SUPPLIES: toy sheep, toy crown, toy frog, small spray bottle filled with water, print out: bush
PDF: Story Pictures (Download Here)
- If you don’t have supplies for See and Share, then use the story picture PDFs.
- Take items out one at a time and hold them up for your child to see (or swipe through PDFs on your phone).
- Read each section and do the actions.
Sheep: Moses took care of sheep. (Let your child hold the toy sheep.)Can you make your sheep say baa?
Burning Bush: God talked to Moses through a bush that was on fire. (Hold up bush for kids to see.) God said, “Moses go save my people.” Let’s say, “Moses go!”
Crown: (Let your child hold the crown.) Moses told the mean king, “Let God’s people go.” But the king said, “No, no. no.” Shake your head and say, “No, no, no.”
Frogs: God sent slimy frogs hopping everywhere. (Let your child hold the toy frogs.) Finally, the king let God’s people go. Can you make your frog hop, hop, hop?
Spray Bottle: God’s people walked to a huge sea. God sent a strong wind to split the sea open for all of God’s people to walk through. Can you blow like a strong wind? (Mist your child with spray bottle.) Can you feel the water from the waves?
Read: Exodus 2-14
Everything in the Bible points to God’s plan of salvation. The Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and all God did to save them is a shadow of what he would do for all of us through Jesus. From the burning bush, to the plagues, to the dramatic parting of the Red Sea, Moses’ story reveals God’s heart for his people and shows us that he uses the imperfect and unqualified to work out his plan.
When God told Moses he’d chosen him to rescue his people from slavery in Egypt, Moses tried to explain his insecurities and shortcomings to God as if God didn’t know. But God chose him anyway. We get this backwards so often, don’t we? Over and over again we try and present our best selves to God when he already knows us and loves usat our worst. He looks at us and says, “I wantto use you. You are not enough to do this, and that is the point, because I want you to see that I AM.” Moses got to live the words of 2 Corinthians 12:9 long before Paul ever wrote them, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Then, during the last and most devastating plague, God instructed the Israelites to sacrifice a lamb and paint the blood over their doorposts so that the spirit of death would pass over their home. Their actions pointed straight to Jesus, who would be the ultimate sacrificial lamb. His blood has the power to save all people, including us, from sin and death.
We know how the story ends. The Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry land after God’s power through Moses split it in two. But what we may not know is that God led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the wilderness by the longest way possible. Why? The shortest route was blocked by the intimidating, powerful Philistines. God knew his people were too worn out, physically exhausted, and mentally drained from centuries of slavery to handle that kind of oppression. God’s heart was intent on protecting their broken spirits and tired bodies. We may not always understand why we are where we are, and we may not always know where we are going. But we do know the God who is leading us; and he is a God who loves us, protects us, knows what is best for us, and never leaves us.
What does it mean to you that God’s power is made perfect in your weaknesses?
Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” In what ways do you need to be still and allow the Lord to fight for you?