Friday, March 4, 2016
A Royal Banquet
A Royal Banquet
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, . . .
Esther lived during the Persian period of world history. The palace in Susa was the winter residence of the king of Persia which was a fortified palace built above the city for protection. In the third year of his reign, King Ahasuerus, gave a magnificent banquet inviting his princes, army officers, and nobles of the provinces surrounding him.. The main theme of this banquet was to display the great riches and glory of his majesty and splendor to all his guests.
The Persian King is referenced 175 times or more in the book of Esther but the name of God, the mention of God or any prayer worshiping Him is never referred to. We know that God’s sovereignty prevailed in saving the Jews and if He desired to be mentioned in the writing of this book, He could have moved the author to do so. Though God is not mentioned in the book of Esther, His hand is seen in the saving of the Jews. God’s character and attributes are revealed in His eternal purpose and plan for Israel whether or not His name is ever written down. May we never forget that God, through the merits of His own reputation and character, moves in His providential care for the eternal benefit of His people.
We have read that great riches were displayed in Shushan the palace in the presence of the people as an attempt to bring glory and majesty to King Ahasuerus; but, there is only one King that deserves such glory and majesty. Only one King worthy of praise and worship, only one King entitled to honor, reverence, and exaltation. He is the KING, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
Lord, I worship You, as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.