PSS Review: God sends Moses to Pharoah

God sends Moses to Pharoah Scripture: Exodus 5:1-6:13, 7:1-13

Age Group: 4-5 years old

Focus: God is all-powerful. He is greater than all. {Sovereign}

Opener:

Stacking blocks game - Before class take stacking blocks and place them around the room in various place. They don't have to be hidden, just not all together. Split the class into groups of 2 or 3. Give each group about 20 blocks {not the ones from around the room}. Tell them they must build a tower with their blocks in 20 seconds. When the time is up take down their towers and put the blocks in a box. Now tell them they must go find their own 20 blocks, bring them back to the table, and build a tower, but they still only have 20 seconds to complete the task. Talk about how much harder it was to complete the task the second time.

Lesson:

Last week God talked to Moses from a burning bush and told him to go talk to Pharoah and tell him to let God's people leave Egypt. Now it is time for Moses and his brother Aaron to go talk to Pharoah. They went to him and boldly asked if he would let God's people leave so they could worship God. Pharoah said NO. He did not know God, he did not believe in God. Instead he made life harder for the Israelites.

He had already made the Israelites slaves and forced them to do hard work like making bricks. One thing you need to make bricks is straw, so the Egyptians had been gathering straw and bringing it to the Israelites to make the bricks. But now Pharaoh was made. So he made God's people fins their own straw, but still make the same number of bricks in a day. If they did not get the work done he would have the Israelite leaders beaten. Does that seem right? No, Pharaoh was getting back at God's people for asking to leave.

God told Moses and Aaron to go back to Pharaoh and ask again, and God warned Moses that Pharoah's heart would be hardened. That means he would not listen to Moses or believe in God. This was all part of God's plan to save his people in a mighty way. Still, Moses was nervous, so God gave them a sign to show Moses he was from God. When Moses and Aaron were standing in front of Pharaoh, Aaron threw his staff on the ground and kit became a snake. So Pharoah brought in magicians who used their magic to turn their staffs into snakes. But Aaron's snake swallowed up the magicians snakes. Still Pharoah did not believe and said No, he would not let God's people leave Egypt.

My partner teacher had a cool visual for this lesson. She cut off the leg of a stocking. You could also use a long sock. This was Aaron's snake. Then she had several small plastic snakes representing the magicians' snakes. As she was telling the story she put the small plastic snakes inside the sock, making it "swallow them up."

Where is Jesus in this story?

It seems as though everything is getting worse for the Israelites and Moses. But we have to remember that God's plan can never be stopped. Think about Jesus. When he was arrested, beaten, and killed things were not looking very good. But God used the death of Jesus, something bad, to save his people from their sins in a mighty way. "God knew exactly what he was doing. Even when the bad guys seem to be winning, God's plan to save us is working perfectly." {Gospel Storybook Bible, pg 58}

Discussion Questions:

{1} *When Aaron threw his staff on the ground and it became a snake, Pharaoh's magicians did the same thing. Does that mean the magicians were as powerful as God is?

{2} *How did God show that he is stronger and more powerful? He made Aaron's snake swallow up the magician's snakes

{3} What message did Moses and Aron bring to Pharoah?

*from He Established a Testimony pg 60 by Sally Michael. Children Desiring God. Copyright 2008

Activities:

Craft - Springy Spiral Snake

mosessnake mosessnake2

Idea found HERE.  I went ahead and cut the spiral snake for them. Then the colored them with markers. We punched a hole in the center and tied a string to it. They had so much fun bouncing and spinning their snakes. We talked again about our powerful God and how he showed his power with Aaron's snake.

Song - Our God by Chris Tomlin

Our God is greater, our God is stronger God You are higher than any other Our God is Healer, awesome and power Our God, Our God... Our God is greater, our God is stronger God You are higher than any other Our God is Healer, awesome and power Our God, Our God... And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us And if our God is with us, then what can stand against? And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us And if our God is with us, then what can stand against? What can stand against?

Memory verse: Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you found this lesson helpful.  Feel free to chime in with some comments on activities and ideas you have for these lessons, things you found helpful, or what you like to do in your preschool Sunday school classes!

Elizabeth Ann