Archive for September, 2015

God Provides Food and Water for Israel

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God Provides Bread from Heaven

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” 
Psalm 34:10

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 16:1 – 17:7) The people of Israel experienced God save them from the hand of the Egyptians by delivering them out of slavery. They witnessed God part the Red Sea through Moses so they can cross on dry ground. However, they grumbled and complained along the way, and when they became hungry it was no different. As they walked in the desert they complained to Moses, and some even said they wanted to go back to Egypt! They would rather be slaves again! God heard their cries and gave them manna from heaven so that they could eat. They were only to gather enough for the day and not save it for the next. God wanted them to be faithful and trust that he would provide their daily needs.

The Jesus Connection:
Read John 6:31–40.
The manna that God provided for the Israelites in the desert is a picture of Christ, the true spiritual bread from heaven. The Israelites needed to gather bread so they could have some each day. In the same way, we need to draw near to Christ each
day. When we spend time each day reading the Bible and praying to God, we draw spiritual strength and spiritual health from being in his presence. God also provided water in the desert when Moses struck a rock. In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul tells us that this rock was a picture of Christ.

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God Parts the Red Sea

Our hope is for our kids to know that: There is no obstacle big enough to hinder the advance of God’s plan of salvation

Key Verse: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” 
Philippians 4:19

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 13:1 – 14:31) Moses had been before Pharaoh several times already, and the Passover would be the last. Pharaoh was so upset after losing his son that he told Moses to take the Israelites and go. Unknown to Pharaoh, Moses had prepared the Israelites to leave quickly, so once they were free they wasted little time in departing Egypt. This is a good thing, because after they left Pharaoh changed his mind and chased after them. Once the Israelites saw the Egyptians coming they were frightened. However, God was with them, and He instructed Moses to lead them through the Red Sea. This was made possible because God used Moses and his staff to part the sea which allowed the Israelites to pass on dry ground. God’s plan was fulfilled even when several obstacles stood in the way of that promise. The promise to the Israelites that they would be free.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Exodus 14:8–9; Romans 9:17.
In these passages, we learn something more about God’s purposes. Paul tells us in Romans that it was God who put Pharaoh on the throne of Egypt. He also tells us why. He did it to show his power through the life of Pharaoh, so that God’s name would be proclaimed in all the earth. The story of the parting of the Red Sea has been told millions of times, but often the most important part of the story is not mentioned. Because the Israelites escaped from Pharaoh’s army, one day a child named Jesus was born in Bethlehem to the nation of Israel. To this day, God’s name is proclaimed through the life of Pharaoh and the story of how God parted the Red Sea.

Moses Confronts Pharaoh

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God Patiently Saves Despite Unbelief

Key Verse:
He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;””
2 Samuel 22:2

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 7:1-13) The Israelites were slaves in Egypt and called out to God to be set free. God sent Moses back to Egypt in order to confront Pharaoh and tell him to let God’s people go. Pharaoh doesn’t listen and even makes them work harder. This discourages Moses, but God steps in. Not only is Aaron sent to help Moses, they are also given a staff. The staff turns into a snake, which is used to display God’s power. This encourages Moses. Although the Egyptians were able to turn staffs into snakes, Gods staff swallowed up the others, again showing Gods divine power. However, this did not soften Pharaohs heart, and he did not turn to God.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Romans 9:15–18.
Moses asked Pharaoh to allow God’s people to go into the desert to worship and hold a festival to God. Pharaoh refused. As we will see later, Pharaoh kept on refusing even after many miraculous signs and nine horrible plagues. The Bible says that this happened because God hardened Pharaoh’s heart and because Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Both are true. This is another way in which Moses presents a picture or a foreshadowing of Jesus. Moses was a prophet who brought the word of the Lord to Pharaoh. Jesus was the prophet who brought the word of God to all of us. In Jesus’ day, the Hebrew rulers
rejected him despite his miracles. So, just as Pharaoh hardened his heart against God’s words, many people, then and now, harden their hearts against the good news of Jesus.