Chapter 1 begins by telling us about a king named Xerxes (Zerksees) who ruled over a large area that was composed of 127 provinces. The king reigned from his royal throne in a city named Susa.
In the third year of his reign the king gave a banquet that lasted seven days. The banquet offered everything a man could want! At the same time Queen Vashti gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace. On the seventh day the king sent for the queen to show off her beauty to the other men. However, she refused to come to him as she had been commanded. Needless to say this made the king extremely angry.
The king consulted with his so-called experts, whose names are listed in verse 14, as to what he should do about the queen's refusal to come to him as he had ordered her. They told him that all the women in his court and in his kingdom would soon hear about the queen's refusal and there would be 'no end of disrespect and discord” in the land (v. 18). They also advised the king that he should issue a decree that Queen Vashti never again be allowed to enter the king's presence. The king followed their advice and issued the decree.
In chapter 2, sometime after the decree, the king held (for all practical purposes) a beauty contest for a new wife. A Jew named Mordecai lived in Susa. He had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. Mordecai had brought up his cousin, Hadassah, because she had no parents. Hadassah was the girl's Hebrew name, which means 'myrtle” (a fragrant evergreen tree or shrub); she was also known as Esther. Esther was very beautiful. When the king's edict came down for all the beautiful women to be brought into the king's harem, Esther was taken to the palace and put under the care of the man who was in charge of the harem. She won his favor, and he assigned seven women to look after her every need. Esther did not reveal that she was Jewish because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so.
After undergoing twelve months of beauty treatments, Esther was brought before the king. She immediately won the king's heart, and he put a crown on her head and made her the queen. Then the king gave a great banquet for Esther.
One day while Mordecai was at the king's gate, he found out that two of the king's officers were conspiring to kill the king. Mordecai told Esther of the plot, and she in turn told the king, giving credit to Mordecai.
In chapter 3 we learn that a man named Haman, an official in the king's court, plotted to kill all the Jews in the land because Mordecai would not bow down to him. Mordecai sent this information to Esther, and she took it to the king. When the king found out that Haman wanted to kill all the Jews and that Queen Esther was a Jew, he hanged Haman. Then he honored Mordecai. After this, all the kings' noblemen of the provinces helped the Jews throughout the land.
Mordecai became prominent and popular in the palace and famous in all the provinces. He 'was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews” (10:3).
This story shows us that God can use anyone, from the wealthiest to the most humble person. He takes care of His people, no matter where they are. God watches how we treat other people, including our parents. When we treat people with respect and do what is right, they usually treat us the same way. But even if they do not, God notices and He will reward us accordingly.
Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word.” May God bless you as you read His Word.
The Book of Esther is the only book in the Bible that doesn't mention ______ name.
King Xerxes ruled over a large area from his royal throne in the city of ____ (1:1-2).
The king held a beauty contest for a new wife, and ______ was taken to the palace (2:8).
Esther's Hebrew name was ________, which means 'myrtle” (2:7).
________, a Jew who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, brought up his cousin, Esther, because she had no _______ (2:5-7).
Esther did not reveal that she was _______ because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so (2:10).
After undergoing ______ months of beauty treatments, Esther was brought before the king (2:12).
She immediately won the king's heart; he made her the _____ and gave a banquet for her (2:17-18).
Mordecai found out that two of the king's officers were conspiring to ____ the king (2:21-22).
Mordecai told ______ of the plot, and she in turn told the ____, giving credit to Mordecai.
_____, an official in the king's court, plotted to kill all the _____ in the land (3:6).
Mordecai sent this information to ______, and she took it to the king (7:6).
When the king found out that Haman wanted to ____ all the Jews and that Queen Esther was a Jew, he ______ Haman (7:10).
The king gave Esther Haman's estate, and he honored Mordecai and gave him his signet ____ (8:2).
All the nobles of the provinces helped the _____ throughout the land defeat their enemies (9:3).
Mordecai was ______ in rank to the ____, preeminent among the Jews and highly esteemed (10:3).
This story shows us that God can use ______, from the wealthiest to the most humble person.
When we treat people with _______ and do what is right, God notices and He will ______ us.
Memory Verse: 'O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath” (Psalm 6:1).
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Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Esther 1:21 Esther 1:13 Esther 8:4 Esther 4:1
Esther 2:13 Esther 5:14 Esther 9:2 Esther 4:9
'Hathach went back and ________ to Esther what Mordecai had said.” Esther ______
'Since it was _________ for the king to consult experts in matters of law Esther ______
and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times.”
'The king and his ______ were pleased with this advice, so the king did as Esther ______
'This is how she would go to the ____: Anything she wanted was given Esther ______
her to take with her from the harem to the king's palace.”
'When Mordecai _______ of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, Esther ______
put on _________ and ashes, and went out into the city wailing loudly
'Then the king extended the gold _______ to Esther and she arose and Esther ______
stood before him.”
'His wife ______ and all his friends said to him, 'Have a gallows built, Esther ______
seventy-five feet high, and ask the king in the morning to have ________
hanged on it. Then go with the king to the dinner and be _____.'”
'The Jews assembled in their ______ in all the provinces of King Xerxes Esther ______
to attack those seeking their destruction. No one could _____ against them,
because the people of all the other nationalities were ______ of them.”