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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.

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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.

The Transfiguration

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus gave up his heavenly glory to take our sins upon the cross

Key Verse:
His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Matthew 17:2b

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(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 9:2-13) Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain. These three men were brought there to witness the glory of God in Christ. Luke tells us that as the Lord prayed, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes began to radiate (Luke 9:3). By revealing his glory, Jesus demonstrated that he could remanifest his glorious power at any moment. This confirms that Jesus went to the cross freely and willingly, as a lamb led to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7). Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus, representing the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. Though obviously having never before seen them, the disciples seemed to immediately recognize who they were.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Here, in a moment of time, three of the disciples had the opportunity to glimpse the holiness, glory, and power of Jesus as God. They knew Jesus, the man, but they didn’t know Jesus the Son in glory. If Jesus was not both fully God and fully man, he could not have taken our punishment on the cross and then risen from the dead. Here on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus revealed his glorious splendor as the Son of God. Yet once again, Jesus “made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7–8).
Jesus was resolute. He would take the penalty for our sins upon himself and die a cursed death on the cross. After the transfiguration, Jesus gave his disciples strict orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until he had risen from the dead. They could not understand all that had been revealed by his transfiguration. They didn’t understand what Jesus meant by being raised from the dead. Later they would come to understand more fully that God the Son, Jesus, had come down to earth to take on human flesh that he might die for the sins of man and be raised on the third day to new life in victory over sin and death.

Jesus Saving Time

Key Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus gives us eternal life

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(Open the bible and read to your child John 3:1-17) Nicodemas was a teacher that came to Jesus at night to ask him some questions and learn from him. Nicodemas wanted to know first confirm who Jesus was. Jesus not only confirmed this, but told him how you can enter the kingdom of heaven, by being born again. Nicodemas was confused, so Jesus uses an example that he would recognize. When Moses led the people of Israel through the desert snakes invaded the camp. Moses made a snake of bronze, and every time they looked upon the snake they were saved from death. Jesus explained that, in the same way, he would be lifted up so that all could look on him and be saved.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about what you think heaven will be like. Share what you think heaven will look like and what you’re most looking forward to about heaven. Then ask your children to share their versions of what they think heaven might be like. Encourage your kids to use their imaginations as they dream about flying, eating candy for every meal, or meeting people mentioned in the Bible. Then ask your kids to think about how the thought of having eternal life and someday getting to live in heaven affects how they live their lives each day here on earth.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Create an “eternity mural” to hang on a wall in your home. Have family members draw pictures on sheets of construction paper and then piece the sheets together like quilt blocks. Have each family member contribute his or her ideas of what eternal life in heaven will be like.

Let us Give Thanks

Key Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done”
(1 Chronicles 16:8)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God helps us accomplish his plans

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Joshua 1:1-11) God spoke to Joshua the same way that He had spoken to Moses. Now that Moses passed away to be with God, the Israelites turned to their new leader that God has chosen. The task at hand was to finally cross into the land promised to them long ago, since leaving Egypt where they were slaves.  After God had spoken to Joshua he was very encouraged! God promised that He will be there with him and the Israelites, so they should be courageous!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share with your children a plan you feel God has for your life. Maybe it’s a ministry opportunity in your church or perhaps it’s a major career shift. Talk with your kids about what has kept you from following through—if anything—and think of ways you can get started working toward that plan this very week. Then ask your kids to share something they feel God might want to accomplish in their own lives. Encourage each other throughout the week to take the next step in following God’s plan for each of your lives.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Sometime this week do a ministry activity with your kids. Discuss why you do it and if it is the plan God has for your life. Talk with them about the importance of learning what plans God has for them, but reassure them they have time to discover that.

Harvest

Key Verse: “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” –
(Psalms 66:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Standing up for God means following him no matter what.

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Numbers 13:1-14:23) So it was time for the Israelites to take the land that God had given them. In preparation of this they sent spies into the land to see what kind of opposition they were facing. When the spies returned only Joshua and Caleb had faith that God could do what he said, the others exaggerated the reports of the size and strength of the lands inhabitants. God was angry at the Israelites but once again forgave them. Moses was able to talk with God and intercede for them (much like Christ intercedes for us). However, their actions resulted in consequences, and they were destined to walk in the desert for forty more years. Joshua and Caleb had enough faith in God that they stood firm even though it wasn’t the popular thing to do.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Spend time with your kids looking through the Bible for someone who was a hero and stood up for God. What qualities did that hero live out that you’d like to adopt in your life? Maybe that person stood up for God through his or her actions despite life-threatening consequences, or perhaps that person listened to the Holy Spirit instead of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Then, talk with your kids about areas where each of you need to make more of an effort to stand up for God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family look through an album of old family pictures. Look for pictures that depict times someone in the family stood up for someone else or was loyal to someone else. Maybe you’ll see a picture of an old friend that you stood up one time. Or maybe you’ll find a picture of a sports team in which members had to be loyal to each other and stick together in order to win. Then talk about times members in your family stood up for God or showed loyalty to God. Tell stories about those times. Then have each member of your family talk about times its hard to stand up for God. After everyone has shared, pray together for each person in your family. Ask God to give each of you courage to stand up for him everyday.

Harvest

Key Verse: “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” –
(Psalms 66:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Only God deserves our worship

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 32:1-25) Moses was up on the mountain for about six weeks receiving all the laws from God. Because of this, the people of Israel began to think Moses abandoned them or something happened to him. Since the Israelites were used to seeing “gods” in Egypt, and they could neither see God or Moses, God’s representative, they asked Aaron for a god that could get them moving again through the wilderness. Aaron did not stand up to the people and asked them for all their gold jewelry, which he used to make a golden calf. When Moses saw what happened, he grew angry and smashed the stone tablets that God had written the commandments on. It was God who freed the Israelites from Egypt and protected them, so it was God who deserved the worship. In our lives we need to recognize that God deserves our worship.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you loved or focused on something more than God. Maybe you got so caught up in your new car that you spent all your time washing it and taking care of it, or maybe your personal appearance became so important to you that you became focused only on yourself. Share what effects worshiping that other thing had on your life, and talk about how you returned to worshiping only God. Then, as a family, think of other things you might be tempted to worship. Come up with ways you can encourage each other to only worship God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Go for a family walk. Along the way, call out as many reasons as possible for worshiping God. For example, you might call out such reasons as sunshine, air, friends, food, and animals. Have someone write down answers. When you get home, have a family worship time, praising God for the wonderful blessings he gives us.