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Esther Saved Her People
Bible Passage: Esther
Story Point: God made Esther a queen to protect His people.
The Big Picture Question:
Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
1 Peter 5:10
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Esther Saved Her People
Questions from Kids
Guide your kid(s) to open their Bibles to Esther 2. Explain that the Book of Esther is in the Old Testament, which means the events in the book happened before Jesus came to earth. We do not know exactly who wrote this book, but it was someone who had access to historical documents and cared about the Jewish people and their lives—perhaps Esther’s cousin Mordecai. The story of Esther took place in Persia, where many Jews were scattered. After the Babylonian exile, some Jews returned to Jerusalem, but some—like Esther and Mordecai—remained in Persia. The Persians had conquered the Babylonians, who had conquered Assyria. Read aloud Esther 2:10-11.
Ask the following questions and discuss:
How was Esther able to save her people?
Guide your kid(s) to recall that Esther, a Jew, was chosen to be the queen of Persia. The king did not know she was a Jew, and Esther rose to a position where she could ask the king to protect her people. Read 1 Cor. 1:26-28.
How does Esther remind us of Jesus?
Lead your kid(s) to recognize that God raised up Esther to save His people. Mordecai urged Esther to take action, and she was willing to face death for them. In a greater way, God sent Jesus at just the right time and Jesus willingly died on the cross to save sinners. Jesus rose from the dead. One day, He will come back to rule as King forever. Read Phil. 2:5-8.
How can you be part of God’s plan?
Prompt your kid(s) to discuss ways they are uniquely gifted to serve and help others in their neighborhood or community. Talk about how God has a purpose for our lives now—right where we are—to advance the gospel. We might not know God’s exact plan, but we can help others and faithfully share with them the good news about Jesus. Read Ps. 138:8.
This game will help kids understand that, while they may not initially understand God’s plan, they can trust that His plan is good because He is good. Assign your child a task involving the rest of the family. Consider these tasks: • Organize everyone by the color of their clothing. • Group everyone based on style or color of shoe. • Without speaking, guide your kids to make paper airplanes. • Line up everyone in alphabetical order by their first name. When they finish, challenge them to figure out what the plan was.
God has a plan for our lives, but His plan does not always seem obvious. In our Bible story today, we see that God made Esther a queen to protect His people. Esther did not realize that at first. One day, we will understand God’s plans and see that everything He did was for His glory and our good.