, “What if the woman is not willing to come back with me to this land? Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” “Be careful never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him.
Abraham Knew God “The Lord, the God of heaven… promised me with a solemn oath, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send his angel before you so that you may find a wife for my son from there.
No back-up Plan ! But if the woman is not willing to come back with you, you will be free from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there!”
Everything depended on Her Wife of Isaac Mother of Jacob Grandmother of the 12 tribes King David’s Ancestor Christ’s Human Bearer
God will be involved I will say to a young woman, ‘Please lower your jar so I may drink.’ May the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac reply, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.”
Rebecca – Virtue of Serving 10 Camels Each drank 60 Gallons of Water (The Camels were actually hers)
Edgar A. Guest You are the person who has to Decide. Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside; You are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar. Or just be contented to stay where you are.
Choices are Everything Therefore MAKE YOUR CHOICE !