Aim of lessonTo show that God’s standard of who is important may be different from ours. ‘Unimportant’ people become important when God uses them.
Outline of lessonWho Is a VIP?You could begin by asking the class about their ideas of Very Important Persons. The story of Esther can tell us a lot about God’s ideas of who is
important. It can help us to see if we are nobodies or VIPs.
Life In exileThough a large number of exiles went back to Jerusalem and Judah with Zerubbabel, many remained in exile. Esther was brought up by her
cousin Mordecai in the royal city of Susa in south west Persia. Mordecai’s grandfather had been taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar at the same
time as Ezekiel. They lived in exile for three generations.
The events at courtThe acrostics and their clues in the workbook can be used to form, with the class, a simple outline of the events in the book of Esther.
Appropriate sections of the text can be referred to as the class consider the words needed to complete the outline. The answers are as follows:
The rise to fameAsk the class to consider in what way Esther could be thought of as a nobody. She was a foreigner. Her land and people were now ruled by the
powerful Persian empire. She was an orphan. Later in the story she and her people were condemned to death. The Jews then were considered
as having the same value as they had under Hitler. But Esther became a very important person. Superficially she became important because
she became queen and had all the expensive trappings of rank. However, her real importance was that she was used by God in his purpose of
The class should use the questions in the workbook to note the contrast between the view point of Esther as a nobody and as a VIP.
The value of a personUse the previous discussion to ask the class to begin to consider the value of a person in God’s sight. Rank and expensive robes do not make
anyone important to God, but God can use the lowliest of people in his plan. We all can be part of God’s plan if we accept his invitation. This will
make us very important people in a lasting way.
Digging deeperHaman and MordecaiHaman’s ancestors were Amalekites, and this section looks at the relationship between the Jews and the Amalekites in the past, and a possible
reason for his particular dislike of Mordecai (he was a Benjamite, the same as Saul).
Relevance to our livesThe class could start to think of the Very Important People whom they meet each week – people God sent his Son to die for.
Prayer‘Thank you, Lord, that I am important to you.’
The class could write a prayer Esther might have said before going in to appeal to the king.
A newspaper report of the changes at the palace could be written.
The reaction of a Jewish family receiving news of the two proclamations could be dramatised.
The class may like to look at Mark 8:35-38, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 or Philippians 3:8-9 and consider how they relate to today’s lesson.
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