Passages: Exodus 1-40
Big Idea: God saves you before you can serve him.
Ten lessons exploring the book of Exodus.
Note: These lessons are yet to be upgraded to the new Kidswise format. Each lesson contains two parts: K-2 is for children aged 5-7 and 3-5 is for children ages 8-11.
The word Exodus means going out or departure. If Genesis is the story of man’s fall and exclusion from God’s presence, then Exodus is the story of a Sovereign God’s redemption of his people. He saves them so that they can be what he’d made them to be, his holy people.
Genesis ends with God’s chosen family, Abraham’s descendants, being welcomed and settled in Egypt. At this stage they number 70. Exodus opens with the descendants of Abraham having grown into a nation too numerous to count, whose wealth and size has become a threat to the Egyptians. So threatening, that the Egyptian solution was to enslave them. The promises to their father Abraham - a large nation, living in a land of their own, blessing the world - seem a distant memory.
Enter Moses. Moses has been described by D. L. Moody as a man who spent forty years thinking he was a somebody, forty years learning he was a nobody and 40 years being blown away by what an all-powerful God can do with a nobody. (page 50-51, What The Bible Is All About, by Dr. Henrietta Mears)
God begins by saving the Saviour. His sovereign hand is seen in the midwives who feared God and let the baby boys live, to the desperate creation of a mini ark by a desperate mother, to the compassion of a Princess who could not kill a crying baby boy.
This Saviour however is in stark contrast to Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Moses is convinced God has made a mistake and is unwilling to go back to Egypt to rescue God’s people.
The unwilling Saviour eventually returns to Egypt and confronts an unwilling Pharaoh. A sovereign God with supreme power is clearly seen. Plague after plague after plague decimate the gods so worshipped by the Egyptian people. They worshipped the river, so God turned it to blood. They worshipped the sun, so God blocked out it’s light. By God’s mighty hand the Israelites are set free. And even Pharaoh’s change of mind is no match as God opens up the sea and makes a way for his people to move from slavery to freedom.
God’s freed people are taken across the desert to Mount Sinai where God spells out what it looks like to be his chosen people. They have been saved to be his people, set apart by a holy God from all other nations to live as his holy people. Set apart to serve him.
The unit comes complete with stories, pictures, suggested songs/memory verses, games, drama activities, crafts, large and small group activities. A resource pack full of crafts and worksheets is also included.