Bible News: Esther (part 2)

THEME

Servant-Working: Courage in Obedience

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

John 15: 9-17

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.

NOTES

When Esther left the safety and obscurity of her uncle's house to live in the palace, she had no idea how her life would affect the fate of her people. She was a young girl, she had no power, no choice in what would happen to her. But there was an unseen hand directing the events of her life. It was no accident that she was chosen to be presented to the king, or that the king chose her to be his queen. It was no accident that she was living in Persia, or that her uncle was employed in the kings' palace. It was no accident that Mordecai overheard and thwarted an assassination plot, and that it came to the king's attention just at the same time Haman was planning Mordecai's death.

What Esther did have control over was how she would behave in her circumstances. Was she humble and obedient, or proud and haughty? Did she trust God and obey, or run away from the challenge that God placed before her?

Children have little control over their circumstances, but they can learn that God placed them in their families, in their classrooms, in their neighborhoods for a reason. And they can learn to show their love and trust in God through their behavior to their parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors. And, like Esther, they can trust in God's care for them when they are challenged to do the right thing like stand up to a bully, or say no to doing something they know is wrong.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What was the name of the king in this story?
A. King Xerxes.

Q. Who was Mordecai?
A. Esther’s uncle.

Q. What did Haman want to do to Mordecai?
A. Hang him from a gallows.

Q. What did the king do when Esther came to see him?
A. He extended his scepter to her and listened to her request.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.
When Uncle Mordecai urged Esther to go to the king to ask him to stop Haman’s plot to kill the Jews he said that God might have placed her in her royal position “for such a time as this.” What did he mean by that?
A.
Mordecai saw God’s hand orchestrating the events of this crisis and he recognized that Esther was in a unique position to help her people—a position that only God could have made possible. Can you think of other people in the Bible who God used “for such a time as this? For example: Joseph (Genesis 45), the girl who helped Naaman (2 Kings 5).

SO WHAT?

List where God has placed you-for example, your family, your neighborhood, your classroom, your friends. What do you think God wants you to do in these places? List some things you can do to show that you are a child of God in these places.
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