We started the class out with prayer requests, praying together and then reviewing chapter 1 of Esther.
We moved on to chapter 2 starting with the characters. Some were carried over from chapter 1 but we also introduced some new ones.
We talked about King Xerxes and the thought that he might have had some regrets over having Queen Vashti removed (vs. 1). We also talked about the fact that if he did, he had worked himself into a spot and couldn't do anything about it. Why? Because he would have lost all respect of those he reigned over.
The solution suggested to him by his advisors was to find a new queen and that's what he did. Letters were sent out to all the provinces with orders to gather beautiful young virgins and bring them to the palace for a year of preparation for a night with the King. The girl that the King liked the best would be chosen to be the new queen.
The beautiful young virgins were teens and when the girls heard this they were incredulous that this could be done ... that the beautiful young virgins had no choice.
Esther was one of those beautiful young virgins.
We spent some time talking about what we gleaned about Esther from this chapter. We concluded that she was obedient (vs. 10, 20), she was likeable (vs. 9, 15) and she was beautiful (vs. 7). We paused right here and talked about obedience and about how God wanted them to obey their parents/guardians even if they didn't want to, as long as they were not being asked to do something that was specifically taught against in God's Word. One of the girls wanted to know if you had to obey your parents once you were married. I told them no, but that God did want them to honor and respect them. We talked about the different seasons in our lives and who we needed to obey in each. Then we talked about why obedience is important. I reminded the girls that there was never a time in a person's life when obedience wasn't important. As a child, we are to be obedient to our parents; as students in school, we are to be obedient to our teachers and those in charge; as employees, we are to be obedient to our employers; as adults, we are to be obedient to the laws of the land and as Christians, we are to be obedient to God's teachings. I told them that learning obedience as a child would make adulthood easier. We had some really good discussion on this topic.
We talked about the secret Mordecai asked Esther to keep about her heritage.
From there we did an overview of chapter 2 and concluded that there were three very important things that happened ...
Esther became Queen
Esther kept the secret of her heritage
Mordecai got his name written in the book of the King's Chronicles
At different times during the class we marked in our Bibles ...
We now have chapters 1 and 2 marked up. The girls seem to really be enjoying this method of teaching and learning.
She Hath Done What She Could