Purim is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated every year. In 2015, Purim will be observed on March 4th and 5th. During the celebration, Jewish people give to the poor, share food with friends and relatives, read the Bible Book of Esther, and follow special Purim customs.
The Book of Esther tells the story of a Jewish girl who became a queen. But the king did not know that Esther and her family were Jewish.
Followers of God have always had enemies. In some countries today, non-Christians want to get rid of all the Christians in their country. In Esther’s time, Haman was an enemy who wanted to rid the kingdom of Jews.
The rules of the kingdom said that the king could put to death anyone who appeared before him without his permission. But Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, told her that she must try to plead with the king to save their people.
God may have allowed Esther to become the queen just so she could save her people. “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Mordecai said.
Esther bravely appeared before the king, he listened to her, and her people were spared.
- Why might Esther not have wanted to appear before the king, even though it was the right thing to do?
- What are some things that you don’t like to do, even though they are the right things to do? Are your tasks as difficult or as risky as Esther’s?
- Have you ever been scared to tell someone the truth?
- Esther told the king about the struggles of her people. Can you tell another Christian something you have learned about the struggles of Christians around the world? Would you ask them to pray for persecuted Christians?