Bible Passage: Esther 3–8
Memory Verse: Psalm 27:1
Bible Truth
God used Esther to rescue His people.

Lesson Introduction:
If you could be king or queen for one day only, and you could do whatever you wanted, what would you want to do as the king or queen ? You would have the power to make any new laws that you wanted, you would have the power to help anybody you wanted, or you could even spend the day doing all of your favorite activities. What would you do? Today we will hear an incredible story of what Esther chose to do while she was queen.

Today’s object may just look like some old, broken pieces of pottery, but it’s actually so much more interesting than that. This is a piece of tableware that actually belonged to King Ahasuerus. When we hear about feasts and parties that are given in the Book of Esther, this exact dish could have been on the king and queen’s table!

Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!

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 these questions for more Bible study together as a family!

  1. What was the evil plan that Haman wanted to convince the king to allow? (For all the Jewish people to be killed, Esther 3:6,8-9)
  2. Why was Esther a good person to help convince the king to save the Jewish people? (Because she was Jewish, Esther 4:14)
  3. What did the king have to do to show that he would talk to Esther? (Raise or hold out his scepter, Esther 5:2)
  4. Who did Esther invite to the banquet? (The king and Haman, Esther 5:4)
  5. What request did Esther give the king at the banquet? (To save the lives of her and her people, Esther 7:3)
  6. Instead of having the Jewish people killed, who did the king have killed? (Haman, Esther 7:10)
  7. What new law did the king write? (The Jewish people could protect themselves against anyone who tried to hurt them, Esther 8:11)

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.


Focus in on these Bible Story Nuggets as you are telling the story:

Esther was the queen.
Someone wanted to hurt Esther’s family.
Esther prayed, then she helped her family.


  1. What was Haman going to do?
  2. What did Esther do to help?
  3. Who stopped Haman?