Friday, October 8, 2010
October 8 – Hold Fast
Today we face the difficult question, “What might Xerxes have done?” other than to cast off Queen Vashti? We are trying to keep the culture in mind, and we must remember, too, that he was king, and it was important that he reign in his own home.
Memucan made an interesting point: if the Queen was under no compunction to honor or obey her husband, their wives might well follow suit.
Pouting would hardly serve the purpose, sending condescending messages of derision and shame. Not kingly. Threats at the monarchical level are dangerous things that often backfire.
The 21st century woman would like to think he might have “loved her through it,” and so he might, but her offense was very grave, if indeed she meant to slight and embarrass him.
One cannot help but wonder . . . what if the king had sent her his compliments (and perhaps a copy of his latest book for all her guests) . . . and asked the footman to return with her crown?
We in Cor Unum would do well to hold in highest esteem our royal diadems, for our King says:
“'I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Rev. 3:11)
"Only God Can Make A Tree . . . or a King"
photo by Kerry