This week’s Sunday school brings us to Exodus 7:14-11:10. Moses was charged with the role of freeing the slaves from Egypt. God told him that he was to lead them to the promise land. However, the king was cruel to the people and refused to give them up. Moses warned him over and over to no avail.
Finally, God told him it was time for drastic measures. God set the 10 plagues into Egypt. The Nile was turned to blood, making it undrinkable and killing all of the fish. Frogs that came in huge numbers and died all around the land. Lice, then flies that destroyed the land of Egypt.
All of the Egyptians livestock died and they became covered in boils. Hail that destroyed the rest of the crops and killed people in the fury of a storm. Locust and never ending darkness.
But it wasn’t until the last plague, death of the first born son, that the king finally listened to Moses and let the slaves go free.
Reading this section together started a great conversation between my kids and I. My son was a little afraid of God in that moment. He was starting to understand his role in the Old Testament and reading about he guided Christians back then can be overwhelming. He wanted to know if God would punish him with plagues if he was bad.
We talked about how cruel and terrible slavery was. How that warranted Gods action because he was actually protecting those who followed him. God is a lot more forgiving with his children.
Our activity for this section was a Plague I Spy. I found clip art on the internet of each plague and printed them out. Finally, I cut them out and taped them around the house. I would read clues about the plague and the kids not only had to guess them correctly, they had to find where they were hidden. This was a huge hit and they always remember lessons best when it’s paired with a physical activity.
We finished this section with Exodus 14. The Pharaoh let the Israelite’s go with Moses but was still a hard man. He knew they would be confused in the desert and decided to go after them. Moses and his people were scared and prayed to God.
The red sea laid in front of them and they had nowhere to go. Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” God helped Moses part the red sea and through it, the Israelite’s escaped the king forever.
For sections like this I like to give the kids a visual aid. There are so many great kids movies centered on Bible stories. One of my son’s favorite is Prince of Egypt from 1998. The scene of parting the red sea is really great, you can see how scared the Israelites are and how much trust they put in Jesus.
To help demonstrate this we did a science experiment. I filled the bottom of a pie tin with water and sprinkled pepper over the top. Then I dipped a straw, or you can use a toothpick, in dish soap. When you press the straw into the center of the water the pepper will immediately dart to the outsides of the pie tin. It’s very cool and so easy to kids to do on their own.