Esther

Teach courage, faith Teach courage, faith, obedience and other positive character traits through the Learning DVD on The Story of Esther.

What would you do if your uncle asked you to risk your life to save the lives of your countrymen?  That was the deadly dilemma confronting the young Queen Esther as retold in this inspiring video about challenges of one of the Bible’s most courageous women. Queen Esther’s courage and wisdom help her to turn a tragedy into an occasion of victory and celebration.

A great resource to use at home for family devotions, in Sunday School any time of the year, during Vacation Bible School, or as a supplement to your home school curriculum.

Each Interactive The Story Of Esther DVD features:
All features offered in English and Spanish
English and Spanish movie and subtitles and audio dialog
Have fun learning history and character with 3-Level Interactive Quiz

Bonus Offer – Each The Story Of Esther DVD includes a Free Instant Download of our 64 Page Activity and Coloring book

Ofra-Haza-Queen-In-Exile.mp3

“Queen In Exile” by: Ofra Haza
 

“. . .for such a time as this.”
 

– Esther 4:14 (NIV)
All intrigue, danger and excitement of life in the royal palace of ancient Persia comes alive in this dramatic and inspiring story of the faithfulness of Esther. The book of Esther is an epic adventure about a young Jewish orphan who rises from peasant to Queen of Persia, only to face the annihilation of her people. She appears in the Bible as a woman of deep faith, courage and patriotism, ultimately willing to risk her life for her adoptive father, Mordecai, and for the Jewish people.

Learn about the excitement, danger, and intrigue of life in the royal palace, as ancient Persia comes alive in this dramatic and inspiring Old Testament story!

Did You Know?

  • Esther was an orphan who was raised by her cousin, Mordecai
  • Studies on the book of Esther confirm that Hadassah was Esther’s original name
  • The name Esther means “star” (Esther was most likely given that name because she was as beautiful as the Evening Star)

 


Main Characters:

Mordecai, Esther, King Xerxes, Haman, & Hegai

Scriptural References:
Esther 1:1-19, Esther 2:2-19, Esther 4:1-16, Esther 5:1-4, Esther 7:3-10, & Esther 8:2

Overall Theme:
God chooses a young woman, the kind and beautiful Esther, to save His people from destruction.  Queen Esther, however, has to risk her life to do God’s will.  Esther’s courage and wisdom are rewarded by God as tragedy turns to triumph and celebration for God’s people.

Summary:
Mordecai, a Hebrew, is the gatekeeper at the palace of a great Babylonian king.  A woman brings him an orphaned infant girl named Esther.  Mordecai raises her as his own daughter, devoutly praying that God care for her.

Years pass, and Esther grows into a kind and beautiful young woman.  King Xerxes has ascended to the Babylonian throne, with the evil Haman as his principal adviser.  Xerxes has banished his wife, and sends for all of the young women in the kingdom so that he may choose a new wife.

At first Mordecai is reluctant to send Esther to Xerxes.  But God has chosen Esther for great things, so Mordecai prepares Esther for her meeting with the King.  He warns her never to reveal that she is a Jew.

Xerxes finds Esther beautiful, and makes her his Queen.  Over time, Esther helps King Xerxes to understand that in order to be a great king, he must be kind and generous.  But evil is at work in Haman, who declares that everyone in the kingdom must bow down before him.

Mordecai refuses, declaring that as a Jew he will bow to no one except his God.  This enrages Haman, who vows to destroy all the Jews.  He goes to Xerxes and falsely claims there is a plot among the Jews to overthrow the kingdom.  Mordecai overhears Xerxes give Haman permission to hang all the Jews.

Mordecai asks Esther to intervene.  Queen Esther asks all of the Jews to fast for three days, knowing that her confrontation with the King and Haman will result in her death.  The brave Esther declares to the King that she is a Jew.  She tells him the Jews wish the King no harm,  only want to worship their God in peace.

Haman demands her instant death but Xerxes, filled with Esther’s goodness and God’s love, believes her.  Instead, Haman is executed on the gallows that he had erected for the Jews.  King  Xerxes embraces Esther with love and gratitude, and rewards the good Mordecai by making him his second in command.

Background:
Strengthened by God, Esther and Mordecai lived during a time of great despair.  Haman discovered that God’s plans will not be thwarted by man’s schemes.  God had promised the Jews they would be a great nation and brought deliverance through Esther.

Esther reminds us also that God is faithful to His promises; His plans will never be derailed by our circumstances.

BONUS Resource & Activity Books

Each interactive DVD includes a 48-page Resource & Activity Book  full of skill-developing activities, word games, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Provides hours of fun and learning for the entire family! The special “Certificate of Achievement” located in the back of the book serves as an excellent award your child can display after completing the activities.

DVD Chapter Index:

  1. Mordecai Receives Baby Esther
  2. Haman is Made Second in Command of the Kingdom
  3. Esther’s Purpose is Realized
  4. Esther Prepares to Meet the King
  5. Esther Becomes Queen
  6. Esther’s Kindness
  7. Haman’s Plan to Kill the Hebrews
  8. Esther’s Plan to Save the Jews
  9. The King Learns of Esther’s People
  10. The King’s Heart is Softened Toward the Jews
  11. Credits

Principles and Values Taught in This Video
Courage, Faith, Fasting, Honoring Parents, Loyalty, and Obedience.
 

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2 Comments

  1. I came across your site when Googling Queen Esther. My dehautgr is having a birthday party Saturday & we have decided (as of last year) that each year she wants a themed party, it has to be a Biblical theme or a historical one. Last year was Pocahontas & this year is Queen Esther (as close to a princess party as she could get). We also do Classical Conversations, so I am incorporating your ideas to use fo some teachable moments this week as we prepare for the party.

  2. Thanks, Pastor Dan. I found your website this minorng after a Google search to determine why so many seemingly good people listen to Rush Limbaugh and use him as a model by which to live as Christians.I found your January 23rd, 2008 article on that subject and found it to be a superb understanding and so beautifully articulated that people will give their pastors maybe 30 minutes on Sunday, but will give Mr. Limbaugh hours each week, as he shapes their views and they parrot his words. They are indeed changed by this person with whom they surround themselves so often, believing they are associating themselves with Conservative and therefore Christian. Mr. Limbaugh’s show shapes public opinion, yet by the biblical standards you describe, he is disqualified in this responsibility.Thank you for that article.Your recording on the Book of Esther was very inspiring and helpful.Thank you,Tom

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