King Ahasuerus was holding a feast with his entire court, as well as dignitaries from his vast empire and officers from his formidable army, in attendance. As the banquet was reaching its apex, the king sent for his wife to appear before the assembly. He was proud of her and wanted to show her off. Queen Vashti refused to come. This created quite a stir and it was ultimately decided that the king was going to have to get a new queen who would be more collaborative. A search was launched to find the very best candidate. Eventually, that turned out to be Esther who proved herself to be a blessing to the king and the country.
Similarly, King Jesus called His subjects to come into His presence that He might have His court and angelic dignitaries see their glory. Yet they refused. So King Jesus decided to choose a new queen. It is supposed that this happened when Israel rejected Him and He chose the church. Rather, it happened when the church (which was spiritual Israel) rejected Him. They preferred to walk in each other’s presence rather than His. Thus He chose for entrance into the kingdom of God only those believers who were worthy. This is what the final warnings were about in the messages to the churches in the book of Revelation. Those who were found worthy entered the kingdom of God, the rest had to stay outside. This is also what Jesus had predicted in His parable of the wheat and the tares. All this happened at the expiration of the generation in which Jesus had lived…just as He had promised.
Our lesson today is to always walk in the presence of the Lord and His court. We human beings are on display. God Himself sees every secret of our hearts. We must walk before Him constantly as an open book if we are to please Him. Walking in the presence of other believers is meaningless; it is His presence and piercing eyes that cleanses our hearts from sin. May we have the spirit of Esther and not of Vashti.