The Jews Rejoice and Declare a Feast

The child will learn to-:

  • Celebrate salvation

Bible Story Reference: Esther 9:18-32

Memory Verse: 

Psalm 126:5 (NIV)

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.


Running the Race

  • Make a starting line using tape. At the beginning of each line have one bowl filled with beans. At the other end of the room, place an empty bowl.
  • When you say, “Go!” have the first volunteer in each line get on their hands and knees over the bowl with their straw. Have them get a bean
    at the end of the straw and have them suck so that the bean will hold at the opposite end of their straw. Here is the catch. The person may not use their hands or touch the bean in any way.
  • They may hold their hands under the bean just in case it falls, but they must pick it up again with the straw. Hold the bean at the bottom of the straw by suction. Have them go to the other end of the room as fast as they can. Drop the bean into the bowl on the other side of the room. They should run back to the line and tag the next person in line. Then the next volunteer can do the same thing.

Bible Story

  • With today’s lesson we have now come to the end of the story of Esther. In the book of Esther, God has given us a story about a very special girl placed in a very special position to help her people. Even though Esther was frightened at times, she still obeyed God and did what was right.
  • Esther is a story of a girl willing to help people in their time of need. We read about danger, a murder plot, and people fighting to defend themselves. Esther is a story of victory, rejoicing, and celebrating that victory! It is a story to remind us that God’s people need to join together in order to fight the spiritual war we are still in today against the devil.
  • The story of Esther has taught us to not be afraid and to stand up for what’s right. We have learned that we should not be afraid to say something when we need to. When we obey God, we can give glory to Him for any victory that comes. In our lesson today we will learn about the time when the Jews celebrated their deliverance and salvation. Then we will also learn that God wants us to celebrate our salvation!
  • (Esther 9:18-22) In these verses we find the Jewish people setting aside the 14th day of Adar, the last month on the sacred calendar to celebrate their being saved from Haman’s wicked plot. To celebrate, they give presents to one another. This was to celebrate a time when sorrow was turned to joy; mourning into a day of celebration. The Jews had a lot to be thankful for.
  • The Jews in Susa, where King Xerxes and Queen Esther lived, fought for two days and then celebrated their victory on the 3rd day. Mordecai recorded all of the events and sent letters. What a fun way to celebrate, by giving food and presents to each other. Does that remind you of any of our holidays that we celebrate? What is it that we are celebrating?
  • This victory was very important to the people wasn’t it? They had prepared, fought hard, been victorious and now they were ready for a little celebration. The Bible does not say exactly, but they were probably worshipping and thanking God for helping them. God wants us to celebrate our salvation!
  • As you will recall from previous lessons, there had been a plan to destroy the Jewish people by a man named Haman. He was filled with pride and hatred for anyone who did not bow down to him. Mordecai refused to bow to Haman so he wanted to destroy Mordecai and all of his people, the Jews. The Jews would only worship one God and would not bow down to men. This threatened Haman, so he wanted to kill them all.
  • The Pur is the casting of lots. Kind of like people that play with dice today. In these days people would cast lots in order to help them to make decisions. It was like chance in that whatever the outcome of the lot was the decision that would be made. God wants us to seek Him for wisdom, and we have the Holy Spirit today to make decisions, but sometimes we see in the Bible that God used lots to accomplish what He wanted. He could control how they came out.
  • Haman used lots in order to set the time that he would destroy the Jews. Here we see God in control of this situation. The lot landed on the last month of the year. This gave the Jews almost an entire year to prepare for this evil plan that Haman came up with.
  • This whole situation came to the king’s attention through Esther. Then the king stepped in and helped Esther. He commanded that Haman be executed on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai. And his sons were hanged with him. Is it not sad that Haman’s sin fell on his sons as well? Our sin does not just affect us, but also the ones we love. We can hurt the ones we love when we choose to turn away from God. Later we see where Esther writes a new decree allowing the Jews to fight back on the day they were supposed to be destroyed and thereby being saved.
  • So the Jews began to celebrate and have a big feast. Mordecai logs everything as official history for the kingdom. Everyone was excited and filled with joy because they have been saved from Haman’s wicked plan. They decided to call this time of celebration “purim” based on the word pur, or lot. And it is amazing that Jews still celebrate this feast even to this day.
  • And it is amazing how that this story is such a picture of Jesus. He delivers us from the evil plan of our destruction. Satan wants us to never believe in Jesus and he wants us to spend eternity separated from God, but God has provided victory of Satan’s evil plan through sending His son Jesus. Jesus paid the price for our sin. So we can be saved when we believe in Jesus. We can also rejoice and celebrate because of the victory we have been given in Jesus. God wants us to celebrate our salvation!
  • It is good for us to write down ways that God has been faithful in our lives. Some people call this journaling. We see in the Bible throughout the Old Testament times when God showed Himself faithful in the lives of His people. They would build memorials that were made of stone. These altars would help the people remember the awesome things that God did.
  • One very special way that we remember, and even celebrate the salvation that Jesus has provided to us is through communion. Jesus told us that as often as we take of the bread and the juice that we would remember His body that was broken for us and His blood that was shed for us. What a special time for us to remember our Lord and Savior Jesus. God wants us to celebrate our salvation!


Lead the children in a prayer of commitment to always be thankful for our salvation. If there are any children who have not yet responded to the gospel, give them opportunity to do so.



Noise Maker

What You Need

  • 2 disposable cups
  • Tape
  • Handful of dried grains e.g. beans, green grams, rice
  • Scissors


  1. Put the grains into one of the cups.
  2. Place the second cup on top of the first cup, rim to rim.
  3. Tape the rims together with tape.
  4. Shake your noise maker to celebrate your salvation.