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Jacob Chronicles for Kids: Volume 1, Issue 17

Esther 4:13-14 Then Mordecai gave orders to say to Esther: “Just because you live in the king’s palace, don’t think that out of all the Jews you alone will escape. You might keep quiet at this time. Then someone else will help and save the Jews. But you and your father’s family will all die. And who knows, you may have been chosen queen for just such a time as this.” (ICB Version)

A shy Jewish girl named Hadassah lived in Shushan with her cousin, Mordecai. He raised her as his daughter after her father and mother died. She was lovely and beautiful. She was taken to the king's palace where she won favor and grace. King Ahasuerus of Persia loved her. He set the royal crown on her head. And she changed her name to

Esther, Queen of Persia.

Haman was the king's second in command. Princes and servants bowed to

him. Mordecai sat at the king's gate. And he would not bow. So Haman went to

the king and told him the Jews were not following the king's laws. The king agreed to have all the Jews killed.

Mordecai discovered Haman's plot. Mordecai asked Esther to approach the king and save their people. Esther knew it could mean death if she went to the king without being called by him. So Esther fasted for three days. Then she told the king about Haman's plot to kill the Jews. King Ahasuerus was angry. He had Haman hung on the gallows. The king's wrath faded. Everyone celebrated.

God chose Queen Esther to save His people. He had prepared her for this moment. Even though Esther felt afraid, she found the courage to help save the Jews.

You are a little princess in God's eyes. He has chosen you to do great things for His Kingdom. Trust God. He will give you courage like Esther to do what is right, even when it feels like the odds are against you.


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