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we deem to be good, is as filthy rags in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6).

                     It is in this death process that obedience is learned and an end of personal initiative
               is brought forth. This time of preparation is designed to produce a suitable and compatible

               Bride for Christ. She must become like Him, conformed to His image.

                     Death to personal initiative was a characteristic of Yahshua. It was exemplified in His
               words at Gethsemane, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Thy will be done” (Luke 22:42). This

               was a characteristic which Vashti lacked, and it cost her that which was most precious to
               her. It is appropriate that this failure was the first thing addressed among those who would

               contend  for  the  opportunity  to  replace  Vashti.  It  will  likewise  be  the  foremost  issue
               addressed among those who are called to be the Bride of Christ.

                     In the story of King Ahasuerus’ search for a suitable bride, we see some profound

               truths that are equally applicable to the Bride of Christ. The king’s first bride was rejected
               due to a failure of obedience. A more worthy bride was then chosen to replace the one who

               had disqualified herself. Those called to betrothal to Christ need to take this lesson to heart.
               As  we  will  see  in  subsequent  chapters,  many  are  called,  but  few  are  chosen.  Esther

               distinguished herself by her obedience. She listened to the voice of the king’s eunuch who
               was given charge over her, to prepare her, and she found favor in the eyes of the king.
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