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Queen Esther of Persia

Application:

An active story where the children participate.
Jesus forgives our sins and gives us everlasting life.

Story Responses:

King Ahasuerus - all shout, "King Ah-Ha!"
Mordecai - all whisper, "Brave Uncle Mordecai!"
Queen Ester - all say, "Our Lovely Queen!"
Haman - all shout, "Wicked, wicked Haman!

Bible Text:

Esther chapters 1 to 10.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.

 

 
Queen of a foreign country

A New Queen:

One day, King Ahasuerus of Persia gave a great feast.  That's a hard name isn't it, so we will call him King Ah-Ha.  Each time you hear his name, I want you to shout: "King Ah-Ha!"  Let's try that together: "King Ah-Ha!"  (Let the children respond).  In the meantime, the eating and drinking at the feast continued for several days and then King Ah-Ha commanded his wife, Queen Vashti, to come and stand before him.

But Queen Vashti refused to come.  "No I won't!" she shouted and went and hid in her rooms.  King Ah-Ha became very angry, and started to look for a new queen.

At that time a Jew named Mordecai was living in Persia.  Every time you hear his name, I want you all to whisper, "Brave Uncle Mordecai!"  (Let the children respond).   Mordecai had been taken captive and brought to Persia from Jerusalem with his young cousin, Esther, and thousands of other Jews.   Mordecai had adopted Esther as his own daughter and was taking care of her.

Esther is Chosen:

Esther was a very lovely and gentle person and was one of the women who were ordered to go before the king.  When King Ah-Ha saw Esther, he chose her to be his queen, not knowing she was a Jew from Israel.

I want you to say, "Our lovely Queen!" whenever you hear the name Ester.  Let's try that now: "Our Lovely Queen".  (Let the children respond).  So Queen Esther went to live in the palace while her uncle Mordecai kept watch outside the palace gates and made sure that she was looked after and kept safe.

Do you think that Mordecai was a good and kind uncle?  (Let the children respond).  Let's all whisper, "Brave Uncle Mordecai!" (Let the children respond).

One day while he was sitting at the gates, Mordecai overheard some men planning to kill the king.  Mordecai then called Queen Esther, "They want to kill King Ah-Ha, so go and warn him!"  Queen Esther ran into the palace and told King Ah-Ha.  For saving his life, King Ah-Ha loved Queen Esther even more!

Haman's Evil Plot:

Now King Ah-Ha has made a man named Haman to be his second-in-command over all the kingdom of Persia, but he did not know that Haman was a wicked person.  Let's all shout when we hear his name, "Wicked, wicked Haman!" (Let the children respond).

Do you know why?  He made all the people bow down to Him because they were frightened that he would kill them and their families.   But Mordecai refused to bow down.  Let's whisper, "Brave Uncle Mordecai!"  (Let the children respond).

This so angered Haman that he planned to kill Mordecai and all the Jewish people.  And do you know what Haman did?  He went to King Ah-Ha and told him that there were people living in the Persian kingdom who did not keep the king's laws.  By lying to the king, he received permission to kill all the Jews!  Haman then sent an order to the governors that all the Jews were to be killed on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month.

Esther Reveals the Plot:

When Mordecai learned of Haman's terrible plan, he sent a message to Queen Esther begging her to ask the King Ah-Ha to stop this wicked order.  Queen Esther prayed for three days, and then went to King Ah-Ha and invited King Ah-Ha to come to a dinner she wished to give for him and Haman.

The next day Queen Esther gave a second dinner for the King Ah-Ha and Haman.  During the dinner, the king said to her, "What is your request, Queen Esther?  Name it and I will grant you anything up to half of my kingdom!"  Queen Esther replied, "If I have found favour with you, please save my life and that of my people."

King Ah-Ha was shocked and exclaimed, "Who wants to kill and destroy you?"  Queen Esther answered, "This wicked man Haman!"

The People are Saved:

King Ah-Ha was furious and ordered that Haman be hanged.  And then King Ah-Ha sent for Mordecai and gave him Haman's job as second-in-command over all the kingdom of Persia.  And King Ah-Ha made a law cancelling Haman's evil order.

And where there had been weeping in the land, there was now great joy as the Jews celebrated what Mordecai and Queen Esther had done to save their lives!  Let's shout now, "Brave Uncle Mordecai!"  (Let the children respond).

Jesus Saves Us:

We celebrate Easter each year as the time when Jesus died and then rose to life again.  He died on the cross to save us from being punished by God for all the wrong things that we have done.

If we ask Jesus, He will forgive us, and come and live in our hearts as our Best Friend.  And then we will be able to live with Jesus and God forever and ever in Heaven one day when we die.

Closing Response:

I want you to give me a "J"  (Let the children respond each letter), now give me an "E", and an "S", and then give me a "U", and then another "S".  And what does that spell "JESUS!"   And what's His name? "JESUS!"  And He's our Best Friend!

What's His name?  "JESUS!"  (Let the children respond).

God bless!

 

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