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SUNDAY MAY 24TH
Discuss these questions together as a family:
Where did Joel visit?
What types of rescue did he learn about?
How did God use Esther in His plan to rescue His people?
What problem do we need to be rescued from?
How can we be rescued from our sin?
We talked about the Book of Esther last week. We learned that Esther had a special role in God’s plan.
Today, we’ll continue in the Book of Esther and talk more about how God used Esther to rescue His people. You probably remember that Mordecai instructed Esther not to let anyone know that they were Jewish, so she kept it a secret. Well, that was about to change. Read Esther 3:5-10 together. Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, which enraged Haman.
Haman discovered that Mordecai was Jewish, so he planned to use his position of authority to get rid of all Jews. What a mess! Read Esther 4:12-17. Mordecai encouraged Esther to do something to help save their people. It’s understandable that Esther would be nervous about getting involved, but Mordecai’s words guided her and gave her courage. Mordecai told Esther that helping save everyone might be the reason she was queen. It might be God’s purpose for her life. God used Esther to save His people. We know now that Esther was definitely part of God’s plan to save the Jewish people. What we don’t know is how we might be participating in God’s plan today. Sometimes you can look back and see how God worked things out, but it is difficult to guess what God might be doing in the current moment. We have to do what Esther did. We have to trust that God has us right where we are supposed to be for a reason. We can trust that God is in control. Share as a family some of the things you are worried about. Pray together and ask God to help you through the tough times.
Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about how Queen Esther helped to save God’s people.