Christian Churches of God

No. CB38_2

 

 

The Story of Esther

in Play Form

(Edition 2.0 20040210-20120412)

 

Esther is a very interesting story about a young Jewish girl but it is also the story of the Church and Christ, God Almighty and the millennial reign of the Kingdom of God. In this play the story line is demonstrated and the spiritual meaning is explained.

 

 

 

 

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The Story of Esther in Play Form

 


The story of Esther is about a young Jewish girl that marries the king of Persia. But the meaning of the book of Esther is much more involved than that. The book of Esther tells the story of the Church of God, Christ, God Almighty and the millennial reign of the Kingdom of God.

 

Each of the characters in the book of Esther represents someone or some thing. God the Father is nowhere mentioned in the book.

 

Characters (in order of appearance):

King Ahasuerus: God the Father

Seven Chamberlains/ Eunuchs: Those who had seen the Angel of Presence (Face of God)

Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel

Queen Vashti: Physical Israel; Vashti means the best

Seven Wise Men: Seven Spirits of the Seven Churches

Esther: Spiritual Israel (Church)

Mordecai: Jesus Christ

Hegai: in charge of the kingís living quarters (harem)

Queen Estherís Seven Maidens: seven eras of the Church.

2 doorkeepers Bigthan and Teresh: the lion and man headed cherubs that rebelled.

Hamman: Satan

Hatach: a servant in the kingís court assigned to attend Esther; sent to find out what was wrong with Mordecai.

Harbonah: servant of Ahasuerus

 

Act 1: Vashtiís rebellion

Act 2: Choosing a new queen

Act 3: Hammanís plot

Act 4: Esther plans a banquet

Act 5: Mordecai is promoted and the death penalty is revoked

Closing

 

Act 1Vashtiís Rebellion:Scene 1:

Kingís palace

King Ahasuerus and seven eunuchs present.

 

King Ahasuerus: Invite all the people of the land to the banquet. This is a wonderful banquet. I want all the people to see my beautiful queen. Please go and invite Queen Vashti to the banquet.

 

Seven eunuchs: King Ahasuerus, we will do as you request.

 

The king and the seven eunuchs leave.

 

Act 1 Scene 2

Queenís house

Seven eunuchs, Queen Vashti

 

Seven eunuchs: Queen Vashti, King Ahasuerus is having a banquet for the whole land. He is requesting (asking) that you join him at the banquet.

 

Queen Vashti: I am having a banquet for the woman at the kingís house. I cannot and will not go to the kingís banquet! Please take my response back to the king.

 

Seven eunuchs: We will do as you have asked.

 

Seven eunuchs and Queen Vashti leave.

 

Act 1 Scene 3

Kingís palace

King Ahasuerus, seven eunuchs, and seven wise men, Narrator.

 

Seven eunuchs: King Ahasuerus, we have visited the queen and given her your personal invitation to the banquet; but she said she would not come!

 

King Ahasuerus: According to law, what is to be done with Queen Vashti, because she did not obey the command/ request of the King Ahasuerus delivered by the eunuchs?

 

Seven wise men: Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king but also all the princes and all the peoples who are in the provinces of King Ahasuerus. The queenís conduct will be known to all. If it pleases the king let a royal edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot be changed that Vashti should come no more into the presence of King Ahasuerus and let the king give her position away to another who is more worthy.

 

King Ahasuerus: Send out the edict as you suggested; let us find a new queen who will listen and obey her husband.

 

Exit King Ahasuerus, seven wise men, seven eunuchs.

 

Narrator:

In the first act we see God the Father, King Ahasuerus, inviting Israel to be part of His Kingdom through the prophets of old. Israel was instructed, warned and invited but Israel refused to attend Godís commanded assemblies. Actually, Israel decided to either make up its own religious assemblies or to take part in the false religious ceremonies of the other nations.

 

Act 2 Selecting a new queen:Scene 1

At the kingís harem

Hegai, Esther, Narrator

 

Narrator: The message went out to all the lands that a new queen was sought or being looked for. Many women from far and wide were to be prepared to see the king. The women did not need anything; all things were provided for them. Just as God gives each one of us whatever we need to be a part of His Kingdom and family.

 

The concept of women coming from all nations to see the king is the same with the Church today. God chooses people from all tribes and families to be part of spiritual Israel.

 

Many years previously, Israel and Judah had been taken into exile. Judah had been taken from Jerusalem and the Temple was destroyed. Exile means: being taken out of your own land or country and sent somewhere else. This happened when Jeconiah, king of Judah, had been exiled by Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon. Therefore, there were Jews living in King Ahasuerusís lands. One of the young women taken in to be a possible bride to the king was Esther. Estherís name in Hebrew was Hadassah, which means myrtle. Estherís fatherís name was Abihail (SHD 32), which means my father is might. Estherís father and mother died and Mordecai, her uncle, had raised her. Mordecai had provided for and taught Esther everything she needed just as Christ teaches and provides for the Church. Esther listened to what Mordecai had told her and she would not tell anyone what her nationality was.

 

Mordecai is descended from the tribe of Benjamin. He was from the family of Saul, son of Kish. Saul was told to kill Agag but Saul did not follow Godís command; he allowed Agag to live. Years later Hamman, who was also of the family of Agagites/ Amalekites, was born. Hamman hated the Jews and almost succeeded in having all the Jews killed. But more of that story will become clear as we read more of Esther. The main point is we need to listen and follow Godís word and directions. If we do not listen to what God tells us our decisions can have a major impact on our family and other people many years in the future.

 

Hegai: Esther, I need you to come with me to the better harem. It is a better place for you to be.

 

Esther: I will go wherever you tell me I should be.

 

Hegai: This is the best place in the harem. I also have seven choice maids that you may use as you will.

 

Esther: Thank you for taking such good care of me.

 

Hegai: I will continue to take care of you till the twelve months of purification and anointing are completed. When it is finished you will be ready to go to see the king. Women who have been with the king do not come back here. They go to the second harem. Shaashgaz is in charge of that harem.

 

Narrator: The concubines remained in the second harem forever. This is just like those of us who come into the Church and never leave the truth and avoid all worship of pagan gods or their holidays. See the paper Satanís Days of Worship (No. CB23).

 

Hegai and Esther leave.

 

Act 2 Scene 2

The kingís palace

Hegai, Esther and King Ahasuerus, Narrator

Prop needed: a crown

 

Narrator: Mordecai walked by the palace every day to learn how Esther was doing. This is just like Christ checking on each of us in the Church on a daily basis. Esther followed Mordecaiís advice and did not reveal or tell anyone what her nationality was. Esther was obedient to Mordecai as the Church is to listen and obey all Christ tells the Church to do. The Church is also like Esther and remains hidden to most of the world until the Last Days.

 

Hegai: It is now the tenth month; it is time for you to go before the king; come with me.

 

Esther: I will go with you.

 

Walk to where king is at his throne.

 

Hegai: King Ahasuerus, I present to you Esther. She has prepared herself for twelve months with anointing and purification and is now ready to be in your presence.

 

King Ahasuerus: Please approach the throne Esther.

 

Esther walks toward the king.

 

King Ahasuerus: Esther you are the most beautiful and obedient of all the virgins. I love you very much. I would like you to be my queen. I will put a crown upon your head and give a great banquet for you, the princes and servants.

 

Exit King Ahasuerus, Esther, and Hegai

 

Narrator: The banquet is the First Resurrection. It is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb; this is the time for all of the people of the world that have qualified to be spirit beings to be with Christ and the Father.

 

Act 2 Scene 3

Outside the kingís palace

King Ahasuerus, Esther, Mordecai, Narrator

 

King Ahasuerus: The first banquet was such a success I would like to have another. Invite all the virgins that are worthy to the second banquet.

 

Exit King Ahasuerus

 

Narrator: The second banquet is the Second Resurrection when all on the planet that never knew of Godís ways will be made aware of His Plan. Satan will have been put away/killed and be made a human being subject to correction (cf. Isa. 14:15-20; see also the paper The Judgment of the Demons (No. 80)).

 

Enter Mordecai and Esther by the kingís gate.

 

Mordecai: Esther, you must get a message to the king. I was sitting at the kingís gate when Bigthan and Teresh, two of the kingís officials that guard the door, became very angry. They actually came up with a plan to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.

 

Esther: Mordecai, I will again do as you say. I will quickly get the message to the king so nothing bad happens to him or his kingdom.

 

Exit Esther and Mordecai

 

Act 2 Scene 4

Interior of kingís palace

King Ahasuerus, Esther

 

Esther: I am sorry to bother you King Ahasuerus, I know you have many important things to deal with but Mordecai made me aware of something I think you should know.

 

King Ahasuerus: Esther, please tell me what is bothering you so.

 

Esther: There is plan by Bigthan and Teresh, the two doorkeepers, to try to lay hands on you and take over the kingdom.

 

King Ahasuerus: Have Bigthan and Teresh hung on the gallows and record all these events in the book of Chronicles. Thank you Esther for giving me such important information and helping to protect me and the kingdom.

 

Exit King Ahasuerus and Esther

 

Narrator:This is a representation of when the two covering cherubs, Satan the man headed system and the lion headed system rebelled. For more information on the rebellion see The Creation of the Family of God (No. CB4).

 

Act 3 Hammanís Plot:Scene 1

Interior of kingís palace

Hamman, King Ahasuerus, Narrator

Prop: kingís signet ring

 

Narrator: After all these things happened the king promoted Hamman the son of Hammedatha the Agaggite. Basically, Hamman rose to a position of authority over all the princes that were with him. The meaning of his name is interesting. Hamman (SHD 2001) means the magnificent. Hammedatha (SHD 4097) means double and Agaggite (SHD 92) means will overthrow. Here we see concepts of Satan being advanced, or shown. Satan was created perfect (Ezek. 28:12, referred to as king of Tyre) then he attempted to overthrow Godís throne (Ezek. 28:2-8). Hamman wanted all to bow down and worship him. Mordecai would not worship Hamman or any false god. This is shown in the New Testament where Messiah will not bow down to Satan.

 

Hammanís hate for Mordecai and all the Jews grows and Hamman devises, or makes a plan, to kill Mordecai and all the Jews. Hamman starts his plan in the first month and finally attempts to make it final in the 13th day of the 12th month. This is just like Satan trying to kill all of Godís people over the years that tried to worship and obey the One True God. Satan even tried to have Moses and Christ killed when they were born; a lot of baby boys died at those times as Satan tried to make sure Moses or Christ could not carry out Godís Plan. God will not allow anything to interfere with His Plan of making everyone part of His family in the future. Satan may try to discourage or hurt us but God will only allow things to happen that can help us and make us stronger. Originally Satanís name was Lucifer, which means light bringer. Once Lucifer rebelled his name was changed to Satan, which means adversary Ė an adversary is someone who tries to hurt us or say bad things about us.

 

Hamman: King Ahasuerus, there are certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose laws are different from those of all other people. They do not observe the kingís laws, so it is not in the kingís interest to let them remain. If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the kingís business, to put in the kingís treasuries.

 

King Ahasuerus: Come here Hamman, here is my signet ring. The silver is yours and these people also, to do with them as you please.

 

Hamman: Thank you King Ahasuerus for the power and authority you have given me. I will issue an edict to your entire kingdom to have all the Jews, both young and old, killed on the 13th day in the 12th month.

 

Exit king and Hamman

 

Narrator: Just as in the story of Esther, Hamman/Satan goes before the King/God and tries to say bad things about Godís people. The One True God had given Lucifer/Satan charge of the earth for 6000 years. In the story we see the king saying, ďThe silver is yours and the people also, to do with as you please.Ē God only allows things to happen to us that will make us stronger.

 

Act 3 Scene 2

Outside the kingís palace

Modeciai, Hatach, Narrator

 

Mordecai: Alas, what has happened? There is a plan to have all Godís people killed. I will repent in sackcloth and ashes. I will pray and ask God to help save His people.

 

Hatach: Mordecai, Queen Esther has sent me with clean, new clothes. She wants you to take off the sackcloth.

 

Mordecai: I cannot! I must do what needs to be done. Does the queen not know of the evil plan to kill all Godís people?

 

Hatach: I do not believe the queen knows what you are talking about. She is concerned for you but has not heard of any plot against the Jews.

 

Mordecai: Take her the copy of edict or plan of Hamman and how he plans to kill all the Jews on the 13th of the 12th month.

 

Hatach: I will go to her immediately.

 

Exit Hatach and Mordecai

 

Narrator: Mordecai learns of the plan and rips his clothes, puts on sackcloth and ashes and cries out loudly. Anciently, this is the way people used to show their mourning. When one is wearing sackcloth or ashes they could not come to the Temple of God. Mordecai could not approach the king in this state. This is a representation of Christ laying down his spiritual life, coming to earth as a man, teaching and showing us how to live Godís Laws. Finally Jesus Christ willingly laid down his life for mankind and the fallen Host to reconcile or reunite us to God the Father. As a human being none of us can approach God the Father (1Cor.15: 50). For more information about Jesus Christ see the paper Who is Jesus Christ? (No. CB2).

 

Act 3 Scene 3

Estherís palace

Hatach and Esther

 

Hatach: Queen Esther, I tried to offer Mordecai a change of clothes but he would not take them. He made me aware of a plan for all the Jews to be killed. Here is a copy of what Hamman sent out throughout the entire country.

 

Esther: This is terrible! Please listen carefully to what I say and take a message to Mordecai for me.

 

Hatach: I will do as you ask.

 

Esther: All the kingís servants and the people of the kingís provinces know that if any man or woman who is not summoned comes to the king to the inner court, the law says that he/she be put to death, unless the king holds out the golden sceptre so that he/she may live; and I have not been summoned to come to the king for these 30 days.

 

Hatach: I will go and tell Mordecai all you have said.

 

Exit Hatach and Esther

 

Act 3 Scene 4

Outside the palace

Hatach, Mordecai

 

Hatach: Mordecai, Esther said you know all the kingís servants and the people of the kingís provinces know that if any man or woman who is not summoned comes to the king to the inner court, the law says that he/she be put to death, unless the king holds out the golden sceptre so that he/she may live; and she has not been summoned to come to the king for these 30 days.

 

Mordecai: Do not imagine that you in the kingís palace can escape anymore than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your fatherís house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?

 

Hatach: I will tell the queen what you have said.

 

Act 3 Scene 5

Queenís palace

Esther and Hatach

 

Hatach: Queen Esther, here is what Mordecai said.

 

Esther: Hatach, you are a faithful servant, take this message to Mordecai; the lives of all the Jews depend on it. Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king. That act is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.

 

Narrator: Mordecai gives Esther the information about the plan to kill the Jews and asks her to go to the king and intercede or try to help prevent the killing of all the Jews. Mordecai points out that many lives depend on what Esther the queen does. This is just like today, where many people on the planet depend on what the Church does in these Last Days. The people in the world are not happy with us and at times actually try to hurt or kill us, but in the end it is our responsibility to help them understand Godís Plan and to obey Him. For more information of Godís Plan for mankind see the paper Godís Plan of Salvation (No. CB30).

 

Esther gets word back to Mordecai asking him and all the Jews to fast three days and then she would attempt to approach the king. In those days if one went to the king without being asked for one could be put to death unless the king put out his golden sceptre to the individual. We see that Esther was willing to take this risk.

 

Act 4 Estherís first banquet: Scene 1

Interior of kingís palace; throne room

King Ahasuerus on his throne, Esther, Narrator

Props: a Golden Sceptre

 

King Ahasuerus puts out the golden sceptre to Esther.

 

Esther walks towards the sceptre.

 

King Ahasuerus: What is troubling you my queen, Esther? And what is your request? Even up to half of my kingdom will be given to you.

 

Esther: If it pleases the king, may the king and Hamman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him?

 

King Ahasuerus: Bring Hamman quickly that we may do as Esther wants.

 

Narrator: Esther invited the king and Hamman to a banquet or special meal on the following day. The king and Hamman both accepted the invitation. Here we see Esther/ the Church dealing with Godís enemies on demand. Esther prepares two banquets. This represents the First and the Second Resurrections. At the second banquet we are dealing with judgement of the fallen Host too.

 

When Hamman was leaving the kingís palace he again saw Mordecai. Hamman again was filled with anger and went to talk with his wife Zeresh. Zeresh (SHD 2238) means gold. Here we again see Satanís love for gold and wealth being his downfall. Hamman tells his wife and friends all that has happened, including the special invitation to the banquet by Esther. Hamman / Satan is filled with pride, vanity and arrogance. Yet he still complains of not being satisfied with what he has because Mordecai the Jew is alive. We know as Godís people we are to be content or satisfied or happy in whatever state or condition we find ourselves (1Tim. 6:8; Heb. 13:5). We also know that once Lucifer was filled with iniquity, he was never happy or satisfied with anything. Hamman received advice from his wife and friends to build a gallows 50 cubits high. A gallows is a high tower. It was to hang Mordecai on and kill him. Hamman decided to follow the advice of his wife and friends.

 

That night King Ahasuerus could not sleep. He asked for the book of records of Chronicles to be read. The king hears the record of when Mordecai reported the plan of the two doorkeepers to hurt the king.

 

Act 4 Scene 2

Interior of kingís palace

King Ahasuerus, Hamman, and servant in the court, Narrator

 

King Ahasuerus: Help me to remember what honour was bestowed on Mordecai for reporting the plan of the doorkeepers to over take the throne?

 

Servant in the court: Nothing has been done for Mordecai.

 

King Ahasuerus: Who is in the court?

 

Servant in the court: Hamman has just entered the court.

 

King Ahasuerus: Let him come in.

 

Hamman walks in

 

King Ahasuerus: What is to be done for the man whom the king desires to honour?

 

Narrator: Whom would the king desire to honour more than me, thought Hamman?

 

Hamman: For the man whom the king desires to honour, let them bring a royal robe which the king has worn, and the horse on which the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown has been placed; and let the robe and horse be handed over to one of the kingís most noble princes and let them array the man whom the king desires to honour and lead him on horseback through the square, and proclaim before him, ďThus is shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honourĒ.

 

King Ahasuerus: Quickly take the robes and the horse as you have said, and do so for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the kingís gate; do not fall short in anything of all that you have said.

 

Narrator: Hamman/Satan only focuses on himself and not on others. Hamman quickly learns the king was not referring to him but rather to Mordecai. Hamman is angry beyond belief but does what he is instructed to do. We realize this represents Messiah taking over the role of Day Star of the planet. At a time in the not too distant future Satan will also have to acknowledge that Messiah will replace him as ruler of this world.

 

On the second day of the banquet Hamman and the king came to drink wine with Queen Esther.

 

Act 4 Scene 3

Interior of kingís palace

King Ahasuerus, Esther, Hamman, Narrator

 

King Ahasuerus: What is your petition Queen Esther? And it shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.

 

Narrator: Three times the king offers half of His kingdom to Esther. This is a reference to half of the inner Host rebelling. The fallen Host disobeyed God and lost their jobs or positions just as the lion and man cherub did. Here we see that physical human beings who qualify will replace the fallen Host to do their jobs.

 

Esther: If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, grant me my life Ė this is my petition. And spare my people Ė this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.

 

Narrator: This is a reference that we are all slaves or bondmen and women to God and Christ. Esther/the Church went to God to ask for help because her people were going to be destroyed, which would limit Godís Plan.

 

King Ahasuerus: Who is he, and where is he, that does presume in his heart to do so?

 

Esther: The adversary and enemy is this wicked Hamman.

 

All three leave

 

Act 4 Scene 4

Garden outside the palace

Esther, Hamman next to Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus, Harbonah, Narrator

 

Hamman: O Queen Esther, I see you and the king are very angry with me. I did not mean to hurt you. Please give me my life and intercede for my life from the king.

 

Narrator: Here we see Hamman pleading for mercy from the Church.

 

King Ahasuerus: Will he force the queen also before me in the house?

Harbonah: Behold also, a gallows fifty cubits high stands by Hammanís house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.

 

King Ahasuerus: Hang him thereon.

 

Narrator: We see physical human beings that qualify to do their jobs will replace the fallen host.

 

We see from the way people try to hurt Godís prophets and people they are hurt (Rev. 11:5). In the end Satan and the fallen Host will be destroyed as spiritual beings. The fallen Host will be made human, die and be resurrected to the Second Resurrection and have a chance to repent and live Godís way.

 

Act 5 Mordecai is promoted and the death penalty is revoked: Scene 1

Interior of kingís palace

King Ahasuerus, Esther, Mordecai, Narrator

 

King Ahasuerus: Queen Esther I am sorry for all the pain and suffering the wicked Hamman caused you; please take all of Hammanís property.

 

Esther: Thank you my king! I also need you to know that Mordecai is my uncle and he is the only parent I ever knew. My parents died when I was young and Mordecai raised me like one of his own children.

 

King Ahasuerus: Mordecai, I give you the signet ring I took back from Hamman. It is my signet ring. You understand the power and authority that comes with this ring.

 

Mordecai: Thank you King Ahasuerus. I will use the ring in keeping with all of your laws to seal all the important documents that endorse your laws in the land.

 

Esther: Mordecia for all you have done for me over all the years, I put you over Hammanís household.

 

Mordecai: Thank you Esther, I will govern his household by Godís Laws.

 

Esther: Great king, I must now come and make a request.

 

King Ahasuerus: What is your request Queen Esther?

 

King Ahasuerus extends the sceptre again.

 

Esther: If it pleases the king, and if I have found favour before him and the matter seems proper to the king and I am pleasing in His sight, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Hamman which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the kingís provinces. For how can I endure to see the calamity that shall befall my people and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

 

Narrator: Esther again falls at the kingís feet and pleads for the life of the Jewish people. We as the Church need to be daily pleading for the people of the planet to repent and follow Godís Laws.

 

King Ahasuerus: I have given Hammanís household to Esther and they hanged him on the gallows because he had stretched out his hand against the Jews. Now write to the Jews as you see fit, in the kingís name, and seal it with the kingís signet ring; for a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the kingís signet ring can not be revoked or changed.

 

Narrator: The king instructs Mordecai to write a decree in the kingís name and seal it with the kingís signet ring. Mordecai commanded the scribes to write the decree on 23rd day of the 3rd month or Sivan. The decree went out to every person in his or her own language throughout the 127 provinces of the empire. The king granted the Jews the right to assemble and defend their lives, to destroy and kill the entire army of the people or province that might attack them and to plunder their spoil.

 

On the 13th day of the 12th month Mordecai departed from the presence of the king. He was wearing royal robes of blue and white with a large crown of gold with a garment of purple. Here we see Mordecai/Christ coming as King of Kings. The Jews gathered in their towns and there was great feasting and a holiday and many of the people of the land became Jews. Those who wanted to hurt the Jews could not stand before them because the fear and dread of the Jews had come upon them. Even the governors and satraps feared Mordecai. So too will it be in the Last Days when the planet is in the fear and dread of Messiah and his people. People will come and ask how to become a Jew or obey God. Mordecai/ Christ will become greater and greater. The Jews killed their enemies. Hammanís ten sons were hanged.

 

The Jews did not take their plunder or belongings. This represents the empirical system of the end. These are the ten kings of the Last Days that receive their power from the Beast. This is the ďten toesĒ of Daniel and ďten hornsĒ in Revelation. Nothing of the satanic system will go into the Millennium.

 

The Jews killed numerous people that tried to kill them. Firstly, they killed 500, then 300, and lastly 75,000. The Jews declared the 14th and 15th days of the 12th month as days of feasting and rejoicing since the Jews were rid of their enemies. Jews continue to celebrate this occasion as the Feast of Purim to commemorate their deliverance from the plot of Hamman. See also the paper Commentary on Esther Part II: Purim in the Last Days (No. 63B).

 

Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew sent out a second letter to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of King Ahasuerus -- words of peace and truth. This message of the Last Days is that the Church and Christ put out the Gospel of Peace to the world. The world will cause itself a great deal of pain because it opposes the will of God and seeks to destroy the Church in the Last Days.

 

In the last chapter of Esther we see that Mordecai was second only to King Ahasuerus and was great among the Jews and in favour with his kinsman. He is the one who sought the good of his people and spoke for the welfare of his whole nation. Here we clearly see Jesus the Christ as King of Kings ruling the planet under the One True Godís Laws to ensure the good and welfare of the people and the planet. Let us all pray for that end!

 

All actors on stage shout: AMEN!

 

Teacherís notes:

The play can be done with children assuming roles in the play. If there are limited children a puppet show can be done where individuals can assume more than one part. Actual puppets can be made and used or paper cut-outs of people can be used. If the paper cut-out plan is used cut-out the two pieces of tag board for each actor and glue a paint stick between the shapes. The children can cut out construction paper clothes for actors; yarn etc. can be used for hair. Velcro can be added to shape and hold the necessary props.

 

Necessary props:

Crown for Esther

Signet ring

Sceptre

 

Customs:

Mordecai:in normal dress, sackcloth, and kingly robes

Esther: in normal dress, as queen

Other actorsí clothes can remain the same during the play if necessary

 

Backdrops that are needed:

Interior of kingís palace, including throne room

Vashtiís palace (could also be used for Estherís palace)

Harem

Outside the kingís palace

Garden

 

Backdrops can be created on sheets or large paper for the play. If a puppet show is selected as the presentation style use one table with a sheet secured on the top, side and front. Place a second table about 2-3 feet behind the first table to hold the ďsetsĒ. The children are behind the table with the sheet and their characters perform as needed. The backdrops can be painted on science display boards or old cardboard boxes.

 

 

 

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