Years before Esther became queen, God had promised Abraham that the Savior He was sending would be a part of Abraham’s family. Fast forward to this week’s story, and we see Haman developing an evil plan to kill all the Jews, which could stop God’s plan and prevent Him from fulfilling His promise to Abraham. But, God is in control. He was working out a plan to use Esther to rescue His people and make the way for His Son, Jesus, to come into the world. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Esther agreed to help her people.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Esther 1-4. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
When Cyrus was king of Persia, he sent some of God’s people back to Judah to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Though some Jews returned to Judah to rebuild the temple, many Jews were still in Persia when Ahasuerus became the new king of Persia.
The king of Persia needed a queen. He chose Esther to be queen. Esther was a Jew and had been raised by her cousin Mordecai. Esther did not tell the king that she was a Jew.
One day, Mordecai heard that Haman, a very important leader who worked for the king, was planning to kill all the Jews. Mordecai and all the Jews cried.
Esther sent a messenger to ask Mordecai why all the Jews were upset. Mordecai told Esther about Haman’s evil plan.
“You have to do something!” Mordecai said. “Ask the king to save the Jewish people.”
Esther sent a message back to Mordecai. “No one can approach the king unless the king calls for that person first,” Esther said. “The punishment is death – unless the king holds out his scepter; then you may live.”
Mordecai encouraged Esther to think about it. “You are a Jew,” he said. “Maybe this is why you are the queen.” Maybe God put Esther in the palace to save her people!
Esther asked Mordecai to gather the Jewish people and to fast. They would pray to God for help. Then Esther would go to the king. She was willing to die to save the Jews.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Who made an evil plan to kill all the Jews? (Haman)
- What did Mordecai ask Esther to do? (ask the king to stop Haman)
- Why was Esther afraid to go to the king? (if she went to the king without permission, Esther could be killed)
- What did Esther ask the Jewish people to do? (to pray and to not eat or drink for three days)
- What did Esther decide to do to help her people? (go to the king)
- Is the Book of Esther in the Old Testament or New Testament? (Old Testament)
- What book comes before Esther? (Nehemiah)
- What book comes after Esther? (Job)
- How many chapters are in the Book of Esther? (10)
- What was the name of Esther’s cousin? (Mordecai)
- Why did the king of Persia need a new queen? (when the king’s wife did not listen to him, he decided to not let her be queen)
- What was Haman’s evil plan? (to kill all the Jews)
- What did the Jews do when they heard about Haman’s evil plan? (that person could be killed)
- What did Esther ask Mordecai and the Jews to do? (pray and fast with her)
- Does God keep His promises? (Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God’s plan was to send the Messiah into the world through Abraham’s family. Haman’s evil plan might have stopped God, but God was in control. God had a plan for Esther to rescue His people. By saving the Jews, God made the way for His Son, Jesus, to come into the world.
God’s plan all along was to send the Messiah through Abraham’s family. Haman’s evil plan might have stopped God’s plan, but God was in control. He was working out a plan to use Esther to rescue His people and make the way for His Son, Jesus, to come into the world.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray this prayer: God, thank You for giving us Your Word and for reminding us that You always keep Your promises. Thank You for being faithful even when we are not and for using ordinary people to bring glory to Your name. Help us to follow You and do what You want us to do no matter what. Amen.