The Passover

Last week we talked about the 9 of the 10 plagues that stuck the people and land of Egypt when Moses confronted the Pharaoh.  He asked the ruler to let God’s people go so that they could worship the LORD.  The story of the tenth plague/first Passover is found in Exodus 11-12.  There is sadness that comes from reading through this chapter in the Bible because so many died when the Lord struck down all the first-born of the people and the animals in Egypt.

The people of Israel were saved through the death and blood of the sacrificial Passover lamb.  They were given strict instructions about what sort of lamb to offer and what to do with the blood.  The blood, painted on the doorposts of their home, was a sign that they trusted in the Lord and followed His commands.  By the blood of the lamb, God’s people were kept from death and destruction.

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Here’s some facts for your to review about the Passover.  Can you remember the correct answer to complete the sentence?

1. Passover celebrates the freedom of God’s people from _______in ancient Egypt.

2. Moses was called by ______ to go to the king of Egypt and demand freedom for the Israelites.

3. The king of Egypt is known as the _______.

4. God sent down ___ plagues (or punishments) to force the king to change his mind.

5. The final tenth plague occurred when the firstborn sons of the _________ were killed.

6. The Israelites were spared from the plague because they mark their door posts with the _____ of a lamb.

(Correct answers: slavery, Yahweh, pharaoh, 10, Egyptians, blood)

Come Sunday and we’ll talk about how Jesus is the final sacrificial Lamb, who takes away the sin of the world and saves those who trust in Him from death and destruction.

Love you!

Mrs. Bess

Now will you let my people go?

I was introduced to a book recently that I have come to love!  It is called The Bible-time Nursery Rhyme Book by Emily Hunter.  She tells Bible stories in nursery rhyme poems.  The poems are clever and the illustrations are captivating. Here’s the rhyme she writes about Moses when he goes to talk to Pharaoh and tells him that God has said, “Let my people go!” Check it out in Exodus 8-9…

NOW WILL YOU LET MY PEOPLE GO?

River is turned to bloody red. Every fish in the river is dead.

Water isn’t fit to drink. All the pools and rivers stink.

Please won’t you let my people go?

NO, I WON’T! NO, NO, NO!

Frogs are every…every…where! In your closets! In your hair!

In your ovens! In your bread! And when you sleep, they’re in your bed!

Now, will you let my people go?

NO, I WON’T! NO, NO, NO!

 See the lice upon the ground! Gnats and lice are all around!

See the clouds of swarming flies! Thick as dust before your eyes!

Now, will you let my people go?

NO, I WON’T! NO, NO, NO!

See the camels that you ride!  And every horse! They all have died!

Sores and boils on everyone!  Sores that sting and swell and run!

Hail is falling! Bing, bang, bing! Big as rocks! Ping, pang, ping!

Locusts hopping everywhere!  Eating leaves till trees are bare!

Days are dark, as black as night!  Sun no longer gives its light~

Now, you’ll surely let us go!

NO! MY ANSWER STILL IS NO!

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I haven’t included all the lines to the poem– you’ll have to wait until next week to see how it turns out.  But based on the poem see if you can guess which plague happened on which day?

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Pharaoh was a harsh ruler and didn’t want to do things God’s way.  But we know God’s authority is over all people, nations and rulers.  God had a plan to save His people and Pharaoh wasn’t going to be able to stop it!

We’ll talk about that on Sunday! See you then, I hope!

Love,

Mrs. Bess

(Answers top to bottom on left: 6, 7, 3, 2, 1; Answers top to bottom on right: 8, 10, 9, 4, 5)

Moses in Midian

Moses ends up leaving Egypt and fleeing to the land of Midian.  He gets into trouble with Pharaoh and is forced to find a new home.  He becomes a shepherd, marries a Midianite woman and has a family.  Then God appears to him in an unusual way.

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As he is tending his flock in the Midian wilderness Moses sees a strange sight and hears an extraordinary voice speaking to him.  He is told to remove his shoes because where he is standing is holy ground.  It is God speaking to him from the burning bush.  God tells Moses that His name is Yahweh and that He is going to send Moses back to Egypt to tell Pharaoh to “Let my people go!”

Moses isn’t sure he is the right person. But God is sure.  He uses several signs to convince Moses he is the chosen man.  Come on Sunday and you’ll find out how Moses ends up leaving his home in Midian to return to Egypt.

Help Moses find the Burning Bush where he will hear instructions from God.

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With love,

Mrs. Bess

 

Drawn from the Water

“For the sake of Jacob My servant,

and Israel My chosen one,

I have also called you by your name;

I have given you a title of honor

Though you have not known Me.

I am the Lord, and there is no other;

Besides me there is no God.

I will gird you, though you have not known Me,

that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun

that there is no one besides me.” Isaiah 45:4-6

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We find God’s people in Egypt.  They had come from the land of Canaan but left there because of lack of food.  When they came to Egypt they were well-cared for by the Pharaoh and by Joseph who was sent there by God to save many lives.

Eventually Joseph dies and Pharaoh dies. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are born.  The Hebrew people (Israel, God’s chosen ones) end up as slaves in the land of Egypt.  They have grown into a very large and strong nation. The new ruler in Egypt, another Pharaoh, is threatened by how strong these people are and he is the one who has made them slaves. They are put to work making bricks to build all the magnificent structures that are still standing today in the land of Egypt.

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But God has a plan to save them and he is going to use a little baby, drawn out of the water, as the one designated to go to Pharaoh and stand up to him and say, “Let my people go!”

Come on Sunday and see who that baby is and how God works His plan in very unique and surprising ways!

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Love, Mrs. Bess

Missions Conference- You’re Invited!

In Children’s Church each week in January we talk about what it means to be a missionary and what missionaries do. These are fun lessons that teach us about how the Good News is shared to people in different places, who speak different languages, eat different kinds of foods, enjoy doing different activities, play different games.

Yet the message that is shared with them is the same!  We have one Savior whose name is Jesus and he died for each of us, that we might come into a loving relationship with Him.  When we put our faith in Him we know that we will spend eternity with Him, giving him glory forever!

This Friday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday during church we will hear from a variety of men and women who share that message with people young and old.

Some share the gospel to children who come to summer camp

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Some people share the gospel with people who need food to eat and a place to sleep

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Some go to places around the world, leaving their home here in the United States to go to other places to tell people about Jesus.

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And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”

That’s the message that we will be hearing at all these special events. Hope you can come and find out how God can use YOU to share that good news with others!

Love you!

Mrs. Bess

Happy, Sad, & Everything in Between

Let’s get back to our study of Genesis.  We’ve gotten to Joseph, son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac, great-grandson of Abraham.  Joseph was born to Jacob’s wife, Rachel and he was a favorite son of his father.  He had 11 brothers (and at least 1 half-sister) but that didn’t matter to his dad.  He often played favorites.

Joseph was given a beautiful coat. That made him 

His brothers didn’t like that.  They beat him up and threw him in a pit. That made him

After he was thrown in the pit he was sold as a slave to some men headed to Egypt.  I imagine he was

He eventually was sold to a man named Potiphar who made Joseph his head servant.  That was good!

But then he ended up in prison after being falsely accused of a crime. Oh no!

While in prison he helped a man get freed.

But another man was put to death.

Joseph stays in prison several more years.

After years in prison he ends up being called to talk to Pharaoh, king of Egypt!

He helps the Pharaoh understand a confusing dream.  Pharaoh is so impressed that he puts him in charge of helping the land of Egypt survive a famine that is predicted to come.  And he does!

We’ll pick up with Joseph’s saga on Sunday.  Hope you will be there as we continue to see how God uses the ups and downs of Joseph’s life to save his family (remember those mean brothers!?!) and the people of Egypt and the surrounding nations.

Can’t wait to see you then!

Mrs Bess

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus

We’ve been working through the book of Genesis this school year.  We learned about Creation, Adam and his family, Noah and the flood, and the story of God choosing a family that would be a special family to Him.  God called a man named Abraham to follow Him.  Abraham’s son, Isaac, also followed God and Isaac’s son Jacob followed in the same way.

If you read through the rest of Genesis and the Old Testament it brings you to a special event that happened over 2000 years ago.  That special event is connected to the story of Abraham and his family.  You see, many hundreds of years after Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived and died there was a child born who was also part of this chosen family.  His name was Jesus.

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Jesus was born in a place called Bethlehem.  Bethlehem was a town near where Abraham and Isaac and Jacob lived in the land of Canaan.  It was the town where a man named Joseph and his young wife Mary went to be counted in the Roman census.

Here’s more of that story…

What a great story it is that God sent a Rescuer!  God sent us HIMSELF! I’m so glad he did! And that’s what we celebrate at Christmas!

Matthew 1:21-23

“‘She [Mary] is going to have a son. You must give him the name Jesus. That’s because he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to bring about what the Lord had said would happen. He had said through the prophet, The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel.’ The name Immanuel means ‘God with us.'”

When you come back in January, we will pick up with our story of Jacob’s family (remember he is the one with 12 sons!)  Here’s a puzzle for you to solve.  See if you can make your way through this maze!  Click here to see if you made it the right way!

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Much love to you this Christmas!

Mrs. Bess