He displayed the riches of his royal glory and the splendour of his majestic greatness for a lengthy period of time – a hundred and eighty days, to be exact!Esther 1:4 NET
We begin the book of Esther with a great banquet. Actually, three great banquets! King Xerxes had thrown a huge party for all his official, nobles, and servants. It was a banquet that lasted 180 days! Why did he throw this great banquet? Simply, to show off his wealth. He was a very rich and powerful king, and he wanted everyone to know. At the end of the 180 days he held a 7 day banquet where everyone was welcome. It didn’t matter if you were rich or poor, you were able to attend.
King Xerxes displayed his rich coloured materials, his silver and gold, his precious stones. He served drinks in golden cups, all of them different, and there was enough food and wine for everyone. He said everyone could drink as much as they wanted, which meant lots of people were drinking too much.
At the same time, Queen Vashti also held a banquet for all the women.
Three great banquets! And what was the purpose of this? To show King Xerxes riches. To show everyone how wealthy and powerful he was, so that he would be admired by others.
It is a great thing that we do not have to display our riches to gain God’s approval. Everything that has value to us comes through Jesus! Jesus died on the cross for our salvation, there is nothing we can do or have that is worth more than that!
Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:10-21 NET
- How many banquets were there?
- Why did King Xerxes have these banquets?
- Where should we store our treasure?
Thank you God for showing us that our greatest treasures are not stored here on earth, but they are with you and the salvation we’ve received through Jesus.