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.
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