From Orphan Girl to Queen

From Orphan Girl to Queen

 (Bible Overview #3 of 54)

One Main Truth:  God looks at the heart

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1 GAME: Big Shirt Relay

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game, True power is from within  In the Bible, True Beauty is from Within  /  In your Life, God lives within Your Heart

  1. Divide children into 4 teams, have 4 large men’s t-shirts.
    2. First player puts on shirt (over clothes) runs to the other side and comes back and gives the t-shirt to the next player.
    3. When a all team members have run have the players sit down. The first team with all the player sitting down is the winner.
    4. [Note to the Coach: Whatever team won give the winning t-shirt to the slowest team.]
    5. Run the race again.  Repeat this several times.  Soon the players will realize that whoever is the fastest will win the game, not the team with the “winning t-shirt”]
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Esther 1

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:   In the Game, True power is from within  /  In the Bible, True Beauty is from Within  /  In your Life, God lives within Your Heart

It was the time when Jews of were taken into captivity in Babylon (modern day Iraq) by King Nebuchadnezzar. Later the Babylonian empire was conquered by King Cyrus the great.  When he came to power, he issued the decree to allow the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the temple.

An Orphan: Esther was a young Jewish slave girl who lived in the Persian city of Shushan. Many years before, Esther’s family had also been taken as captives from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.  When Esther’s parents died, the orphaned child was adopted and raised by her older cousin Mordecai. Esther honoured her cousin and obeyed him as a good daughter. Mordecai served in the Persian ruler’s palace.  Esther must have had a very difficult childhood but, God had a plan for her life.

Mordecai was a Jewish man who loved and obeyed the one true God. Since he loved and obeyed the one true God he also taught Esther to love and obey God.

Queen Vashti Deposed: One day the king, Xerxes, threw a lavish party.  He calls his queen Vashti wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and guests.  But the queen refused to appear before Xerxes.  Filled with anger, King deposed Queen Vashti, forever removing her from his palace.

A New Queen: King Xerxes hosted a royal beauty contest to select a new queen. She was to be the most beautiful woman in the land. All the beautiful young girls in the kingdom were gathered together and taken care of in the palace for one year. Esther was very beautiful so Mordecai sent Esther to prepare to meet the king. During this whole process, Esther did not reveal the fact that she was Jewish. She won the favor of everyone who saw her along and with the King and so he chose Esther to be his queen.  He chose her for her beauty, but God placed Esther in the exact place because he knew her heart. God can do amazing things in difficult circumstances through those who will yield to His plan, trust in Him, obey His Word and walk with Him every day.  

God has a plan for our lives too. His purpose for placing each one of us on this earth is to glorify Him. He has given us gifts, talents that we can use to help others see that God exists and wants them to be a part of His family too. 

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game, True power is from within  /  In the Bible, True Beauty is from Within  /  In your Life, God lives within Your Heart

Memory Verse:  “But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”  1 Peter 3:4

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
Did the same t-shirt win every time?
Did the “winning t-shirt” win every time?
Does it matter what is worn on the outside or what is inside the t-shirt?

2. Bible
The king may have been looking on the outside, yet what was God looking for?

 

3. Life
Repeat after me: “God thank you for teaching us today that God you look on the inside.  God show me how to be beautiful and strong on the inside *Pause* God thank you that you have a good plan for my life”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Give each child strips of yellow chart paper and staple the strips together for them. Ask children make a crown and decorate.  When everybody completes making it encourage them to wear their crowns and pretend to be kings and queens

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