Exodus 14: 1 – 30
In this week’s lesson I have gone over the story of the Israelites living in Egypt.
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “the God of Israel says that you should let His people go.” However, Pharaoh did not believe in God so he would not listen to Aaron and Moses.
When Aaron and Moses told God about Pharaoh’s response, God said that they should tell Pharaoh that He would punish the Egyptians and dreadful things would happen to them.
Pharaoh refused to listen to Moses, so God turned the waters of the river Nile into blood and all the fish died. Next to happen was frogs invading the entire country. This was followed by swarms of flies.
Only Goshen, the area where the Israelites lived remained free from these pests. Still Pharaoh would not let the Israelites free. Next to happen was the Egyptians becoming covered with boils.
Even after hail destroyed all the crops and killed the animals Pharaoh would not let God’s people go. Swarms of locusts followed and then darkness covered the land for three days.
Then a terrible thing happened – In a single night the eldest son of every family in Egypt died. From the King’s son to the lowest slave.
In Goshen, the Israelites were safe because God had told them what to do. Each Israelite family had painted their door post with blood from a lamb and the angel of death had passed over their houses and their sons were safe.
Pharaoh became really afraid, he realised that he could not stand against God anymore. The next day the Pharaoh let the Israelites go.
As the people travelled out of Egypt the Lord went before them a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
When Pharaoh realised that all the Israelites had left Egypt, he changed his mind about letting them go as he realised that he would not have any slave labour to serve him. Pharaoh sent his chariots to recapture the people and bring them back.
The Israelites were camped on the edge of the Red Sea and when they saw the Egyptian army, they were really terrified. They had no way to escape, they had water in front of them and the Egyptian army behind them.
Then Moses stretched out his arms and God sent a very strong wind that blew all night. It blew the water back to form a pathway, so the Israelites were able to cross through the sea on dry land. As the Egyptians began to follow them the water rushed over the Egyptians and Pharaoh’s whole army was drowned. So, God saved His people and led them out of Egypt to freedom.
Next week we are going to find out more about the people of Israel.
From Revd Peta May