The Plagues and the Passover – Exodus 5 - 12
How would you convince millions of people to love, follow, and serve Jehovah God? Thankfully Moses didn’t have to figure out the answer to that question! God had a plan to SHOW His people who He was. While some Israelites may have believed wholeheartedly in Jehovah, we know that at least some of them were hanging onto Egyptian gods. So, patiently and intentionally, God provided the Israelites with tangible evidence that He was the Only One worthy of their praise and worship; He proved that He is more powerful than any of the gods of the Egyptians - more powerful than the Nile River; more powerful than the god of fertility (who looked like a frog); more powerful than the Egyptian god of creation (who had the head of a fly); more powerful than their god of love and protection (who had the head of a cow); more powerful than Isis, the goddess of medicine and health; more powerful than the god of storms; and more powerful than the most powerful of all their gods: Ra, the sun god, of whom Pharaoh was his son. By the time the Israelites were leaving Egypt, every last one of them had the opportunity to be convinced that Jehovah was THE most powerful God in the universe and that He LOVED them! We want our kids to know the same thing - that our God is great; our God is awesome; and our God LOVES them!
1. REVIEW THE STORY
- • Activity – Watercolor Painting - let kids paint the picture of an Israelite family preparing for the Passover. Why is the father painting the doorframe of his house? He’s painting it with the blood of a lamb so that the death angel will pass over his home. Discuss questions below while kids paint.
- • Activity - Review the Plagues - Give kids a pencil and a piece of paper. (For an extra challenge, have them close their eyes while they follow your instructions). Explain that you will review the Bible story and tell them what to draw. Read the following script:
- • God sent 10 plagues to punish the Egyptians. Write the number 10.
- • First, God turned the water in the Nile River into blood. Draw a river.
- • But Pharaoh would not let the people go. God sent frogs into Egypt. Draw a frog.
- • Pharaoh said, “Ask your God to take away the frogs. Then I will let the people go.” But when God removed the frogs, Pharaoh refused to let the people go. So God sent gnats into Egypt that bit the people and animals. Then God sent flies, and He caused all the livestock to die. Draw gnats or flies.
- • Still, Pharaoh did not let the people go. God sent boils that covered the people in Egypt, but Pharaoh’s heart was hard. Draw a heart.
- • Not even a terrible hailstorm changed Pharaoh’s mind. Locusts ate up the plants. Draw a plant.
- • And then darkness covered the land for three days. But still Pharaoh said no. God told every Israelite family to kill a lamb and sprinkle its blood on the doorposts of their houses. Draw a door.
- • God would “pass over” the Israelites’ houses. No one in the Israelites’ families would die. Draw an X.
Open your eyes if you closed them. Can you use your drawing to re-tell the story to a friend?
2. DISCUSS THE STORY (some possible answers in italics)
What did you like about this passage?
What didn’t you like about this passage?
What do you learn about God from this passage?
- Our God is powerful.
- Our God knows what we think. When we hold to wrong ideas, He can create experiences which help us to correct our thinking.
- Our God is patient.
- God can protect His people.
- Jesus’ blood protects me today from God’s judgement just as the blood of the lamb protected the Israelites from the death angel.
- God provides a way of salvation, but it’s expensive; it costs the lamb (and Jesus) everything, but God has decided people are worth the cost.
What do you learn about people from this passage?
- People can change their minds.
- People are sometimes stubborn.
- The condition of people’s hearts is important. God wants our hearts to be tender, not hard.
What do you learn about yourself from this story?
- I want my heart to be tender.
- I can be sure that my God is powerful enough to take care of me.