Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them and pray. (Matthew 19:13)
King Ahasuerus was king over all Persia. Esther was his new queen. She was a Jew. Mordecai was her cousin. He was a captive from Israel and had looked after Esther as she had no parents. Mordecai told Esther not to tell the king that she was a Jew.
Mordecai sat outside the palace so he was near to Esther. Whilst he was there he overheard a plot to kill Ahasuerus. He informed Esther and she told the king. The plotters were brought to justice.
There was a man called Haman who hated Mordecai. Haman plotted to kill all the Jews. He made a law that meant on a certain day all the Jews could be attacked and killed.
When Mordecai heard about this law he was devastated and sent word to Esther. She must plead for their people. Esther put on her best clothes and went in to see Ahasuerus. She invited him and Haman to a banquet.
At the banquet the king asked Esther what her request was, but Esther asked if they would come to another feast. As Haman walked home he saw Mordecai again and his happy mood dropped. He decided to build a gallows to hang Mordecai on as he couldn't wait for him to die.
That night when Ahasuerus couldn't sleep he asked for the records to be brought and he found out that nothing was ever done for Mordecai who had saved his life. The king asked Haman's advice, but Haman thought he was going to be rewarded.
Instead Haman had to lead Mordecai round the streets on the king's own horse and tell people how wonderful Mordecai was. Haman was now in a terrible mood. He was called to the final banquet of Esther. Here Esther told Ahasuerus of Hamans plot to kill her and her people. The king was furious and had Haman hanged on his own gallows. Then the king gave Mordecai the power to set a new law that meant the Jews could protect themselves when they were attacked, Esther and the Jews were saved and every year they hold a feast to remember.
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