Part 1: Opening Prayer
Part 2: Story
Here is an overview of the story of Esther:
And here is another telling of the story:
And here is an interesting song about Esther:
Part 3: Message
Read the story of Esther here.
Esther and Mordecai were Jews living in the Persian Empire in the capital city of Susa. This book is very interesting and tells a tale of reversal.
Esther is a story of believing we were born with a purpose, as the song above says. Esther did not want to become queen or the wife of the king but through her doing what she must, God worked a saving of her uncle Mordecai and the saving of her national people.
Esther is a story of fear and overcoming that fear and a story of believing in yourself and knowing when to stand up.
Here is a wonderful exposition on the book of Esther:
Part 4: Learn and Engage
Answer these questions in the comment section below:
- Is the name of God ever mentioned in the book of Esther?
- How can a story be in the Bible and not mention the name of God?
- If you were Esther would you have had the courage to go before the king, knowing it could lead to your death?
- Have you ever had to face your fears?
- Do you know you can do more than you think you can?
- What can you learn from Esther?
Part 5: Closing Prayer
Gracious and most holy God, help us to know that are fears can not hold us back, and you have created for moments like the one we saw Esther in. Help us to walk faithfully with you, knowing that you are guiding us and leading us, and that you will never leave us nor forsake us. You will give us the strength and the courage to face our fears and to do what we must so that all will come to know your love. Fill us with your Spirit and guide us in your love so that we can be like Esther. Amen.
And here if you would like to view is the VeggieTales version of Esther: