If you remember from before, Jacob had 12 sons, and one of them was Joseph. God had promised Jacob that he and his family would always live in that special land, but they moved to Egypt to be with Joseph. (But God would bring them back).
Joseph and his brothers were all living in Egypt and had lots of kids and those kids had kids, and they had kids…and the people of Jacob/Israel (that was the new name God had given Jacob) lived in Egypt for 400 years.
These were the people God had chosen, the people of Jacob…and He blessed them. There were SO many of them and they were strong and healthy and good workers. BUT, there was a new king in Egypt (the Pharaoh) and the people of Egypt began to be afraid of the Israelites because there were so many of them. “Maybe they’ll try to take over and be King instead of me!” said the Pharaoh.
The king said “We will kill all the baby boys of the Israelites. That way none of them can be king and then they won’t be able to grow up and make any MORE babies!”
But one of the Israelite mommies had a baby and she just couldn’t let them kill her baby boy, so she hid him in a basket. She covered him up and put him in the Nile River (a really big and important river through Egypt).
Then she said to her girl, the baby’s big sister…”Go sneak along the river and make sure he’s ok.”
The basket with the baby inside floated down the river until it came to a group of women and one of them was the princess! The Pharaoh’s daughter!
“Look! It’s a baby! He’s soooo cute! I must keep him! I will name him Moses,” said the princess.
Just then the sister came out from where she was hiding and watching baby Moses and said, “Would you like me to find someone to help take care of the baby for you?”
“Yes! He’s so little! He needs mommy milk…and I don’t know how to take care of a baby. I’ll need someone to take care of him!” said the princess.
“I know somebody who can take care of him!” said the sister, and she went and got Moses’ mommy. The mommy was able to keep her boy and take care of him, until he was old enough, then he lived with the princess. He got to be with his mommy AND grow up with the princess!
God took care of baby Moses and He had big plans for him too. We will see what happens in Moses’ story more tomorrow.
For our craft today we drew some water on a blue piece of paper and then cut out basket shapes and some baby boys from a magazine. Lastly, we practiced our writing and wrote Moses’ name. We talked about how Moses means “I pulled him out of the water.”
This video is a summary cartoon posted by Mei Yee Wong.
Our story today is from the second half of Exodus.
While the Israelites were in the desert on the way to the promised land, God gave Moses instructions to build a tabernacle, which is kind of like a church. God gave very very specific instructions on how to build it and what to put in it. He was also very specific in how the priests (people who served in the church) were to dress and how they were to worship Him.
The tabernacle was a tent and God’s cloud lived over the tabernacle and was a cloud by day and a fire by night. When God moved, the people moved. When God stayed over the tabernacle, the people stayed.
Later, a tabernacle would be built (in the promised land) and God also says there is a tabernacle in heaven where He lives. When Jesus came though, God no longer had to live in the tabernacle, He could live in each of our hearts.
(For very young kids, this might be a good place to stop).
The tabernacle had 7 important parts or pieces and they each showed a part of the Israelites’ journey and they each showed us something about Jesus.
The tabernacle was a big tent, with only one way in. Just like the Bible tells us that Jesus is the only way to God. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through Me.” (John 14:6) It was surrounded by a high fence which made a courtyard (or like a big fenced-in yard).
1. The Altar
Right inside the tabernacle courtyard was a place to make sacrifices. God said the people had to kill their best, perfect lamb as a sacrifice. If they did the way He said, then they could be forgiven for their sins. “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22)
This is like when the angel came and killed all the firstborn boys when they were in Egypt, unless they put the blood of the lambs on their doors.
It also makes us look forward to Jesus, because He would die once and for all for all our sins. No more animal sacrifices, because Jesus would be the perfect lamb.
Next, there was a basin of water. The priests were to wash their hands and feet before going in.
The water reminded them of God leading them through the red sea and providing for them in the desert.
The water represents to us being clean before God. “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled [with blood] to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)
Next was the lamp stand. It was in the first room of the tabernacle. It was the only light in that room and God told the priests to keep it burning always.
This reminded the Israelites of the fire of God leading them always.
It also tells us about Jesus. He is the light of the world. There are dark, yucky things in the world (satan) who want to keep us from God, but Jesus is the light. He shows us the way to God. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) When we believe, the Bible says we are “children of the light.” (Ephesians 5:8)
Also in that first room was a table with bread. The priests would bake bread each week and it would stay out a week, then they would eat it in that room. This showed God wanting to be with His people and for them to enjoy good things in His presence.
This reminded the Israelites of the manna God provided for them.
It tells us of Jesus because
A. He loved to eat with others and be with them, getting to know them and love them
B. The Bible says that man can not live just by bread, but that we need the words of God, we need Jesus
C. Jesus, before he died, sat down with his disciples to eat bread and drink wine and He told them that His broken body on the cross would be like the bread and His blood would be like the wine and whenever we get together to eat or drink, we should remember Him and what He has done for us. (Matthew 26:26)
5. The Altar of Incense
This is the last object in the front room. The priests had to burn special spices each morning and evening and leave them burning as a sweet smell to God. It was a sign of the prayers going to God. God wants us to come to Him with our prayers.
This reminded the Israelites of Moses going up the mountain to speak with God on their behalf.
It tells us about Jesus because He is now the one who comes between us and God. He speaks on our behalf and He is certainly sweet to God. God wants to hear from us and Jesus says “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
6. The Holy of Holies
There was a big curtain between the first room and the second, most inside room of the tabernacle. The inside room was called the Holy of Holies. The most special of all places. Only one day each year, only one person (the high priest, the head priest) could go in to the room where God was in the Holy of Holies. The big curtain separated sinful man from the Holy, perfect God. There were very special things the high priest had to do to be in God’s presence, like an extra sacrifice and shielding his eyes.
The Israelites could not see God, were not allowed to see God. Even Moses when he asked to see God on the mountain was not allowed to look right at God. This reminded the Israelites that man used to live in paradise with God, in Eden, before we sinned. Now they were separated from God by their sin.
This place and curtain tell us of Jesus though! When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain in the tabernacle was torn in two….the barrier between God and man was broken! We now had access to the Holy God through Jesus. Just like Jesus’ body was broken, the curtain was broken. Jesus is the high priest who takes us before God and makes us right before Him. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
The Holy of Holies tells us of heaven too. “For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. …But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Hebrews 9:24-26)
7. The Ark of the Covenant
Inside the Holy of Holies was an ark (not like the boat), more like a box. God told Moses to put in manna, Aaron’s staff and the ten commandments. On top of the ark was a lid called the mercy seat. God lived here.
The bread reminded them of how God took care of them and provided for them in the desert, even when they complained. The staff reminded them of their disobedience to God (making the golden cow) and questioning God. The tablets were a reminder that God had picked the Israelites to be His people. He made the covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel. He chose to lead these the promised land. God CHOOSES to love us and forgive us. And even still, the people did not keep the commandments well or follow God much of the time.
The reminders of their sin, would also tell us about Jesus. The bread God gave them kept them alive, but “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.’” (John 6:32, 48-50)
Jesus obeyed God’s authority and was the perfect sacrifice for our sins, because He always obeyed God. “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3:20-22)
God lived among the Israelites and they worshiped Him. He led them forward to the promised land as a cloud by day and a fire by night, in His temporary earthly home. Now we know Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in heaven, serving on our behalf as the high priest and we can come to God any time we wish because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
That’s all for today and for July! Join us next time when we start Leviticus-Ruth in August!
So Moses was up on Mt Sinai talking to God for 40 days (40 wake ups!)
And the people got bored with all that waiting. They said “Why is it taking so long?! What are we DOING out here?! Let’s make a new god!”
So Aaron, Moses’ brother told all the people to take their gold jewelry and dishes and they melted it all together and then they made a gold cow. They said “THIS is our God!”
But a gold statue can’t love you, or care for you. A gold statue can’t hear you when you pray. The people made a bad choice.
They put food in front of the gold cow, and they danced and sang songs. They bowed down to the ground and had a fancy party for the cow.
God was NOT happy. He sent Moses back down the mountain to tell the people to STOP IT! Only GOD is the real God. He is the One we pray to and sing songs for and dance for. He is the One who loves us and protects us and leads us.
God was very frustrated, but Moses asked God to please forgive the people.
There were still bad consequences for the people worshipping the cow and not God (some of them died and some more got very very sick). God just told us in the 10 commandments to put Him first and not worship any other thing…and His own people turned around and were doing just that.
It makes God very sad when we disobey or make bad choices. He did forgive the people though and He promised to lead them to the land He had waiting them. Even when we mess up or when God seems confusing or far away, we can trust that He loves us and has good plans for us. We can pray and ask Him to be close to us and to show us where to go next.
One more lesson in Exodus and then we’ll start Leviticus-Ruth in August. Love to you all!
Hi all! We are finishing up this month of July and our stories from Genesis and Exodus. Today we will continue the story with Moses (there will be two more lessons after this and then next month we’ll be covering leviticus-ruth).
Today’s story comes from Exodus 19-23.
After God saved the Israelites (His people) from the Egyptians, He led them through the desert and provided food and water for them. The people arrived at a mountain called Mt Sinai. God told Moses to come up the mountain and He would give Moses the rules the people needed to follow.
God gave the people rules to keep them safe and help them be more like God. What are some of the rules at your house? Your mom and dad (or grandma and grandpa) make rules to keep you safe and help you be nice to other people.
Moses went up the mountain and a big cloud came and God came and spoke to Moses. He gave him 10 commandments (a commandment is something you MUST do, or something you must NOT do. It’s like an official order.)
(We made another flip book to help us remember the 10 commandments…and as always my disclaimer is that i promote child-created art instead of printables or just coloring in a pre-made shape though you could certainly do that if you wanted)
1. God should be first (He’s number one!)
2. Only worship God, not other things (like statues, or people, toys or money)
3. Use God’s name nicely (don’t say God’s name to be mean to someone else, and don’t be disrespectful when you talk about God)
4. Rest one day a week and worship God. Remember to rest like God did and spend one day each week just focusing on Him.
5. Obey your mom and dad
6. Do not kill other people
7. Keep your marriage promises. When grownups get married, they promise to take care of each other and to love each other. They promise to help each other no matter what. God wants people to know how important it is to keep those promises, just like He always keeps His promises to us.
(also, i should mention i used the phrasing “keep your marriage promises” from the jesus calling storybook Bible for this one)
8. Do not steal (stealing is when you take things that aren’t yours) It’s ok to borrow something from a friend if you plan to give it back, but stealing is when you take it forever or leave a store without paying for the things you took.
9. Do not lie. A lie is when you say something that didn’t really happen. We need to always say what really happened, that’s call the truth.
10. Do not covet. That means wanting things other people have. The Bible says we need to be happy and thankful for all the things God has given us.
After God gave Moses these commandments, He also gave him some other rules. They basically tell us to love God and love others. Those are the two most important things God wants us to do. Love God, Love others.
Moses talked with God for 40 days and 40 nights on the mountain, then he came back down to tell the people all the rules God had given them.
Do you think the people will obey the rules? We’ll see soon!
After Moses and the Israelites (God’s people) escaped from Egypt and the angry Pharaoh (king), they began to wander around the desert toward the land God promised them.
Even though God had JUST saved them and they had seen some pretty cool things, (remember the plagues and the water dividing so they could walk through??) they were already grumpy.
They said “WHY GOD WHY?! WHY WOULD YOU BRING US TO THE DESERT WITH NO FOOD?! WE WERE BETTER OFF BEING MISERABLE IN EGYPT!!!”
God heard the people and even though they should have been thankful, and were instead complying, God still had mercy on them and was kind. He gave them quail (bird meat) to eat each evening and He gave them manna (bread) each morning.
God told Moses to tell the people that bread would fall from heaven and each morning they could collect enough for just that day. If they were greedy and tried to take a bunch or to save it for later, it would just get yucky. God wanted His people to trust Him each and every day. And He was faithful and provided for them each and every day.
Even still, the people got grumpy. They were tired of just eating the quail and manna. At one stop, they were complaining about not having enough water. God again had mercy on His people and told Moses to go to a certain rock and to touch it with his staff (big stick). So Moses went before all the people and water came from the rock. (Nothing is too hard for God!)
(Above: we used two easter eggs and filled them with blue ribbon, but you could use tissue paper, crepe paper or even actual water if you wanted. Then they used their staffs (pipe cleaners) to tap on the rock, opened them up, and revealed the water.)
The people were still unhappy though. God was doing wonderful things for them and through them, but they just couldn’t trust Him and they couldn’t be happy. When God something hard or sad is happening in our lives, God is teaching us and helping us to trust Him more. It can be hard to always trust God, but He is always faithful and He loves us even if we are grumpy. Isn’t that wonderful news?
Next time we’ll see what happens at Mt Sinai. Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!
We’ll continue our story of Moses today. (This month of July we are learning the stories from Genesis and Exodus).
Today’s part of the story comes from Exodus 13-14.
After Pharaoh sent the Israelites away, he changed his mind (again!) and was angry that he had let them go.
He rounded up all his soldiers (thousands!) and took off after God’s people. The Israelites had brought their stuff and were moving kind of slow, so it was easy for the Egyptians to catch up.
God led His people with a cloud by day and a fire by night. They could follow the cloud or the fire and know which way to go.
When the Israelites got to a big sea (called the red sea….but it’s regular blue water) they saw the Egyptians and they were scared. They said “Why did God bring us out here?! We would have been better off back in Egypt!”
But God told Moses to raise his hands and lift up his staff (his big stick). That night, the cloud moved from in front of the Israelites, to behind them, in between them and the Egyptians. God made a big wind come and He parted the water. There were two big walls of water on either side on the sea, but a dry path down the middle.
The Israelites walked through the water…water on this side…water on that side…but dry on their feet. Can you imagine?!
Then the cloud moved, and Pharaoh and his men chased after the Israelites. After all God’s people were through, Moses raised his staff again, and the water came crashing down on the Egyptians. They were all washed away.
God protected His people, the people from Abraham, Isaac and then Jacob/Israel. He had promised them that He would bring them back to their land. (They don’t always obey God, but He ALWAYS keeps His promise to them, even when they don’t follow Him. We will see that coming up soon.)
God also promises US life and freedom in Jesus (even if we don’t always make the right choice…God still promises to love and forgive us.)
We didn’t do a craft today, instead we watched “Moe and the Big Exit” by Veggie Tales and we also found this video from the Beginner’s Bible. It actually covers Moses through the 10 Commandments (but minute 21 is where we stop today.)
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.”
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!