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. Esther, a young Jewish maiden is selected to be the new queen, but she keeps her nationality a secret. Meanwhile the evil prime minister Haman is angered by Esther’s cousin Mordecai, because he will not bow down when Haman passes by in order to show respect. Haman is so angry that he hatches a plot to have all the Jews in the kingdom destroyed. What is Esther to do?
Ask the children…
What did Mordecia ask Esther to do?
“He (Mordecai) also asked Hathach to direct her (Esther) to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people.” (Esther 4:8 )
How did Esther respond to Mordecai? What was she afraid of?
“All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter.” (Esther 4:11)
What did Mordecai warn her of?
“Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13, 14)
Mordecai warned Esther that if all the Jews were killed, she would be found out and killed also. And he reminded her that this was likely the very reason that God had allowed her to become queen, to save her people.
Ask your children what situations they are in where they can be an influence for good? Maybe someone is getting bullied at school or they notice that there are less fortunate people around them that could use some help. Ask God together if they have been placed where they are for such a time as this and then act on it.
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