Queen Risks All For Her People

Queen Risks All For Her People

 (Bible Overview #4 of 54)

One Main Truth:  God will place you in a special position created just for you to bring Him glory

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1 GAME: Red Light Green Light

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  Game Winner Chose to Help Everyone in the Game / Esther Chose to Help Everyone in the Bible / You can Choose to Help     Everyone in your Life

    1. Note: You need enough prizes for every player.
      2. Show Players the starting line and finish line for the game.
      3. Direct all the Players to stand in line behind the starting line.
      4. Explain that when the Game Zone Leader shouts “Green Light,” Players can run towards the finish line. When the Game Zone Leader shouts “Red Light,” Players should         stop immediately. Players who do not stop at “Red Light” return to the starting line to restart.
      5. Have the Game Zone Leader alternate between shouting “Green Light” and “Red Light.” The first Player to reach where the Game Zone Leader is standing wins.
      6. Play several rounds.
      7. Note: After a few rounds, announce that there will be a special prize for the winner, whoever crosses the line first.  The player who crosses the line first is given a choice –
          1) get the original prize or,  2) allow everyone to be set free and also cross the line and everyone wins a prize.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth-Esther 2-5; 7; 9:20-22

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    Game Winner Chose to Help Everyone in the Game / Esther Chose to Help Everyone in the Bible / You can Choose to Help     Everyone in your Life

Enemy’s Plot: King Xerxes had a right hand man named Haman. He gained favour with the king so much so that the royal officials were ordered by the king to bow to Haman when he passed. But Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, refused to bow. This made Haman so angry that he began to plot to kill not only Mordecai, but also all of the Jews of the kingdom. That included Queen Esther, even though the king didn’t know it yet.  He manipulated the king to send out a decree that all Jews should be destroyed.  Not knowing
that his own queen was a Jew, the king passed a law that the Jews could be attacked.

Esther’s Dare Step: Mordecai heard of the plan and went straight to Esther. He asked her to use her position to save the Jews. Esther might not have forgotten what had happened to queen Vasthi who had displeased King Xerxes yet she took a courageous step. So she urged all of the Jews to fast and pray for deliverance. Then Esther risked her own life.  She bravely approached the king with a plan. Fortunately the King did not reject her.  In fact he told her he would give her anything she requested. Esther
could not ask him to change his own law (which would have killed the Jews) but she set forth a plan before him and leaves the discussion to him.  The king granted her request to give Haman a banquet the next day.  Haman was thrilled to be invited to a banquet with the king but he was filled with rage when he noticed that Mordecai still refused to bow to him. Before coming to the banquet, Haman ordered a gallows (pole) built on which to hang Mordecai.  Finally in the banquet Esther shared the secret
that she herself was a Jew. She begged the king to spare her people. The king came to know that Haman had built gallows to have Mordecai hanged. The king was furious with Haman and ordered that he be hanged on those gallows. Haman’s pride and cruelty had led to his own destruction and the brave, young Esther could save her people.

Celebration: There was great rejoicing, and an annual festival was celebrated in the honour of Esther’s courage and the deliverance of the Jews.  This festival was called Purim.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    Game Winner Chose to Help Everyone in the Game / Esther Chose to Help Everyone in the Bible You can Choose to Help     Everyone in your Life

Memory Verse:  “If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die.  Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?“  Esther 4:14

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 
That was a fun game! Tell me who won the last round of the game? (play comes forward) Ask that player if they chose to share with all the other
players? (if “no” that was your choice, if “yes” that was so kind!) Let’ discover the choice made by Queen Esther. 

2. Bible
[What was Haman’s plan concerning Mordecai and all the Jews? What did Mordecai ask queen Esther to do? What was queen Esther’s response? What did Esther do for of her people? Did she choose to save herself or did she choose to save all her people?] 

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, please use my life to help others and make a difference in the lives of others show me who needs your help *pause*.  Please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
(click here for worship songs “GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
David was a king after God’s own Heart. Esther was a Queen who had the courage to obey God. Who is this God that they so faithfully served? Next week you will find out..

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