I love the subtitle for The Jesus Storybook Bible – “every story whispers His name.” It delights my heart to find Jesus revealed all over the Old Testament from creation to Isaiah. There are some Old Testament stories, however, that do more than whisper Jesus’ name. Our current lesson in Starting Blocks is one of those that shouts the name of Jesus and gives a great preview of the Gospel. Take some time with your preschoolers this week to continue talking about the Plagues and Passover with the fun activities below.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
Last week we heard the story about how God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. God told Moses to go back to Egypt and tell the king, or Pharaoh, to let His people go! Moses obeyed God and went to Pharaoh, telling him exactly what God told him to say. Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go out of Egypt. His heart was unyielding. God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh that if His people were not released, plagues would come. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and God sent 10 plagues before the people were freed. First, God turned Aaron's stick into a snake. Then there were the plagues of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and, finally, the death of firstborn children. God is all powerful. The Israelites were saved from this final plague as long as they obeyed God and took the blood of a lamb and painted it on the doorposts of their houses. If they did this, death would pass over their household. Pharaoh’s son died in this last plague and he finally let the Israelites go. Today Jesus is our Passover lamb ! When we trust Jesus to forgive us for all the wrong things we have done He saves us from our sin. (Exodus 7—12:36)
- God is ALL powerful.
- Jesus is our Passover Lamb.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that God is ALL Powerful:
1. Flip Chart Fun
Create a flip chart to help your preschooler retell the Plagues and Passover story. Fold 2 pieces of paper in half (long ways or “hot dog style”) and then cut 5 slits (not all the way to the top of the page), so each piece is able to flip up. On the front of each slit write the number of the plague. On the inside, help your preschooler illustrate the plague. Then, have fun retelling the story of the plagues together.
2. Plagued Snacks?
Tell your child you are going to make a fun and silly snack based on some of the plagues. Ideas you can use:
- Water into Blood: Color water with red Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, or food coloring.
- Gnats, Flies, or Locusts: Use any type of cracker, spread on peanut butter, use pretzels for legs, and raisins for the eyes.
- Hail: Put ice cubes in a cup.
- Darkness: Choose one (graham cracker, apple slices, or celery sticks) and spread nutella or peanut butter on it. Explain how the entire whole land became dark.
TALK it out...
Questions you can ask while enjoying the snack:
- What did Moses say to Pharaoh? (Let my people go!)
- What did Pharaoh say to Moses? (NO!)
- Why did God send the plagues? (Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let God’s people go. The plagues showed the Israelites that God was all powerful and how much God loved them.)
3. Passover Lamb
On a piece of construction paper, draw circles for a lamb’s body and head. Let your child dip the bottom of cotton balls in glue and place them in the circles for their lamb’s body. For the eyes you can glue a small circle or draw it with a sharpie. On the top of the page write Jesus is our Passover Lamb! This is also a perfect opportunity to share the gospel story with your child!
God, you are all powerful. Thank you for making a plan to rescue us and be our Passover Lamb. We love you. Amen.
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