The Burning Bush:
One day when Moses was eighty years old, he saw a fire burning in a bush.
But, he was frightened, because that bush was not being burnt up
by the flames!
As Moses watched this strange sight, God called to him and told Moses
that He had come to deliver His people Israel from the Egyptians.
God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Israel people go,
so that they could leave Egypt with all their cattle and possessions.
How would you like it if someone caught you and your family and took you
far away, and forced you to make bricks all day and build huge
buildings? (Let the children respond).
God told Moses to throw his staff on the ground as a sign. When Moses
did so, it became a snake. The Lord then told him to pick up the
snake! Would you have picked it up? Perhaps it was a very
poisonous one! (Let the children respond
Anyway, Mose's knees shook as he gingerly picked up the snake by the tip
of its tail, and to his surprise, it became a staff again in his hand!
Then Moses asked God for someone to help him, so God said that he
could have the help of Aaron his brother.
You Can't Go!
Moses left the land of Midian where he lived and returned to Egypt and
went with Aaron to see Pharaoh. Moses said, "The Lord God of
Israel says you must let His people go".
Pharoah got mad and shouted, "Who are you, and who is this Lord?
I will not let His people go!" Pharaoh then punished the people
of Israel with even harder work. They were forced to make more
bricks - thousands and thousands of them, and build huge temples and
When Moses and Aaron went again to Pharaoh, he demanded, "Now, prove that
you speak for the Lord by working a miracle!" So Aaron threw his
staff on the ground and it became a snake. Pharoah laughed and
said, "Magicians, do the same!" So they did and threw their
staffs onto the ground and they turned into snakes.
Pharaoh laughed and laughed and shouted, "Who are you, and who is this
Lord? I won't let these people of Israel go!"
The First Plague:
Next day, Moses and Aaron caused the water in the river Nile to turn into
blood, and all the fish in the river died and stank, and all the water in
Egypt became blood. But Pharoah's magicians also turned water into
"I'm not impressed! roared Pharoah and refused to let Moses' people go.
Then the Lord started to sent other terrible plagues to convince
Pharaoh that he should listen to Moses.
The Second Plague:
The Lord sent millions of frogs to cover all of Egypt. You found them
in your clothes and in your shoes, and in your bed, and in your food!
That was yucky wasn't it? (Let the children respond
But it was worse when you stood on two or three and they squished under
your feet! They were all gooey and you would think that Pharoah
would have had enough when he climbed into bed that night and felt dozens
of slimey frogs crawling all over his body! "Never!" he yelled,
"I'll never let them go!"
The Third Plague:
Next, God sent millions of tiny little insects called "gnats" and they bit
the people and animals of Egypt. You scratched and itched and the
pesty things got into your mouth and nose, and crawled all over your body
biting wherever they went! They nearly drove those poor Egyptians
And what do you think Pharoah said? (Let the children respond).
I think he said as he scratched his tummy, "Never! Ouch that
hurt! Nev-ee-er!" And he wouldn't let the people of Israel
The Fourth Plague:
And then millions of flies swarmed everywhere in Egypt and got into
everything. I'm sure when Pharaoh opened his mouth to eat his
suppper he got a mouthful of flies! Yuck! Can you imagine
chewing flies! (Let the children respond
But, still Pharaoh refused to listen to Moses and let the people go.
The Fifth Plague:
And then the Lord caused all the cattle of the Egyptians to die.
Pharoh went to look at his prize bull and cattle. Oh, dear, they
were all dead!
And what did Pharoah say? (Let the children respond).
That's right he shouted, "Moses you're not going one step out of
The Sixth Plague:
Then God said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from a furnace
and throw it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. Moses did
this and it caused painful boils to come out on all the animals and
people of Egypt.
But even though Pharaoh was in pain sitting on a cushion, I'm sure you
know there were lots of boils! He wouldn't listen to Moses and
Aaron and let the people of Israel go.
The Seventh Plague:
When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, God sent thunder,
lightening and hail on the land of Egypt. It was the worst storm
Egypt had ever seen and hail struck everything in the land, both men
and animals. It flattened everything growing in the fields and
stripped every tree.
The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the the
people of Israel lived in slave camps, and their crops and animals were
safe. Pharoah saw this, but still he would not let them go.
The Eighth Plague:
Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and God sent a huge swarm of
locusts. They settled in great numbers and covered all the ground
until it was black with insects. They ate every plant left after
the hail and all the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained
on trees or plants in all the land of Egypt.
Pharaoh quickly called for Moses and Aaron and said, "I have sinned
against the Lord your God and against you. Now forgive my sin and
pray to your God to take this deadly plague away from me."
And so God sent a very strong west wind, and this blew the locusts into
the Red Sea until not a single locust was left anywhere in Egypt.
But Pharaoh still refused to let the Israelites go!
The Nineth Plague:
And then God sent darkness for three whole days over all Egypt.
It was totally dark and you could not see a thing! And everyone
went around feeling where they were and getting lost!
But, you guessed it! Pharaoh still would not let the people of
And then the Lord told Moses to prepare for the most terrible punishment
of all for this wicked king. He told Moses that all the first-born
in the land would die, but the people of Israel would be safe.
God told Moses to have each family kill a perfect lamb, and mark their
doorposts with blood from the lamb. In that way, the angel of death
would know which houses to spare when he came to kill the first-born of
Egypt. He would pass over houses that were marked with blood and
the people inside would be safe.
The Tenth and Last Plague:
The next day just as God had said, all the first-born children of Egypt
had died. In each household there was terrible sorrow over their
Even Pharoah's first born child was dead and so he finally let the people
go, and thousands of men, women, and children packed up their belongings
and marched out of Egypt!
Did you know that God also has a plan for each of your lives? Just as
God planned to use Moses, even before he was born, so God has prepared a
plan for each of your lives.
God knows each of you, and if you obey God and let Him guide you each day,
He will use you at the right time to help and care for other people.