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Masquerade

on March 22, 2013

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Theme: Masquerade / Princess Ball

Memory Verse: Esther 4:14 

Bible Truth: Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to save others.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction-  What Is Purim

Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning “lot”. Lots, somewhat like drawing straws, was used in the book of Esther to determine the date in which the Jews were to be destroyed.

Esther 3:7  NKJV    

In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar”

     Purim was instituted when God lead the enemies of His people to their own destruction. Purim is therefore about deliverance.

 

Esther 9:18-19  NKJV  

“But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

Esther 9:26-32  NKJV  

“So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants. Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting. So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs:

1.) __________________________________

2.) __________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

Esther 4:14  NKJV    

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

5. A Reminder of God’s Faithfulness

The feast of Purim is an annual reminder of God’s faithful on behalf of His people. It is celebrated on the fourteenth and fifteenth day of Adar.

Esther 9:18 NKJV  

   “But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

6. Game – “Cup Stacking”

Need:  20 plastic or paper cups and a table (could use the floor also)

The cups should be stacked like this:

X

XX

XXX

XXXX

     Divide the class into two equal teams. A short distance away from the teams set the cups (divided into two equal sets) on a table. Tell the teams which cups belong to their team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and stack them, then take them down again. When finished they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. A Reminder of God’s Providence and Protection

We can learn many things from the story of Esther and from the feast of Purim. As a child of God, we too, are in the hand of God’s providence and protection. God intervenes on our behalf. As we look back on our life we can see where God has been working on our behalf.

Psalm 37:23  NKJV   

  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” 

     Just like the Jews in the book of Esther, we too, have an enemy that is out to destroy us.

I Peter 5:8  NKJV   

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

      God’s hand of providence and protection on behalf of His people is evident throughout the book of Esther even though His name does not appear once in the book. The hand of God, working on behalf of His people is seen throughout the entire book. God’s plan of deliverance saved the Jewish people from a plot to destroy them. Just like the Jewish people in Esther, God has planned a way of deliverance for us from Satan, our enemy too.

8. Game – Pass The Ball Relay Race

Need: 2 balls.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a ball to the first person on each team. They are to pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the ball gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse, then pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Ways To Celebrate God’s Promise To Preserve His Children.

Purim has evolved into a holiday about rejoicing. Traditionally on Purim the entire book of Esther is read from a megillah (scroll). As the book of Esther is read the children make a noise with a noise maker every time the name of Haman is read. Also, the name of Haman may be written on the bottom of their shoes and then they stomp their every time the name of Haman is read.

Sometimes children celebrate Purim by dressing up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman and parading through the streets. People sometime wear costumes on Purim because Esther had to keep her identity a secret when she first became queen. She had to disguise her true identity.

Esther 2:10  

   “Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.”

Ways To Celebrate Purim

* Dress up in costumes and masks

* Have a drama (play) about Esther

* Make baskets of holiday treats to give to someone you love

* Have a bonfire and burn a replica of Haman

* Make “Haman Ear” (Hamanitaschen) cookies

* Sending presents to one another

* Parading through the streets dressed up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman

* Wear costumes to keep your identity a secret

* Have a bonfire – burn a replica of Haman

* Make a “snowHaman” then burn rags and wood at its feet until the snow is melted.

* Build a life-sized “Haman” scarecrow.

* Draw pictures and make cut-outs of Haman on wooden board and cardboard. During the reading of the book of Esther throw these pictures on the floor and stomp on them and make a lot of noise when they hear the name “Haman.”

No matter how you may choose to celebrate Purim ( if you do) , you should always remember that God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome. God is in control, even while He is concealed.

10. Game – “What’s In The Basket”

Need: A basket, a small cloth to cover up the basket, 10 small items  to put in the basket, paper and pencils.

Pass around the basket with the items in it for everyone to look at. Cover up basket. Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct everyone to write down what was in the basket (as many things as they can remember).

11. What We Can Learn From The Book Of Esther.

* God will lead our enemies to their own destruction.

* When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find favor in His sight.

* We must prepare ourselves to go into our Kings presence.

* When we take time to find out what our King likes and prepare ourselves to go into His presence, we will be able to be used by Him to deliver others.

* We must be properly clothed (we must cloth ourselves with the righteousness of Christ) – we must prepare ourselves to look like the bride of Christ.

* As we stand before our King, properly clothed and prepared, we will not be separated from His presence by death.

* God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome.

* God is in control, even while He is concealed.

* God is faithful to His people.

* As a child of God, we are in the hand of God’s providence and protection.

* God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are unaware of it.

* You must realize that you are in danger, know who can save you, then go to the person that can save you. Our salvation comes only from God.

* We should never stop rejoicing in the salvation that God has given us.

* Our footsteps are ordered by God.

* Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to save others.

12. Game – “Review Tic-Tac – Toe”

Need: poster board , 16 index cards , tape.

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”.

Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards.

Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

1. What is Purim?

Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people.

2. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning ____________________.

Lots

3. God is ___________________________________.

Faithful

4. God _____________________________________ on our behalf.

Intervenes

5. Who is the enemy that is out to destroy us?

Satan

6. When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find _____________ in His sight.

Favor

7. We must prepare ourselves to look like the ______________ of Christ.

bride

8. God promises to ____________________- You cannot be overcome.

preserve

9.  God is in control, even when you cannot ____________ Him.

See

10. God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are _____________________ of it.

Unaware

11. We should never stop ____________________ in the salvation that God has given us.

Rejoicing

12. Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to ____________ others.

save

13. Every person born is in danger of ___________________________ from God because of sin.

Separation

14. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them ___________________ in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.)

thrown

15. You must realize and admit that you have _________________.

Sinned

16. Jesus is the only _____________ we can be saved.

way

17. It is only through Jesus’ _______________ that our sins are washed away.

Blood

18. Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of ______________ not to go.

Excuses

19. At Jesus’ death the ___________ in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Veil

20. Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the ___________________ of Jesus.

blood

21. Salvation is a _________________ thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

personal

13. Worship Song- ________________________

14. Esther’s Example

Step One: Realize That You Are In Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

     Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8  NKJV    

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23  NKJV    

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Step Two: Know Who Can Save You.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16  NKJV    

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

    We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9  NKJV     “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31  NKJV   

  “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Step Three: Go To The Person That Can Save You.

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

     Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV   

  “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

     Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20  NKJV    

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

1 John 1:9  NKJV   

  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

15. Challenge / Alter

When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His bride. Just like Esther there is a preparation period. Our preparation period is from the moment that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to the moment that we stand before Him.

How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King? What are you putting on? A few things that we should put on, just to name a few,  are: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, self-control, obedience, humility, brokenness.

Give the children an opportunity to pray.

 

16. Refreshments or a light meal.

 

17. Crafts

18. Dismissal

 

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