Moses is Found

Age 5+: Read Exodus 1:8-22, 2:1-10 
Under 5: Read about baby Moses from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

A new pharaoh came into power. He didn’t know about what Joseph had done to save the Egyptians in the great famine. He didn’t like the Israelites, so he put them to work as slaves. In spite of this, their numbers grew. The king was afraid the Israelites would gain too much power, so he told the people that every baby boy born to the Israelites must be thrown into the river.

Soon after that, a baby boy was born. The mother could not bear to hurt her baby, so she hid him as long as she could. Then she thought of a plan to save her child. She made a small boat out of stems and grass, gently placed the baby inside, and watched as he floated down the river. She sent his older sister, Miriam, to follow and look out for him. The Pharaoh’s daughter saw the boat, and picked up the baby and held him. She decided to call the baby Moses because he came from out of the water. Moses grew up as a prince in Egypt.

Discussion 
Preschool questions:
What was the name of the baby who was saved? Moses. 
Who found him in the river? Pharaoh’s daughter. 

Elementary questions:
What is a pharaoh? An Egyptian king. 
What did the king order to be done to the baby boys? He wanted them thrown in the river. 
What would happen to the babies if their parents threw them in the river? They would drown (die). 
Who did Moses’ parents obey, the pharaoh or God? God. 
Who was Miriam? Moses’ older sister.

Preteen application:
How did God use an Egyptian to save Moses? Only someone as powerful as the Pharaoh’s daughter could prevent Moses from being killed. 
How was Moses’ mother rewarded for trusting in God? He spared her child, and used him to free the Israelites 80 years later. 

Memory Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart" Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) 

Journal (age 8+) Copy the memory verse, and think about how Moses’ mother had to trust God and let her baby go. Write about a time that you had to “let go” and leave everything up to God. Discuss how it made you feel and how the situation was resolved. Write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of baby Moses floating in his boat. Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Discuss what we should do when God’s law conflicts with man’s law. Give biblical examples such as Pharaoh’s order to kill children vs. God’s commandment not to murder, and current examples like abortion.

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, and submit any prayer requests.

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