The story of Queen Esther is one of the Bible’s most dramatic – a new young queen, an evil adviser to the king, a king prone to fits of rage, and a big dilemma for Esther! The basic plot summary is this: King Artaxerxes gets very angry as his queen, Vashti, and banishes her. He chooses the beautiful young Jewish woman Esther to be his new queen, but he doesn’t know she is Jewish. Her Uncle Mordecai refused to bow down to the king’s new adviser Haman, who got so angry that he wanted Mordecai and all of the Jewish people killed. Queen Esther knew she could stop the massacre by telling the king she was a Jew – and after inviting the king and Haman to two dinner parties, she finally worked up the courage to tell him. And King Artaxerxes got very angry … at Haman! Haman was killed, the Jews were saved, and Esther became a hero to her people.
Esther 4:14 is one of the most famous verses from Esther –
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
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A brave woman named Esther takes a big chance – standing up to evil Haman and risking her own life in the process – and saves all God’s people from certain death. In Exile and Return! [Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther] we explore the last of the Historical Books and learn how, after years in Assyria and Babylon, God’s people find their way back home to Jerusalem once again.
Learn the whole Old Testament through the stories of its most famous characters! The Old Testament Heroes family devotional and activity pack features 25 days of devotionals and 10 new activities. Read the stories of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David and more! Activities include a Moses Word Search, Ruth Fill-in-the-Story, Jonah Maze and Daniel Secret Code Game.
What’s in the Bible? Video Clips about Esther