October 19, 2014

OT 29 God Gives Moses the Law

Reference: Exodus 19

Story Summary: 
     After God led them through the Red Sea, God led the Israelites to camp by Mount Sinai. There, God told the Israelites that he would meet with Moses on the mountain. God told Moses and the people to obey him completely. If they did, the nation of Israel would be his special treasure.
     God told them to get ready for his coming by washing his clothes. He said that anyone who went on the mountain would die, so he told them to place limits around it to keep the people safe.
     On the morning of God's coming, there was thunder and lightning. A thick cloud covered the mountain. A trumpet blew, the earth shook, and smoke from a fire came as God descended on the mountain. God's voice spoke from the mountain and called Moses up.
     While on Mount Sinai, God gave his law to Moses. These were the rules that God wanted his people to live by. We call the ten most important of these rules the Ten Commandments. God gave them the law so that his people would know the good he wanted them to do, be aware of the bad things they had done, and know that they needed a savior.

Big Idea and Motions: God’s law shows us the good to do, the bad we’ve done, and that we need a savior.
God - point up
Law - pretend to write on your palm
Good to do - two thumbs
Bad we’ve done - two thumbs down
Savior - do the baseball “safe” sign

Verse / Motions: Psalm 119:72, ESV - The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Law - pretend to write on your palm
Mouth - point to your mouth
Better - two thumbs up
Me - point to yourself with your two thumbs
Thousands - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Gold and silver pieces - pretend to pull coins out of your pocket

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What large place did the Israelites camp by? // Mount Sinai
Who met with the Israelites on Mount Sinai? // God
What did God say he’d do for the Israelites if they obeyed his law? // They’d be his special treasure
What did the people say when God told them to obey his law? // We will obey
What did God want the Israelites to do to their clothes before he came? // Wash them
What would happen to people who went up the mountain when God was there? // They would die
What scary things happened when God came on the mountain? // Trumpets blew, lighting and thunder, thick clouds, fire and smoke
How did the people feel after the clouds, thunder, smoke, and trumpets? // They were afraid
What did God give to Moses when he was on the mountain? // His law
What do we call the most important of God’s commandments? // The ten commandments

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/aUzorC
Resources - http://goo.gl/JnXYV1

October 12, 2014

OT 28B Moses Defeats Amalek

Reference: Exodus 17:8-17

Story Summary: 
     After leaving Egypt, the Israelites were attacked by a group of people called the Amalekites. They were led by a man named Amalek.
     Moses told Joshua to find some men who were ready to fight. Moses, along with his brother Aaron and Hur, went to the top of the hill. He brought with him the staff of God, the same staff God used to send the 10 plagues and part the Red Sea.
     During the battle, Moses held up the staff. He wanted God to help them win the battle against the Amalekites. When Moses held the staff up high, the Israelites would begin to win the battle. Whenever his arms lowered, the Amalekites would start to win.
     As the battle wore on, Moses began to tire. Aaron and Hur brought a rock for Moses to sit on. And they helped hold his arms high above his head. And so, with the help of God, Joshua and the Israelites defeated Amalek and the Amalekites.
     God was on the Israelites' side during the battle. And we know God is on our side, too, because he sent his Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins.

Big Idea and Motions: Because Jesus died, we know God’s on our side.
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Died - cross your arms across your chest and bow your head
Know - tap your temple
God’s - point up
Our side - point to yourself with both thumbs

Verse / Motions: Romans 8:31, ESV - What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
What then - shrug your shoulders, tilt your head, and hold out your hands
Say - make your hand talk like a puppet
God - point up
For us - point to yourself with both thumbs
Who - place a hand above your eyes and look around
Against us - punch your palm

True or False Questions
The Israelites attacked the Amalekites. // False, it was the other way around
They were called the “Amalekites” because their leader was named “Amalek.” // True
Moses’ staff was special because it was magic. // False, God told him to use it; God was the powerful one
When Moses’ held the staff up high, the Amalekites would win. // False, the Israelites would win
The two men who helped Moses were Aaron and Hur. // True
Joshua helped lead the Amalekite soldiers. // False, he led the Israelites
Aaron and Hur brought a rock for Moses to sit on. // True
Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ legs when he got tired. // False, they held up his arms.
The Israelites won the battle because of God’s help. // True
God is not on our side. // False, God is on our side.
We know God is on our side because he sent Amalek to die for our sins. // False, he sent Jesus

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/kZv3L8
Resources - http://goo.gl/S9QQOB

October 5, 2014

OT 28 God Parts the Red Sea

Reference: Exodus 13:17-14:31

Story Summary: 
      After Israelites left Egypt, God told them to camp by the Red Sea. He appeared to them during the day as a pillar of cloud and, at night, a pillar of fire. Whenever the pillars moved, the Israelites would follow.
     When they stopped by sea, God knew that Pharaoh would see think, "They're lost! I'm going after them." Just like God said, Pharaoh sent his army, with 600 chariots, after the Israelites. God wanted to show his glory, to let the Egyptians know that he was the one true God.
     When the Israelites saw Pharaoh's army coming, they thought they were doomed. But God told Moses that he would fight for them.
     That night, God had Moses hold up his staff. As he did, God sent a great wind that split the Red Sea into two, with a wall of water on each side. The Israelites walked down the middle of the Red Sea on dry ground. As they reached the other side, the Egyptians chased them into the middle of the Red Sea.
     God had Moses reach his hand out again. This time, the waters went back down. All of Pharaoh's army was caught as the waters rushed in.

Big Idea and Motions: God is all-powerful.
God - point up
All - gesture in a wide circle
Powerful - flex your muscles

Verse / Motions: Jeremiah 32:27, ESV - Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?
Behold - cup your hands around your mouth
I am - point to yourself with two thumbs
Lord - point up
Flesh - squeeze the skin on your arm or cheek
Anything - wave your arms back and forth
Too hard - pretend to lift a heavy weight above your head
Me - point to yourself with two thumbs

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What was the name of the water that the Israelites walked to? // Red Sea
What did God appear to the Israelites as during the day? // A pillar of clouds
What did God appear to the Israelites as during the night? // A pillar of fire
What did Pharaoh decide to do? // Chase after the Israelites with his army
Why did God have Pharaoh chase after the Israelites? // Show his glory, so they would know he’s God
What did the Israelites do when they saw the Egyptian soldiers? // Complained, thought they would die
What did God tell Moses to do? // Hold out his staff
What happened when Moses held out his staff? // God made the waters part into two.
What did the Israelites do when God parted the water into two? // They walked across on dry land.
What happened when the Egyptians chased after the Israelites? // The waters came back down and swallowed them up.

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/VYojrv
Resources - http://goo.gl/qPvGc1

September 28, 2014

OT 27B The Tenth Plague and the Passover

Reference: Exodus 11-12

Story Summary: 
     After nine plagues, Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go. God then told Moses about the tenth plague. After this plague, he said, Pharaoh will change his mind. So Moses went and told Pharaoh what the tenth plague would be: the firstborn son of every family in Egypt would die. But Pharaoh still would not listen.
     Moses told the Israelites about the tenth plague, that God would be sending an angel and the firstborn son in each family would die. Moses told them to take the blood of a lamb and spread in on the top and sides of their door. When the angel saw the blood, it would pass over their houses and they would be saved. He also told them to eat a special meal of lamb meat, bitter plants, and unleavened bread. So, the Israelites did what he asked.
     That night, God's angel went through Egypt. The firstborn son in each family died, but those who placed the lamb's blood on their door were saved. When Pharaoh saw that his own son had died, he finally let Moses and the Israelites go. The Egyptians were kind to the Israelites. They gave them silver and gold items as they left.

Big Idea and Motions: God wants us to remember how he saved us.
God - point up
Us - point to yourself
Remember - tap your brain
Saved - do the baseball “safe” sign

Verse / Motions: Deuteronomy 5:15, ESV - You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand...
Remember - tap your brain
Slave - cross your wrists over top of each other
Egypt - form a pyramid over your head with your arms
Lord your God - point up
Brought you out - pretend to reach down and help someone up
Mighty hand - hold out your hand

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
When Moses told Pharaoh what the tenth plague would be, did Pharaoh let the Israelites go? // No.
What was the tenth plague? // The death of the firstborn son of each family.
Who was God going to send to do the tenth plague? // A destroying angel
What did Moses tell the people to do to make the angel pass over their house? // Spread a lamb’s blood on the top and sides of their door
What did God tell the Israelites to eat that night? // Lamb meat, unleavened bread, bitter plants
What was the name of this special meal? // The Passover
How often were they to eat the Passover? // Once a year
Why did he want them to eat the Passover? // To remember how God saved them
During that night, what happened? // The oldest son in each family died
What did Pharaoh do after the tenth plague? // Let the Israelites go
What did the Egyptians give the Israelites while they left? // Silver and gold items

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/8S8IKb
Resources - http://goo.gl/8kXKYG

September 21, 2014

OT 27A The First Nine Plagues

Reference: Exodus 8-10

Story Summary: 
     God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to let the Israelites leave Egypt to worship him. To prove that God was with them, Aaron threw down his staff and it turned into a snake. Despite this, Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go. Instead, he made their work as slaves even harder!
     God told Moses that he was going to send a series of plagues on Egypt. These great punishments would show God's great power and eventually make Pharaoh let the Israelites go.
     In the first nine plagues, God turned the water in Egypt to blood, covered the land with frogs, flies, gnats, and locusts, killed the livestock, sent lightning and hail, gave people painful boils, and covered the land in darkness. During these plagues, God kept his people, the Israelites, safe from danger.
     Because Pharaoh was so stubborn, each time he refused to let the Israelites go. And because Pharaoh
would not let the Israelites go, God would send one last plague. It would be the most terrible of all and Pharaoh would finally let God's people go.

Big Idea and Motions: God is really, really powerful.
God - point up
Really - hold up one fist
Really - hold up the other fist
Powerful - flex your muscles

Verse / Motions: Psalm 77:14, ESV - You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.
You - point to another person
God - point up
Works wonders - gesture your arms out while wiggling your fingers
Made known - tap your temple
Might - flex your muscles
Peoples - point to various people in the room

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Why did the Israelites need to be rescued? // They were slaves in Egypt
What did Pharaoh do when Moses and Aaron told him to let the Israelites go? // Make their work harder
What happened when Aaron threw down his staff? // It turned into a snake
What did Aaron’s snake do to the Egyptian wise man’s snake? // It swallowed it up.
What is a plague? // A great big punishment from God.
Why did God send the 10 plagues? // To show his power, make Pharaoh let the Israelites go.
Name one of the nine plagues we talked about? // Water into blood, Frogs, Gnats, Flies, Death of Livestock, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness
Who was protected during these plagues? // The Israelites
What did Pharaoh do after each of these plagues? // Not let the Israelites go.

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/2ObtdY
Resources - http://goo.gl/TvvPYl

September 14, 2014

OT 26 Moses and the Burning Bush

Reference: Exodus 2-4

Story Summary: 
     When Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, he attacked and killed him. When Pharaoh found out, he wanted to punish him, so Moses ran away to Midian. There, Moses married, had a son, and grew old.
     While watching sheep one day, Moses came to a bush that was one fire, but didn't burn up. God spoke to Moses from the bush. He told Moses he was sending him to rescue the Israelites, who were slaves in the land of Egypt.
     Moses didn't know why God would pick him to be the one to rescue the Israelites, but God promised to be with him. Moses asked what God's name was, so he could tell the Israelites who sent him. God said his name was, "I Am Who I Am."
     God had Moses do two miracles: turning a staff into a snake and healing a disease from his hand. Moses would do these miracles again in Egypt to prove that God had sent him. But Moses said, "I can't go. I don't speak well." God promised to help Moses speak, but Moses still would not go. So God picked Moses' brother, Aaron, to go with him. Aaron would do the speaking for Moses. So finally, Moses left for Egypt.

Big Idea and Motions: God gives us the power to obey him.
God - point up
Gives - pretend to hold a present and give it to someone
Power - flex your muscles
Obey - form the letter “O” with your hands above your head

Verse / Motions: Philippians 4:13, ESV - I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
I - point to yourself
Can do - bump one fist on top of the other
All things - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Through him - point up
Strengthens - flex your muscles
Me - point to yourself

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Why did Moses run away? // He killed an Egyptian for hurting an Israelite
Where did Moses run away to? // Midian
Why did the Israelites cry out to God? // They were slaves in Egypt
What strange sight did Moses see? // A burning bush that didn’t burn up
Who spoke to Moses from the bush? // God
What message did God have for Moses? // He was sending him to rescue the Israelites
When Moses asked God’s name, what did God say? // Yahweh, I Am Who I Am
What did God have Moses do to prove God was with him? // Turned his staff into a snake, healed a disease on his hand
Why didn’t Moses think he could do it? // He didn’t speak well
Who did God pick to help Moses speak? // Moses’ brother Aaron

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/FO6YGK
Resources - http://goo.gl/tcNXRw

September 7, 2014

OT 25 The Birth of Moses

Reference: Exodus 1-2

Story Summary: 
Years after Joseph, his brothers, and their children died, the Israelites grew into a large nation of people among the people of Egypt. A new Pharaoh came to power who did not remember Joseph. He was afraid the Israelites would continue to grow, join with Egypt's enemies, and go to war with them.
   To stop them from growing, Pharaoh worked the Israelites like slaves, having slave masters beat them as they worked. But the Israelites continued to grow and the Egyptians contiued to be afraid.
   Then, Pharaoh commanded that all the Israelite boys be thrown into the Nile River. A while later, an Israelite woman gave birth to a baby boy. After hiding him for three months, she coated a basket with tar, placed the baby inside, and floated him on the Nile River, where he was discovered by Pharaoh's daughter, who felt sorrow for the baby. She paid the baby's own mother to nurse him. When she was done, he was brought back to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses.
   Moses' story is important because he was the man God picked to lead the exodus out of Egypt.

Big Idea and Motions: God takes good care of his people.
God - point up
Good care - hug yourself
People - hold your palms out and wiggle your fingers

Verse / Motions: 1 Peter 5:7, ESV - casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Casting - pretend to cast a fishing rod (or throw a ball)
All - gesture your arms in a wide circle circle
Anxieties - put your hands on your cheeks and look worried
Him/he - point up
Cares - hug yourself
You - point to another person

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What does the word “exodus” mean? // To exit or leave
Why was the new Pharaoh worried that the Israelites grew and grew? // They could fight against Egypt
What was the new Pharaoh’s first plan to stop the Israelites from growing? // Work them like slaves and beat them
Did the plan to work them like slaves keep them from growing? // No
What was Pharaoh’s second plan to keep the Israelites from growing? // Throw baby boys in the river
What special baby was this story about? // Moses
How long did Moses’ mom hide him? // Three months
What did she do with him after three months? // Floated him in a special basket in the river
Who found Moses in the basket? // Pharaoh’s daughter
Who hid and watched Moses float in the basket? // His big sister
Who did Pharaoh’s daughter get to take care of baby Moses? // His own mother

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/JZniWU
Resources - http://goo.gl/kn28XB