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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Esther – Thou Art Come for Such a Time as This

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As Mordecai later discovered, we may never know the blessings that come to us from the good deeds we do. We may never know how strong or courageous we are until we are pushed to our limits like Esther was. But when we trust in the Lord, we can be part of His plans to bless His people. Our Come Follow Me family home evening lessons each week help you teach your family important gospel principles. This FHE lesson includes three different plans.

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Scripture

Esther 4:14

Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

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I Will Be Valiant | Children’s Songbook, page 162

The Lord needs valiant servants,
To do his work in the latter day,
Who follow the teachings of Jesus
And serve his people in a loving way.
I will be his servant
And keep my cov’nants valiantly.
I’ll stand for truth. I’ll stand for right.
The Lord can depend on me.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Video: The king of Persia searched the land for a new queen. Mordecai, who had raised his little cousin Esther from the time she was a child, brought Esther to the king as a potential new queen without telling him that they were Jewish. Watch this video to see how she was in the right place at the right time to courageously stand up for her people.

Ask: How did Esther prepare herself to face the king? [She fasted, and requested her people to fast, for three days.]

What can we do when we get sad or scared to help us feel more peace and know we aren’t alone when things are hard? [We can always pray. We can request our family’s support to pray for us, too.]

Teach: In life, we will be met sometimes by people who want to influence our decisions. Sometimes we will have to be careful about whose ideas we listen to.

The king’s advisor Haman gave the king bad advice and encouraged him to do wicked things (like when he convinced the king to set a date by which all of the Jews in all of the land should be killed because he wanted revenge against Mordecai, Esther 3:8-11).

Queen Esther, with great courage, requested the king to protect her people and reverse the earlier decree. She went to the king’s inner court to make her request even though she knew there was a law that if the king refused to see her while he was there, she could be killed (Esther 4:11, 13, 14, 16-17).

Esther was frightened, but she listened to Mordecai (her cousin who raised her like a daughter).

Ask: How can we tell whose advice we should listen to? How do we know which influences to trust? [Does the advice match what you already know to be true? We can pray for guidance. Keep the Holy Ghost with us. Fast about it. Check out the sources for who can be trusted.]

Testify: If we have courage and faith to do what is right, like Queen Esther, we can help other people make good choices too (like the king did). Having courage means we better fulfill the purposes in life our Heavenly Father gives to us to accomplish.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: The king of Persia sought a new queen. He was not a Jew, but his kingdom included many Jews who had previously been conquered by this reigning regime.

His advisors told him to collect young ladies from all over the kingdom (rather like the fairytale Cinderella) to choose a new queen among them. (Esther 2:2-3)

Among the young ladies brought to the king was a beautiful Jewish woman named Esther. Her cousin Mordecai, who raised her like a daughter after her parents died when she was young, brought her to the king. But he did not leave her alone there. Every day he checked on her welfare.

Read: Esther 2:11

And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.

Explain: Because Mordecai was there every day, he was around enough that started to piece together a plot being hatched among two of the king’s guards to kill the king.

Read: Esther 2:21

In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

Mordecai then passed that information on.

Read: Esther 2:22-23

And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name. And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

Ask: How is Mordecai benefitted by protecting the king from his guards’ plot to kill him? [He’s not. In fact, perhaps if the king were killed, Esther could be sent home and not have to live away from her family and people anymore.]

So, why did Mordecai do it? [It’s clearly the right thing to do.]

Have you ever had a time where doing the right thing could hurt you, but you did it anyway because it was right and kept your integrity intact? [e.g., Returning to a store to pay for something you weren’t charged for, or giving back the extra change you were given; telling a teacher they gave you too high a score on an exam, etc.]

Teach: Mordecai had no idea then how his act of kindness would come back to bless him and his people.

Sometime later when the whole incident had slipped his mind, the king had a night where he couldn’t sleep. He asked his servants to bring him the book of chronicles and read it to him.

Read: Esther 6:1-3

On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

Explain: When the king was reminded about the man, Mordecai, who had uncovered the plot on his life, the king wanted to know how the man had been thanked. His servants told him that Mordecai had never been thanked for saving the king’s life.

The king knew he wanted to do something to honor Mordecai. What he did not know was that Haman, a chief advisor, had a huge grudge against Mordecai because Mordecai would not bow to him. Haman felt he deserved the honor, but Mordecai would not bow to any man, only to God.

Read: Esther 3:5

And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

Explain: Haman’s wrath against Mordecai was the driving force behind his plot to have all of the Jews in the land killed. When Mordecai refused to bow to him again, however, Haman felt he couldn’t wait until the decree was fulfilled and had a gallows built specifically for Mordecai. All he needed was the king’s go-ahead, and he would have Mordecai hanged immediately. Haman went to the king to make this request when the king called him in to ask him about something else.

Read: Esther 6:6

And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

Explain: Haman figured the king wanted to reward him for his great work and loyal service (Haman was pretty full of himself), so he started telling the king everything he should do and give to the man the king wanted to honor.

Haman told the king to give this man the best clothes, his horse, a crown, and to ride him through the streets telling everyone how favored he was of the king.

What Haman didn’t know, however, was that the king didn’t want to honor Haman, but Mordecai, the Jew.

Read: Esther 6:10

Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

Explain: The king loved the idea and told Haman to do exactly all of that to Mordecai.

Defeated, Haman did as the king directed. Afterward, he dejectedly walked home, forgetting all about the banquet Queen Esther had invited him and the king to attend. The servants reminded him and he was brought back to the banquet. There, Queen Esther explained that Haman’s plot to kill all of the Jews would include killing her, Mordecai (the newly favored man who saved the king’s life), and all of their people.

When the king saw what Haman’s plan was all along, and who he planned to hurt, he was extremely angry. Haman himself, however, had provided the king with his solution.

Read: Esther 7:9-10

And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.

Testify: Mordecai received no reward for saving the king’s life. He did it because it was the right thing to do, but in the long run, Mordecai’s kindness not only saved the king’s life, but his own as well. We may never know in this life how doing the right thing blesses us in this life, but our King in Heaven surely has blessings in store for us if we commit to having integrity and doing what is right.

Conversely, Haman was hanged on his own gallows. We may not see the immediate consequences of our wrong choices either, but just like Haman, it will always catch up to us–in this life or the next. Obedience and repentance through Jesus Christ are our only hope for freedom and finding favor in our King’s sight.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Video: This video depicts Queen Esther’s faith and courage. Watch how she trusts in the Lord knowing even if she dies in her attempt to save her people, that she has done all she could do.

Journal or Consider: We don’t have control over how people will respond to us when we speak the truth. We can’t be held responsible for how other people respond. We are, however, responsible to do our best to have integrity in our words and actions.

What area of your life needs this level of courage? Commit to doing what is right, regardless of the consequences.

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