Queen Esther


Age 5+: Read Esther 2:2,7-8,17, Esther 3:1-6, Esther 4:12-16, Esther 5:1-3, Esther 7:3-6, Esther 8:7-8,11
Under 5: Read about Esther from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

King Xerxes searched throughout his kingdom for a new queen. Esther was very beautiful, and the king like her best, so he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen of his kingdom.

The king ordered everyone to bow down to his officer, Haman. Mordecai was Esther's cousin. He refused to bow down to Haman -- he would only bow down to God. That made Haman angry. So he planned to have Mordecai and the rest of God's people, the Jews, killed. Mordecai asked Queen Esther to save the Jews by talking to the king. But the king's law said she could be killed if she came to the king without first being invited by him.

God had been preparing Esther for this moment. Bravely, she went to the king, and he was pleased with her. Then Queen Esther told King Xerxes about Haman's evil plan. The king punished Haman with death and passed a law so God's people could defend themselves.

Discussion 
Preschool questions:
Who did King Xerxes choose to be his new queen? Esther.
Why didn't Mordecai bow down to Haman? Mordecai would only bow to God.
Did Esther speak up for God's people? Yes.


Elementary questions:
What did Mordecai ask Queen Esther to do? To ask the king to save God's people.
How did Queen Esther show courage? She went to see the king without an invitation - something she could have been killed for doing.
How did the king show Esther that it was safe for her to come talk to him? He held out the gold scepter to her for her to touch.
Did the king grant Esther's request? Yes.

Preteen application:
Read Proverbs 31:8. Queen Esther had the courage to speak up for God's people. Since God gives you courage, what should you do for people who need help? We are to stand up for what is right, defend the weak, and be a voice for the poor.
Read Esther 4:14 again. What do you learn about the faith of Mordecai? Mordecai believes that even though the situation seems as though all the Jews will die, he knows the Lord will deliver them from harm. He has faith in God's protection and provision.

Memory Verse: "But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm." Proverbs 1:33

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse and write about the bravest thing you've ever done. Write your prayer requests as well.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of Queen Esther. Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Discuss some of your fears together. Then describe what it means to trust in God. Do you need to worry if you trust in God? Think of what you can do if you are afraid or worried (pray, read Bible, talk with a parent, etc.)

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.

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