Esther Bible Study

Esther In The Bible - Who Was She?

Youth Esther Bible Study

This Esther Bible study will reveal to us many nuggets of wisdom about this remarkable woman of God.

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When studying the Bible book of Esther from the Old Testament, you will come to realise that all women can relate in some or other way to Esther. She loved to dress up, had her beauty routines, could plan well... but she also faced difficulties and uncertainties in her life.

We'll study some characteristics of Queen Esther and see how it relates to our every day life.

5 Characteristics Of Esther

1 - Esther was a Beauty Queen
2 - Esther was willing to accept advice
3 - Esther could make some Awesome Plans
4 - Esther cared more for other people than for her own safety
5 - Esther had courage

1 - Esther was a beauty Queen

Esther 2:7b "This girl, who was also known as Esther, was lovely in form and feature,..."

12 "Before a girl's turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics."

Through this Esther Bible study we learn that when Esther was crowned as queen, she had more freedom than all the other girls in the palace. Although she had more freedom, she only had few rights, because she replaced the former queen who became too assertive. Esther's beauty pleased the King enough to crown her as queen in Vashti's place.

2 - Esther was willing to accept advice

(This section touches on the topic of decision making)

Esther 2:20 "But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai's instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up."

It's good to learn from a person with a success story - like in this Esther Bible study.

Young people are exploring their identities and are not always keen on accepting advice from grown-ups. Now: not all advice are good advice, but encourage your kids to take all the good advice, like Esther did, and to follow that advice.

God has planned out our lives. He knows the end, the destination, and he has placed people in certain positions to cross our paths at just the right times. Open your spiritual eyes and mind and take advice from the right people on the right times in your life.

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3 - Esther could make some awesome plans

(This topic emphasizes the necessity of prayer)

Esther 5:3-5 "Then the King asked, What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.
If it pleases the king, replied Esther, let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.
Bring Haman at once, the king said, so that we may do what Esther asks."

In this Esther Bible study we can see that planning involves preparation. Before Esther approached the king, she gathered support and fasted with fellow Jews. When we face difficult times or experience struggles, we should also turn to fellow believers for support.

Not many people are prepared to share their hurt and trials in life, because they fear rejection. This is so unnecessary! Your yoke will be lighter if you share and the bonus - you can gain strength from the bond that unites you with your fellowship group.

Also, when someone else who is going through a tough time, approach you - be there for him/her. Give your support! We do need each other.

(Leave room for discussion or witnessing.)

Not only did Esther plan the whole visit to the king very carefully, she also carried through her plans. God only works through people who step out and are willing! He cannot use us if we get stuck in our planning phases. We need to actually move on.

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Esther cared more for other people than for her own safety

(This shows how it is possible to stand up for the right things in life - peer pressure topic)

Esther 5:1-2 "On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king's hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter."

Esther risked her security when she decided to approach the king. Why? Because she found her ultimate security and safety in God. Her security definately did not lie in her possessions, position, beauty or her reputation.

What if the king decided not to hold out his scepter? It would cost her life!

What can we learn from this Esther Bible study? To be unselfish and not to remain silent when it is time to stand up for what is right. All of us are "saving" ourselves from time to time. We should however not look at possible consequences when we are facing situations where we must choose between right and wrong. We must commit ourselves to always do the right thing, "no matter what".

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Esther had courage

Esther 4:11 "All the king's officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man of woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that he be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold sceptre to him and spare his life."

15 "Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: Go, gather all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat of drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."

Courage is only needed when you face a difficult situation. Courage is something that all of us want! Esther risked her life, because not even the fact that she was rich or that she held a political position, could guarantee her safety. Safety comes only from God. Esther had to put her trust in God for this dangerous mission.

You and I should be inspired by Esther's example and act in confidence the next time we're faced with a situation that requires tons of courage.

There is one element of faith that is essential in making a decision which requires courage. This is that we must believe, just like Esther and Mordecai, that God will care for us and if we act in His will, we must trust that He will do His part.

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End: Esther Bible Study

NEW: Esther Coloring Page

Enjoy this easy to print Esther coloring page with your Bible study. Original design by your Fueling Christian Life artist.

NEW: Esther Worksheet!

When you finished the Bible study, you will be having fun completing the Esther In The Bible Worksheet which consists of a short summary of the Esther story where you need to fill in the missing names. Also on the worksheet is a cryptogram to keep the kids entertained for some time - an excellent team building activity. All the answers to the worksheet is on the PDF printout-page. Enjoy!

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