The Very Brave Queen Esther

Queen Esther Helps God's People: Formerly titled Esther and the King (I Can Read!™ / Beginner's Bible®, The)Esther was a beautiful young Jewish girl who lived in Persia with her cousin Mordecai.  God had a plan for Esther's life, even though she didn't know it from the beginning.  The King of Persia wanted to marry a beautiful young woman and make her the queen of the kingdom.  When King Xerxes saw Mordecai's cousin Esther, he fell in love with her.  Esther married King Xerxes and became the new queen.

One of the king's helpers, Haman, hated Mordecai because Mordecai would not bow down to him. Haman convinced King Xerxes to make a law that Mordecai and all the Jewish people should be killed.  King Xerxes did not know that his beautiful young queen was a Jewish girl.  When Mordecai heard the new law, he sent a message to Queen Esther, asking her for help.

Even though the King had not called for Esther and she might be punished, she bravely went to see the king. Esther invited the King and Haman to a banquet.  There, she told the king that Haman wanted to kill her and her people.  King Xerxes was angry with Haman and made a new law to save the Jewish people.

Esther's bravery and trust in God were part of God's plan to keep his people safe in Persia. 
Read the whole story of Queen Esther in the Bible:  Esther 2-8

REFLECTION

1.  How did Esther become a queen of Persia?  Does God have a plan for this?
2.  How did Esther show her courage and bravery?
3.  What are your afraid of?  How can you be brave and not be afraid anymore?

MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

KIDS ACTIVITY/CRAFT:
Print and color the Story of Esther Coloring pages and use it as visual aid in telling the story.
Make easy crowns and use it in a simple play of the story of Queen Esther.  Print this simple template from teacherhelp dot org on yellow card stock and decorate it with gems (draw and color or use stickers).  Another nice easy to make metallic crown is from pacon.

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