TITLE OF THE BOOK: The Book of Esther
TYPE OF BOOK: Jerusalem Bible
SETTING: Land of Persia, King’s gate
CHARACTERS: HADASSAH\ESTHER- Persia’s queen, Mordecai’s cousin. MORDECAI- Queen Esther’s cousin, King Xerxes’ worker. KING XERXES- king of Persia QUEEN VASHTI- former queen of Persia
MORAL LESSON: Be brave whatever happens.
Mordecai visit her cousin, Hadassah and invited to live at there home. Mordecai worked for the King Xerxes of Persia. Everyday he sat in the gate of the King’s palace and answered the questions of the people who came asking for help. Hadassah grew up, a happy, helpful pretty girl, and because Hadassah was like a shining star, Mordecai change her name to Esther.
Queen Vashti the queen of Persia since she lost her royalty when she refuses to come at the King’s commandment by his chamberlains, King Xerxes was planning to choose a queen, in replacement of Queen Vashti. Easter was one of the beautiful maidens called to be gathered at the palace. Mordecai watched and so confident that none as beautiful as her cousin Easter, with the King’s own hand he chooses her and placed a golden crown with pearls on her head.
Queen Easter lives in the Queen’s house in the palace gardens of the king. As Easter went over the rules of the palace, there was one very strict rule it said that no one must go in before the king unless invited, that person would be put to death, unless the King held out the golden scepter to him/her.
A terrible thing happened in the land of Persia. A law was passed that on a certain day all of God’s people would be killed. A messenger sent by Mordecai telling Queen Esther to go in before the king and asked that God’s people be saved. But she refused to the request of her cousin because she was afraid of the King’s rule. Later Queen Esther decided to see the king, together with her maids, Mordecai with his friends, and God’s people through out Persia prayed for three before she came to see the king.
Slowly Queen Esther walked down a long hall to the throne room of the king. The king scowled when he heard someone was coming. Who would dare to come before him uninvited? He ordered to take the person away. The King smiled when he saw that it was lovely Queen Esther who has come to see him and held out the golden scepter. Esther came near and touched the scepter, and then the king asked her request, he even promises to grant up to the half of the kingdom. Queen Esther invited him to come to her house to a special dinner. At the dinner she asked the king to save God’s people. The king made a new law and God’s people were saved. Messengers on mules, camels, horses and some on foot raced through the land in spreading the good news. God’s people shouted for joy.