Moses (Part 3-Plagues)

Hi all!

Today we’ll continue learning the story of Moses from Exodus 5-12. We did our craft as we did the story. We made a book from 10 small pieces of paper stapled together then we colored each page as we talked about them. This story also has a nice rhythm so with each plague the kids knew the repeating phrases and did their “parts.”

So God had appeared to Moses in the burning bush and told him to go to Pharaoh (the king of Egypt) and to tell him to let God’s people go!

Moses took his brother Aaron with him. They approached the king and said “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

And the Pharaoh said “No. I don’t know your God!? How dare you ask me to let my slave workers go!? Just for that they’ll work EVEN harder!”

The Israelites (God’s people) were NOT happy with Moses and Aaron and they wondered why this was happening.

God told Moses that He was about to lead His people back to the land He promised them. (Canaan). God told Moses and Aaron to go again to the Pharaoh and tell him “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

But the Pharaoh said “Ummmm NO.”

Then God said “This king will not change his mind. Because he will not let My people go, I will send plagues and you will know that I am the Lord.” God told Moses and Aaron to meet the Pharaoh at the Nile River (the river Moses had floated on as a baby…the big important river that everyone got their water from). When they did, Aaron put his staff (like a big stick) into the water and it turned into blood. EW!? The people couldn’t drink it, they couldn’t wash their clothes or take a bath. It was disgusting.

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Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

Pharaoh responded, “Ummmm NO.”

Then God sent frogs. They were in peoples’ houses, in their ovens, in their clothes, everywhere! Pharaoh said “If you take these frogs away, I’ll let the people go!”

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So Moses asked God to take the frogs away…but as soon as Pharaoh saw that the frogs were gone, he changed his mine and said “Ummmm NO.”

Then God sent bugs.

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God sent Aaron and Moses back to Pharaoh to say “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

And Pharaoh said “Ummmm NO.”

Then God sent flies.

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God sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh to say “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

And Pharaoh said “Ummmm NO!”

Next God killed the animals of the Egyptians, but not the animals that the Israelites owned.

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God sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh to say “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

And Pharaoh said, “Ummmm NO.”

Next, God made the Egyptians have yucky, sick skin. They had big ouchy spots all over.

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God told Moses and Aaron to go tell Pharaoh “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

Again, Pharaoh said “Ummmm NO.”

Then God sent hail (which is like big rocks of ice that come down during a storm). The hail hurt the people and their houses.

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Pharaoh said “If you will take the hail away, then the people can go!”

God took away the hail, and told Moses and Aaron to say to Pharaoh “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

But Pharaoh changed his mind (again) and said “Ummmm NO.”

Then God sent locusts (kind of like grasshoppers) and they ate up all the wheat and food the Egyptians were growing.

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God told Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh and say “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

And Pharaoh again said, “Ummmm NO.”

Next, God made everything dark. There was no light for 3 days. The people couldn’t cook, they couldn’t play, they couldn’t even move around it was SO.DARK. (But the Israelites had light.)

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God had Moses and Aaron say to Pharaoh “God says ‘Let my people go!'”

But once again, Pharaoh said “Ummmm NO.”

Lastly, God said, “I have one more plague. After that, he will let you all go. In the middle of the night, I will come through Egypt and I will kill the firstborn son of every person, UNLESS, you kill a lamb and wipe the blood on your door. THEN, I will pass over that house, because I will know that that house has people who love Me and who obey Me.”

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The Israelites obeyed God. They sacrificed a lamb (just the kind God said to) and they wiped the blood on their doors. That night, the first boy in every family died, even the Pharaoh’s son…but not the Israelite boys.

Do you remember that Pharaoh had been so scared of the Israelites being so strong that he had killed all their baby boys? And now God took his son, and all the first born Egyptian boys.

Later, God would give His own son, Jesus, to save all of us.

It was the middle of the night when Pharaoh found his son dead and he called Moses and Aaron and said “GET OUT!” The Egyptians were so scared of Moses and his God, that they gave the Israelites all their food and money and sent them away.

What do you think will happen next?

We will see what happens next tomorrow! Love to you all!

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