Background: The book of Esther recounts the story of the events during the captivity of God’s people (the Jews) in Babylon and specifically one young Jewish woman named Esther. The Media Persian Empire is in power under King Xerves at this time. The king is unhappy with his disobedient wife and banishes her. Our story picks up when the king asks for all the beautiful young maidens to be brought in for him to determine who will be the next queen.
Ask the children…
Who’s advice did young Esther listen to and what did it get her?
“When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.” (Esther 2:15)
God’s people, the Jews, were still slaves in Babylon and Esther would not have been selected to be queen if the king knew she was Jewish. So what did Esther do and who gave her the advice to do it?
“Esther continued to keep her family background and nationality a secret. She was still following Mordecai’s directions, just as she did when she lived in his home.” (Esther 2:20)
As a young person, Esther knew that she needed to get advice from older wiser people in order to have the greatest chance for success in life. Ask your children who they get advice from? Have them name all the people? Ask them how well they follow that advice and how it is working out? Thank God together that He gives us people to give us advice.
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