“And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king.”
Most of the events from the Book of Esther would have never happened had alcohol not been a part of the king’s banquet. The king made an extravagant feast and invited all the people in the palace to attend. Though there was initially a limit on how much they could drink, it is evident in the verse above that they exceeded the initial limit because they drank the “royal wine in abundance.” When everyone was drunk with wine, the king commanded his attendants to bring Vashti the queen to the party so she could dance before everyone. As we know from reading the story, she refused and lost her position.
Though much attention is given to the rest of the book of Esther, it was the alcohol that led to these sad events. Just like alcohol led the king to foolish actions, so alcohol still leads people to do foolish actions. Alcohol is still the Devil’s beverage that has ruined many lives, marriages and families. Let me show you several influences from the events in this book that were caused because of alcohol.
First, alcohol always takes you further than you intended to go. It is interesting that the king initially set a limit on how much wine people could drink, but eventually alcohol caused them to drink in abundance. Many people think they can handle their alcohol, but alcohol eventually brings a person further than they intended. Many people who did things foolishly under the influence of alcohol only intended to have one drink, but the one drink led to them getting drunk. Always remember that you will never get drunk if you never drink one drop of alcohol.
Second, alcohol always causes you to do actions you normally would not do. King Ahasuerus probably would have never asked the queen to dance in front of the people in the way he commanded had he stayed away from alcohol. Many people have woken from a night of alcohol to regret the actions they performed. Many caring men have beaten their wives and children under the influence of alcohol. Many good people have killed others while driving under the influence because of alcohol. Alcohol always changes the character of a person to cause them to do things they normally would not do.
Third, alcohol and immorality are partners in sin. Many people have lost their purity under the influence of alcohol. If you don’t want to awake the next day to regret the night of immorality, then you would be wise to never have a drink of alcohol. Many marriages have been destroyed because a person committed immorality while they were under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol always takes the character guard down which leads people into sin and immorality. Alcohol is always a partner to immorality.
Fourth, alcohol is the destroyer of lives, reputations and careers. If you don’t want to suffer the destruction that alcohol brings, you would be wise to never drink a drop of it. Alcohol is still the Devil’s beverage that he uses to destroy lives with sinful actions that always bring regret. The Scripture is right when it says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1) The best way to avoid the destruction of alcohol is to never drink it. Always remember that there will never be a second drink of alcohol if you never have the first one.