Hey BridgeKids Families!
During the time of Queen Esther—more than 450 years before Jesus was born—the Jewish people were scattered around the Persian Empire. The Book of Esther tells the unlikely story of a young Jewish woman who, as the queen of the Persian Empire, saved her people.
Open your Bibles to Esther 5-10. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how after Esther was chosen as the queen of Persia, she received news that an evil man named Haman had a plan to kill all of the Jews. The Book of Esther is the only book in the Bible that never mentions God by name, but God clearly worked through Esther and her cousin Mordecai to save the Jewish people. Mordecai even suggested to Esther that God’s hand was in the situation: “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” (Esth. 4:14)
If Haman was successful in killing all the Jews, his evil plan would put God’s promises in jeopardy. God had promised to bless the world through Abraham’s family and to send a King from the line of David who would rule forever.
Esther had a choice to make. She could do nothing and face destruction (Esth. 4:13-14), or she could risk her life by approaching the king to plead for the protection of the Jews. Esther and the Jewish people prayed and fasted for three days before Esther went to the king.
Esther was welcomed by the king, who offered to give her anything she wanted—up to half of the kingdom. Esther told the king of Haman’s plot against her people. The king ordered that Haman be killed instead!
God was in control over Haman’s evil plan to destroy the Jews. Like Haman, Satan wants to destroy believers. Satan thought he had won when Jesus died on the cross, but God raised Jesus from the dead and defeated Satan once and for all.
Help your kids understand that Jesus is the greater Esther. Esther risked her life to rescue God’s people but Jesus gave up His life to rescue God’s people.
Ask the questions:
- Whom did God use to save the Jews? (God used Esther at just the right time to save His people.)
- How many days did Esther ask Mordecai and the rest of her people to fast and pray? (three days, Esth. 4:15)
- When Esther approached the king, what did he do? (The king held out his scepter to her, Esth. 5:2)
- When Esther approached the king, what did she ask him to do? (She asked the king and Haman to come to a feast she had prepared, Esth. 5:4)
- What did Haman build? (gallows to hang Mordecai, Esth. 5:14)
- At the second feast Haman and the king attended, what did Esther tell the king? (that Haman was plotting to kill her people the Jews, Esth. 7:3-6)
- How did the king respond to Esther’s news? (He was angry and ordered for Haman to be hanged on the gallows he had built, Esth. 7:9-10)
- How did the king protect the Jews? (He made a law that kept the Jews safe from their enemies, Esth. 8:11)
- Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.
- What books come before and after the Book of Esther? (Nehemiah before, Job after)
- Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God. Right now we are raising money for Lakeshore Lifeworks Ministry. They provide transitional housing and loving relationships for vulnerable youth ages 18-21. They believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the solid foundation on which to build up our youth along with many important life skills. They utilize and combine the resources of the CHURCH, STATE and COMMUNITY to reach vulnerable youth and show them the love of Christ so they can reach their full potential. This helps the youth through the hard transition into adulthood. They currently work with mostly boys, but are starting a girls house as well.
- BridgeKids Summer Nights – Join BridgeKids every Tuesday this summer from 6-7:30 for BridgeKids Summer Nights! The first event kicks off on June 12 with the Summer Sizzle. This family evening will be held at the Tot Lot at 191 Bailey Street in South Haven. This is a family night filled with games, snacks and a whole lot of fun! Stay tuned for more details on future events.