Term 1 – Week 12

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

Exodus 12-13;14:5-15:21

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.

Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ Exodus 14:13-14

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 to Abraham, 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 went to Pharaoh the King and said, ‘God says, “Let my people go!”’, but Pharaoh kept saying, “No!” So, the Lord sent 9 plagues upon Egypt, but Pharaoh still would not change his mind.

In Exodus 11-12 we see how God delivered His people with one final mighty act of judgement (the death of the oldest sons, the 10th plague) and the blood of a lamb (so that his judgement passed over His people). In the Passover, the Israelites killed a lamb. By marking the doorposts with the blood of a lamb, they were spared from judgement and death. God told the Israelites to remember the way he saved them with a special meal. Finally, God made Pharaoh let the Israelites go. After 430 years in Egypt, the Israelites were finally free. 600,000 men and their families left Egypt “like an army on the march” (12:51), they were on their way to the Promised Land, and after they left Egypt, God went with them and led them. In Exodus 13-15 God leads his people kindly and wisely when he doesn’t lead them straight into hostile enemy territory and into battle (13:17-18). Instead, he led them toward the Red Sea in pillar of cloud or fire (13:21-22) – a visible sign of his presence, leadership and protection. God will gain glory for himself by totally defeating his enemies and those who oppress his people (14:1-4). Pharaoh had been humiliated already, but The Lord would harden Pharaoh’s heart again and make him U-turn (just as Pharaoh U-turned in the plagues) and chase after the Israelites… and God would use this to “gain glory for myself because of what will happen to Pharaoh and his whole army. And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” In 14:5-9, we see Pharaoh change his mind and chase the Israelites (just as God said he would). Trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army, the Israelites were terrified! (14:10) They cried out to the Lord, but then they quickly moan to Moses. They were so scared, they said they would rather have stayed in Egypt as slaves! (14:11-12). Moses then reassures the people to not be afraid, but to stand firm, and to see that God will fight for them and save them. (14:13-14). What follows is an immense display of power that demonstrates Gods glory and shows the Egyptians that God alone is the LORD (14:15-18). Moses parts the sea by reaching out his hand (staff) over the Red Sea (as God commanded) while God himself shielded the Israelites from the Egyptians, allowing them to

cross the sea on dry ground (14:19-22). When Pharaoh and his army try to follow, God utterly destroys them (14:23-28). The Israelites are now truly safe and truly free. They saw how God saved them from the power of Egypt with his amazing power. What’s the result? The Israelites put their trust in the LORD and in his servant Moses. (14:29-31) What’s their response? Moses and the Israelites sing songs of praise and thanks to God about what he has done for them! (Ch. 15)

Outcomes

The children will understand that God is a God who always keeps his promises, he is always in control and will always work things out according to his good plan. Therefore, we can put our trust him.

The children will listen to and obey God’s word. The children will sing thanks and praise to God for rescuing us from sin and death through Jesus’ death on the cross

 

 

Songs

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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