When it’s right to say “wrong”

Watch the complete sermon here: https://www.bridges.church/messages/even-in-a-place-like-that-esther-1/

Hey, everyone, thanks again for sending in questions related to our recent sermons. As you notice, last week we began a new series in the book of Esther and covered Esther, chapter one, where we meet King Xerxes and Queen Vashti. And King Xerxes throws a party with his immense wealth, calls in Vashti to parade her beauty in front of all of his friends, and she says, no, I am not an object for you to flaunt in front of others. I am not a trophy that you have won. I will not come in there.

The question this week is, how does. How does this instance it, which we said was the right thing for Vashti to do? She should have told him no, like she did. We’re glad she did. How does this instance connect with other places in scripture, such as Ephesians five, which is, you know, wives, submit to your husbands.

Shouldn’t she have listened to him? How can it be right to say no? Well, an answer, or the response is the right time to say wrong is anytime someone is telling you whether it’s, you know, a husband, whether it’s a boss, whether it’s a king, whether it’s anyone, your friend, your child, anyone. And anyone tells you to do something that God is against, you, of course, go with the higher authority, which is God. And so, you know, parading yourself in front of men for them to gawk at you is not something God wants any of us to do.

And so she was right to say wrong. I’m not going to do that. Of course, if we’re looking at places like Ephesians five that say, wives, submit to your husbands, they also say, husbands, love your wives, like Christ loved to church. Church. And gave himself up for her to make them holy and blameless.

So Xerxes has totally failed in his responsibility as a husband. He’s trying to lead his wife toward sin. And so it is absolutely the right thing for her to do, to say, wait a minute, we can’t do this. I must obey God rather than you. So there you go.

That’s when it is right to say wrong. Thanks for the question. We’ll see you next time. Bye.