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Jacob Chronicles for Kids: Volume 1, Issue 17

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. King Ahasuerus of Persia loved her. She obtained his grace and favor. He set the royal crown on her head. And she became Esther, queen of Persia.

Haman was the king’s second in command. Princes and servants bowed to him. But Mordecai, who sat at the king’s gate, would not bow.

Haman used his position to plot against Mordecai and all the Jews. For he was Amalekite, an enemy of the Jews from long ago. And he wanted to destroy them.

Haman went to the king and told him the Jews were not following the king’s laws. So the king agreed to have all the Jews destroyed.

Mordecai discovered Haman’s plot. He told queen Esther. Mordecai pleaded with her to approach the king and save their people.

But Esther knew it could mean death if she approached the king without being called by him. Then Mordecai told Esther she was born to save God’s people. Mordecai believed in her. Esther found courage. So she agreed.

After three days of fasting and praying, Esther approached the king. He held out his golden scepter and told her she could have up to half his kingdom. She invited the king and Haman to a banquet.

Esther told the king about Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews. King Ahasuerus was angry. For Mordecai had once warned the king when two of his doorkeepers plotted to lay hands on him.

The king ordered Haman to be hanged on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath faded.

Esther saved God’s people. So all the Jews celebrated with feasting, joy, and gifts.


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Parent Tip: Esther did the right thing. And because she chose to do the right thing, she helped save God's people. Ask your child: What influence do you possess to help others?

The Feast of Purim is an annual Jewish holiday. It is observed this year on March 7th. It commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman.

Click on Shushan for a bird's eye view of the setting of this true story.

Bake Hamantaschen cookies with your child for a taste of Jewish culture.

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