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”
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that Remind us How God is in Control of Everything
1. Plague Hopscotch
Hopscotch – draw a hopscotch game on your sidewalk, porch or driveway. First put a number (1 – 10) in the top corner of each square. For each number/square, draw/illustrate a picture of one of the plagues. Here are some ideas: Blood – red river; Frogs – green frogs/dots; Gnats – tiny black dots; Flies – black asterisks; Livestock – grass on the bottom of square w/ brown animal stick figure dotted with red dots all over; Boils – stick figure with red dots all over; Hail – clouds at the top of square w/ gray diamond-shapes falling down; Locusts – yellow ovals with “B”- shaped wings; Darkness – color whole square black; Firstborn children – sad faces (stick figure style).
Make sure your kiddo knows which plague each square represents – quiz him/her every-so-often during the game. Play a traditional game of Hopscotch using a stone, bean bag, or some other type of marker.
2. Hard vs. Soft
The Bible says repeatedly that Pharaoh’s heart was hard. Illustrate the difference between hard and soft for your child by having them find different objects to compare with each other, such as a pillow and a book, a stuffed animal and a plastic doll, etc.
Later, on your porch or driveway, give your child a pitcher of water. You will need a rock and a large sponge that has been wet and then completely wrung out. Let your child feel the difference between the rock and the sponge. Then let your child slowly pour water onto the rock. Help your child observe how all of the water runs off the rock- none of it gets inside. Then let them slowly pour water on the sponge and observe how it is different than the rock – that is soaks up water… you can explain to your child that it is good to have a soft heart (like the sponge) that can soak up God’s Word. Pharaoh’s heart was hard, like the rock, and would not let God’s truth get inside.
3. Ten Times
God sent Moses to ask Pharaoh to free his people. Ten times Pharaoh said “no” before he let them go. Practice with your child counting to 10 by doing 10 claps, 10 jumps, 10 stomps, 10 shouts, etc.
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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