If you were going to go on a long trip, what would you bring?
God’s people, the Israelites, were going on the longest trip they’d ever taken. They were finally going to be free from slavery in EGYPT!
If you want, grab your own “travel buddy” (a sibling or a stuffed animal) as you learn about their journey in our lesson today!
First, Let’s take a minute and settle down and ask God to help us to have fun and hear Him talk to us.
Holy Spirit, we ask you to come and fill us as we spend time studying your word. We pray that you would fill us fresh with your love, joy and peace. We give you all of the busy thoughts in our head and ask you to help us to focus on You. We love you, Jesus.
Wow! That’s an amazing true story!!
- Imagine that you were Israel. How might you feel about having God’s cloud lead you? Excited, safe, amazed… HINT: (Act out how you imagine you would feel, or show it with your face!)
- How might you feel when you found out the Egyptians are chasing you and there was a big lake in front of you (and no boats!)? Scared, nervous, afraid, trapped … (Show on your face what you might have looked like!)
- Get your Bible and look up Exodus 14:13-14. Can you read it out loud? If not, have a parent/guardian read it out loud for you.
- What did Moses tell the people to do? Don’t be afraid. Stand firm. Be still.
- Who would do the fighting in this battle against the Egyptians? God
- God fought the battle for his people, Israel and saved them by opening up the Red Sea. The people walked across on dry ground. What an amazing way to win a battle!
- When the people reached the other side, they put their trust in God and sang songs to Him and praised him for the victory.
- What does victory mean? To win! God won the battle. Did you know that one of God’s names is Victorious? It means that He is a winner. God always wins every battle.
- Read Exodus 15:13 in your Bible. What do you think that means? Can you put it in your own words? *Hint, this is part of the words to a song that the people were singing to God. When they say “you” it means God.
- Did the victory over Pharaoh and his army happen the way everyone expected? No.
- It’s the same with us. The victories that God wins in the battles in our lives don’t always look like we expect them to. But because God’s love is so faithful and strong, we can trust Him.
For today’s activity you’ll need:
- the biggest sheet you can find (or use two)
- two rows of chairs set up back to back with a 2-3ft space between the backs
- lots of stuffed animals
What you do:
- Set up the chairs and put the sheet(s) over the top of them
- Have a grownup or teenager pull the sheets down into the middle so there is a wall of sheets on each side to create a walk-through-on-dry-land tunnel.
- Secure the sheets by placing heavy books are other non-breakable items on the chairs.
How to play:
- Have each person participating take one stuffed animal and walk through the tunnel one at a time.
- Continue to walk through the tunnel one at a time, adding one more stuffed animals each time through.
- The person that can carry the most stuffed animals through the tunnel at a time (without dropping any!) is the winner
- Give the winner a hug and a high-five.
Today, we’re learning our verse with actions!
- Think about it: what are some victories that God has won in your life? (There are some examples below to get you started, but make them unique to YOU!)
- Jesus won the victory over sin for us when He died on the cross.
- Set us free from being afraid of the dark.
- Set us free from biting our fingernails.
- Helped us to stay calm and be kind when a sibling was bugging us
2. Thank Him! Let’s take a minute and thank Jesus for those victories.
Jesus, we thank you that You are Victorious! You always win. Thank you for helping me to have victory when _______________. (use the phrases you wrote down or shared earlier!)
3. Ask Him! Now let’s take a minute and ask Him for His help in areas where we need victory in our lives.
Jesus, I need your victory in __________. (Tell Him what area you need help in: being patient with schoolwork, speaking kindly to a sibling, falling asleep at bedtime, obeying parents. . .)
After prayer, parents/guardians bless your children with this blessing:
(Name), may you always know that God is victorious, and He will care for you.
Children bless each other with this blessing:
(Name of sibling), may you always be aware of God’s victory in your life.
From the EGC Kids Team: Parents, may YOU always know that God is victorious and that He cares for you. May you sense His presence with you this week in all that you do. We love you!!