Lesson 81: Esther - Part 2
Esther and her Uncle Mordecai were very sad because Haman was trying to make trouble for Mordecai and the Jewish people. Mordecai told Esther that she must go before the king and ask him to save her and her people. This was very hard for Esther to do because no one was supposed to go before the king unless the king called for them. But Esther knew she must try to save her people (Esther 4:13-17). Esther went in before the king and the king held out his golden sceptre to her, which meant it was okay for Esther to see the king. Esther asked the king to come to two dinner parties that she would prepare for him. She also asked the king to have Haman come to the parties, too. Esther told the king she would tell him what she wanted after the parties were over.
The king and Haman went to both of Esther's parties and after the parties were over, the king asked Esther what she wished him to do for her. Esther asked him to spare her life and the lives of her people, the Jews, because someone was planning to take her life and the lives of all her people, the Jews. The king was very angry and asked who this person was that wanted to destroy her people. Esther told the king that it was Haman. The king looked at Haman and told his servants to take Haman out of the palace and put him to death. The king told Esther that none of the Jewish people would be hurt. Esther was very thankful to the king. So Esther and Mordecai and the Jews were happy once again.
- What did Esther ask the king and Haman to come to?
- What did Esther want the king to do?
- Who was the wicked man that wanted to destroy the Jews?