Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 54 “Esther Becomes Queen”

Featured Passage: Esther 1-2

After the declaration of Cyrus the Great many of the Jews who had been carried away as captives by the Babylonians, returned from captivity to Jerusalem. Under the new Medo-Persian empire some Jews, like the man named Mordecai, chose to stay in the land. Mordecai was raising Hadassah (Esther), a very beautiful young woman who had been orphaned. During this time, Queen Vashti had refused the king’s command to come to him, and King Ahasuerus was searching the kingdom for a queen to replace her.

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  • Why was King Ahasuerus angry with Queen Vashti? What did his advisors tell him to do about it? 
  • Why do you think Esther was chosen to join the other young women in the palace? What special treatment was Esther given by Hegai, the custodian of the women? 
  • How did the King honor Esther as his chosen queen? 
  • Why do you think Mordecai told Esther not to reveal her Jewish identity?
  • What did Mordecai do to save the king’s life?

Memory Challenge: 

Esther 2:17 

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.