Term 1 – Week 11

Big Idea – God called Moses to rescue the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.

Exodus 2:11-3:17; 5:1-14; 7:14-10:29

Lesson Background

This unit of work is an overview of the Old Testament from creation in Genesis 1 up to God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7.  The theme for the unit: God always keeps His Promises.

The Lord said to Moses, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So, I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey…. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:7-10

The story so far…. Jacob’s family had become the nation of Israel but they have been slaves in Egypt for 400yrs. God had a plan to keep his promise through Moses because one day God was going to use him to rescue His people from slavery and take them to the Promised Land. Moses was rescued from death, when his mother hid him in the reeds and Pharaoh’s daughter claimed him as a son.

In Exodus 2:11-25 Moses kills an Egyptian. Although he grows up as the Prince of Egypt, he chooses the side of the Israelites and not the Egyptians. A fellow Hebrew says to Moses, “Who made you ruler and judge over us?” (Ex. 2:14) This gives us a clue as to how God will use Moses. The chapter finishes with God’s people crying out to the Lord and God remembering his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Ex 2:23-24)

In Exodus 3:1-17 God calls Moses and sends him “to bring the Israelites out of Egypt” (Ex. 3:10). God reveals his very mysterious name. “I AM WHO I AM”. God decides who he is, and he is always the same, at all times in all places. This is good news, because he is the same God who appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, so he will keep his promise to bring the Israelites into the promised land.

In Exodus 5:1-14 Moses goes to Pharaoh, whose response to God is the trigger for all that happens next. Pharaoh (dismissively) says “Who is the LORD? Why should I obey him? Why should I let Israel go? I don’t even know the LORD. And I won’t let Israel go” and then treats Israel more harshly.

In Exodus 7-10, we see a showdown between the proud Pharaoh (and the gods of Egypt) and the LORD. God through Moses says “Let my people go” [N.B. so they may worship the LORD] but Pharaoh says “No!” God then sends a plague (9 times) as a mighty act of judgement. Pharaoh asks Moses to make it stop and says he’ll let them go. Moses makes it stop. Pharaoh stubbornly changes his mind, refuses to humble himself, and doesn’t let the Israelites go. By the end of it, Pharaoh and his magicians are humiliated (they tap out in round three), the country is in ruins, but they now know the LORD through his mighty acts of judgement: there is no one like him (8:10), he’s powerful (8:19), and the whole earth belongs to him (9:29).Note: The nine plagues = blood, frogs, gnat, flies, livestock, boils, hail, locusts & darkness.


The children will understand that God is a God who always keeps his promises; he is always in control and will work things out according to his good plan. We can always trust him. We know this to be true because of Jesus.  The children will listen to and obey God’s word.




Hello Song (Emu music)

Very, Very, Very Big God (EMU Music – Very, Very, Very Big God) 

Memory Verse

God said to Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. 
I will make your name great. You will be a blessing to others. 
All nations on earth will be blessed because of you.” 

Genesis 12:1-2, 3b

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