PSS Review {God rescues Israel by parting the Red Sea}

God Rescues Israel by Parting the Rea Sea

Scripture:

Focus: Man is sinful and cannot save himself. Man needs God to save him.

Lesson:

Open your Bible to Exodus and summarize the story. Here are my key points, fill in with details so the story flows like a narrative

  • After the Passover, Pharaoh let God’s people leave Egypt
  • Over 1 million Israelites and all of their livestock and possessions left Egypt all at once
  • God hardened Pharaoh’s heart again
  • Pharaoh and his army chased after the Israelites
  • Meanwhile, the Israelites were traveling through the wilderness
  • God was with them and led them where he wanted them to go
  • God led them to the edge of the Red Sea, a body of water that was too large for them to cross
  • God told the Israelites to make a camp and stay there
  • Pharaoh’s army started to get close and the Israelites were afraid
  • God told Moses to stretch his hand over the water of the Red Sea
  • A strong east wind blew the water until it stood up like a wall and the Israelites crossed on dry ground
  • Pharaoh and his army chased after them on the dry sea bed
  • God told Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea again
  • The sea came crashing down on the Egyptians and they drown

Where is Jesus in this story?

The Israelites were stuck. They had the Egyptians on one side and the Red Sea on the other. They could not save themselves. But God made a way for them to be saved. We are stuck too, stuck in our sin. Even though we don’t want to sin, there is no way we can stop and no way for us to save ourselves from the punishment for sin. But God made a way for us to be saved. The bible says “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10

Pray

Praise God that he made a way for us to be saved. Thank him for his mercy to us and to the Israelites.

Activities

Opener: Separating Water Experiment

Supplies – large bucket with enough water to go about 4 inches up the sides, towels, straws, plastic cups

Have the kids try to separate the water {move half of the water to one side of the bucket and half to the other side of the bucket}. Have them try this by {1}pushing the water apart with their hands {2}blowing the water apart with a straw {3}scooping water from the center with a cup and pouring it on the side

Explain that we cannot separate the water, but God can. And he did in the story we will be talking about today!

Craft: Sand art

Supplies – blue craft paper, liquid glue, craft sand, small seashells {these can be purchased at a craft store}

Instructions

  • Spread glue down the center of the craft paper and spread it around with your finger or a paint brush
  • Have the kids pour sand onto the glue. {I would recommend doing this one child at a time so you can contain the sandy mess as much as possible!}
  • Pour off the extra sand into a bowl to save for another project
  • Let the children put on dabs of glue and attach seashells
  • The sandy part is the dry seabed and the blue on the sides is the water

Game: Act it out!

Supplies: two large pieces of blue material {I cut an old sheet in half}, staff, Bible times clothes

Assign the following roles to a child

  • Moses
  • Pharaoh
  • Israelites
  • Pharaoh’s army
  • Wind from God

Act out the key points of the story {see above}. When Moses stretches his arm over the sea, pull the two fabric pieces apart and let the Israelites and Moses walk through. Pharaoh and his army follow, but pause in the middle and the sea covers them up {gently!}