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, because he hates the Jews, gets the king to sign an edict that on a certain day the people of the land can kill all the Jews and take all their property. But Esther appeals to the king…
Ask the children…
Esther reveals that she is a Jew and that this evil decree would not only destroy all the Jews, but also her. What does Esther ask the king for?
“Queen Esther replied, ‘If I have found favor with the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my request, I ask that my life and the lives of my people will be spared. 4 For my people and I have been sold to those who would kill, slaughter, and annihilate us.’” (Esther 7:3, 4)
How does the king reply?
“‘Who would do such a thing?’ King Xerxes demanded. ‘Who would be so presumptuous as to touch you?’” (Esther 7:5)
Haman’s plot is revealed. How do Haman and the king react?
“Esther replied, ‘This wicked Haman is our adversary and our enemy.’ Haman grew pale with fright before the king and queen. 7 Then the king jumped to his feet in a rage and went out into the palace garden.” (Esther 7:6, 7)
So Haman gets what is coming to him and he is hanged on the very gallows that he had built to hang Mordecai (Esther’s cousin and mentor) the Jew on.
Ask your children if they see evil around them that seems to go unpunished? Remind them that the sovereign judge of all creation will some day make all things right.
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