Luxury

As the Book of Esther opens, the writer sought to give us a picture of the wealth of the Persian Empire, “There were white and blue linen curtains fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars; and the couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble. And they served drinks in golden vessels, each vessel being different from the other, with royal wine in abundance, according to the generosity of the king” (Esther 1:6-7).
Look at the drinking cups. They were made of gold, but a separate mold was made for each, which added to the cost dramatically! It is into this setting that we shall see a magnificent story take place.
Could you operate in a setting like that? Wealth like that turns off some people and entrances others. Let us have a neutral view of wealth and use it rather than letting it use us.

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Don Ruhl

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