Today's Esther Bible lesson is for grades 1 & 2, but I have used
it for K-5. For this lesson, I set up the room like the inside of a palace, and
we act it out. Well, the kids act it out while I tell the Bible lesson.
I used the Disney princess background on one wall, set up the
king & queen chairs and the table with rings and cheap beaded necklaces for
the students to use and take home. I also made wood scepters and painted
them gold (in orange pot on the left) for them to take home (see end of
lesson). I also had crown for them to use, and paper crowns for them to take
The other side of the room was set up for the feast. A table
with table cloth, glass and [gold] dishes to hold the feast that Esther might
have had. Cheese, crackers, lots of fruit, drink boxes, etc. They love anytime
they get food in class! Watch for those allergies, though. The red in the lesson below, is for the students
Before starting the lesson, I gave the students a paper
with a scroll on it and said: Write down a law that
you would make if you were a king or queen. (Set aside.)
At the end of the of
the lesson (if there is time), I ask them to write another law that if they were king or queen
they would make, and it should be for the good of the people.
how to say their name:
King Ahasuerus: A-has-u-e’-rus
Uncle Mordecai: Mor’-de-ki
First wife: Vashti: Vash’-tee
Verse: The king loved Esther more
than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight
more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her
queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:17 (NKJV)
Bible Scripture: Book of Esther
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Background (I talked while they
were getting ready):
When King Ahasuerus (AKA Xerxes)
had been king for 3 years, he had a
feast for his officials and servants. He showed them how great his kingdom was.
It lasted 180 days! When that feast was over, he had another feast that lasted
7 days. His queen, Queen Vashti, had a feast for the women in the royal palace.
On the seventh day, the king was feeling happy and told some men to bring in
Queen Vashti to him, wearing her crown, so he could show his friends how
beautiful she was.
queen refused to go to the king and he was angry! Nobody refuses the king !The king
asked his wise men what he should do for this insult. They told him that she
not only wronged the king, but the princes and the people. Her refusal would be
known to all the women in the province and they will look down on their
husbands. They told the king to make a new decree. If the queen would not come
to the king, then the king would give her royal position to another that
deserves it more. So, the king sent out letters to the provinces in their own
servants gathered all the beautiful young women for the king to choose a new
queen. Mordecai was raising his cousin (his uncle’s daughter Esther 2:7),
Esther, because her parents had been killed. She was beautiful. She was taken
with the other women for the king to see, and he liked her. He moved her to the
best place for the women in the palace. But she did not tell the king about her
people. Mordecai had told her not to mention that her family was Jewish.
Mordecai walked in front of where the women were so he could learn how Esther
was. It took the
women a whole year to get ready to go before the king! (KEY
POINT))) Once a woman went before the king, she couldn’t go before him
again, unless HE called for her by name.
Now, in the seventh year (4 years later) of his reign, Esther
gets to go before him again. The king loved her more than all the other women.
(2:16) He put the crown on her head and made her the queen, instead of Vashti.
He made a great feast and called it “Feast of Esther”. (Have
the king crown Esther & give jewels and Esther sits in queen chair)
After a time, when Mordecai was sitting out by the gate, he
overheard two of the king’s doorkeepers talking. They were angry at the
king and wanted to kill him. Mordecai told Queen Esther about this and she told
the king what Mordecai had told her. When an investigation was done, they were
both hanged! (Key pointJ)))
After that, Haman
was made second in command to the king.
When Haman walked in the king’s gate, everyone bowed to
him…except for Mordecai. This made Haman so angry, and when he found out that
Mordecai was a Jew, he decided to kill all the Jews!
Haman talked the king into making a new decree to kill the
Jews for not keeping the king’s laws. He said their laws were different and it
wasn’t right to have their own laws. So the king gave his signet ring to Haman
so he could write a new decree which they sent out into the provinces.
The Jews mourned this new law, especially Mordecai. Queen
Esther was very upset when she heard and sent one of her men to ask Mordecai
why this happened. Mordecai explained everything and asked for Queen Esther to
go before the king and plead with him for her people. Except that everyone knew
that there was a law about going in to the inner court to see the king. If he
did not hold out his scepter to you, you would die. Esther had not been called
to see the king for a month.
Queen Esther told Mordecai to have all the Jews to fast, not
eat or drink, for 3 days. She would also do this with her maids. And then…she
would go into the king, and if he didn’t hold out the scepter, she would die.
(Have the queen go into see the king. King holds out
scepter) On the third
day, she put on her robes and when the king saw her, he held out his scepter!
She went close to the scepter and touched it. Think about how she had to be
feeling. Her heart had to be racing and she had to be scared, but she did it!
The king said “What do you wish, Queen Esther? Anything you want, up to half of the kingdom, I will give
She asked if the king and Haman would come to a banquet that she
has made ready for today. The king called Haman to come quickly and they went
to the banquet. (Eat at banquet) While
they ate, the king asked her what her petition was. She told him that she would
like them to come to a banquet again the next day. (Pic
(Haman needs to brag!) Haman went
home that night and bragged to his wife and friends about his position with the
king and his power. He told them about how Queen Esther had a banquet just for
him and the king! But he told them “I just can’t stand to see that Jew,
Mordecai, sitting at the king’s gate not bowing down to me.”
wife and friends suggested that he build a gallows and hang Mordecai on it. He
liked that idea, so he started building it.
That night, King
Ahazerus couldn’t sleep, so he had the records book brought to him. He
read about Mordecai saving him from the two gate keepers plans to kill
him. The king asked his servants what had been done as a thank you
and they told him nothing. Haman had just come to the court, so King
Ahazerus told him to enter. The king asked Hamaan: “What should be done to
honor someone that helped the king?” Haman told the king that he should wear
royal robes on a horse that the king has ridden and wear a crown. Then parade
him around in the city telling everyone that “The king is honoring this man!”
(Haman leads Mordecai and is NOT happy) Haman
thought this would be for him, but the king told him to go get Mordecai and do
this for Mordecai! Even worse, Hamaan was the one that had to lead the horse and tell everyone
that this man is being honored by the king! Haman was so upset! And then, right
when he had finished showing off Mordecai, Haman was told to go to the next
banquet with the king and queen.
During this second banquet, the king asked Queen Esther
what she wanted, up to half of the kingdom. She told the king “If I have found favor with you,
to spare me and my people.” The king asked her who would dare to do such
a thing, and she said the wicked man is Haman. (Pic of
finger pointing at Haman.) (Have king step
away & have Haman begging Esther.) The king was so angry, he went to
the garden to think and while he was there, Haman begged the queen to save him.
He fell across the couch just when the king came back in and
that made him even angrier! He shouted “Now you will attack the queen too?”
One of the servants saw the gallows and told the king they
were being built for Mordecai, so the king said “Hang Haman on it!” So, they
hanged Haman instead!
The king gave Mordecai his signet ring and gave him
Haman’s position (remind them it was second in command after the king.) (King gives ring to Mordecai.) And Queen Esther
once again went to see the king. He held out his scepter and she explained
about the law Haman had made about killing the Jews. He told Mordecai to write
out a new law and seal it with the king’s signet ring that no one else can
change and save your people.
And that document was sent out into all the provinces.
Key point))) And these things that happened were written in the king’s
books and Queen Esther and Mordecai was well liked and considered great among the people. (King writes in an old book and a ‘letter’ is sent out.)
One of the items for the students to take home is scepters.
This is what I used:
5/8" wood doll pin stand
5/8" wood doll pin head
1/2" wood dowel rod
I use Aleene's Tacky Glue for all my craft/hobby projects.
You can see from the photo how I put the pieces together to form the end. After
the glue dried, I painted them gold. Super easy and lots of fun for the kids!