Magic or Miracle?

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God tells Moses to tell Aaron to throw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and have it become a snake.

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Discussion Questions About Magic and Miracles:

  • What is magic?
  • What is a miracle?
  • Do you think that it is possible that people could do magic, such as turning a staff into a snake, many years ago and that we have lost the ability to do it today?

Creative Thinking About Magic and Miracles:

  • What are the differences and similarities between magic and miracles?
    • Can you think of any similarities between magic and miracles and M&M candies?
  • Why do you think that God chose Aaron’s staff to become a snake?

Homeschool Activities relating Aaron’s staff becoming a snake:

  • There was no talking involved in throwing down the staff and having it become a snake so why do you think that God had Aaron do this and not Moses?
  • Research snakes.
  • Research magic.
  • Learn a magic trick and present it to someone.
    • Was it hard to learn? Did it take you a long time to get it right? Could the person figure out how you did the magic trick or did you keep it a secret?
  • Write a journal entry for the snake that came from Aaron’s staff.
  • Write a journal entry for the staff describing how it felt being thrown down and tuned into a snake.
  • Write a poem from the point of view of the snake.
  • Why do you think that God would tell Moses to tell Aaron to throw his staff down in front of Pharaoh to have it become a snake. Why wouldn’t God just tell Aaron?

 

 

Why Would God Harden Pharaoh’s Heart?

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In order to create His signs and wonders, God harden Pharaoh’s heart. 

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Discussion Questions About Hardening Pharaoh’s Heart:

  • What does it mean to harden someone’s heart?
  • Why would God feel that He would have to harden Pharaoh’s heart in order to show His miracles?
  • What does it mean to manipulate someone? Was God manipulating Pharaoh? What do you think about his?

Creative Thinking About Signs and Wonders:

  • List as many reasons as you can why God would harden Pharaoh’s heart.
  • Give examples of how you could harden someone’s heart.
  • God gave signs and wonders. He created the plagues. What signs and wonders could a leader of a country do today to harden another leader’s heart?

Homeschool Activities:

  • How do you feel when someone does not listen to what you ask them to do?
  • Have you ever not done something you were asked to do just to be stubborn? Why were you stubborn?
  • What do you think it would feel like to have your heart hardened? Explain.
  • Write an entry in Pharaoh’s journal how he felt when he refused to do what Moses asked him to.
  • If your task was to harden someone’s heart what would you whisper in his/her ear? Explain the circumstances of your task, what you would say, and why.
  • If you were Moses how would you feel knowing that you were going to ask Pharaoh to do something that he could not agree to? Would it affect your performance?
  • Have you ever felt God’s hand on something that you did? Tell about it.
  • Have you ever felt that something had taken over your plans? Tell about it.
  • Create a dialogue between God, Pharaoh, and Moses discussing God manipulating Pharaoh.

Moses Gives an Excuse to God

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Moses doesn't want to go before Pharaoh.

Excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

Moses claims that he is not a good speaker and that the children of Israel did not listen to him. Are these excuses? Should he still try to talk to Pharaoh?

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Discuss:

  • What is an excuse?
  • Do you think that Moses is giving an excuse?

Creative Thinking:

  • Make a list of excuses for not doing something that you are asked to do.
  • Make a list of reasons why the children of Israel would  not listen to Moses.
  • Make a list of reasons why Pharaoh would  not listen to Moses.
  • Make a list of reasons why the children of Israel should listen to Moses.

Homeschool Activities:

  • Do you think that Moses feels inept? Explain why or why not.
  • Does it stand to reason that because the children of Israel didn’t listen to Moses that Pharaoh wouldn’t? Explain.
  • Before we were told that the children of Israel didn’t listen to Moses because their spirit was broken. Now Moses is saying that they didn’t listen because he is a poor speaker. Do you think that Moses is making excuses or that there is more than one reason that they don’t listen to him?
  • Moses says that Pharaoh will not listen to his plea. How do you know something will not work if you don’t try?
  • Write a speech to convince Moses to go and speak to Pharaoh.
  • Write a letter to Moses telling him to try and speak to the children of Israel again.
  • Write a letter from Moses to Pharaoh asking for a meeting.
  • Write a flyer that Moses could give to the children of Israel explaining why they should listen to him.

 

A Broken Spirit

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The children of Israel are at a low point.

An excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

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Discuss:

  • What do you think it is like to be a slave?
  • What does it mean to have a broken spirit?
  • What does it mean to be free?

Creative Thinking Questions:

  • Are there different kinds of slavery? Explain.
  • Is anyone really free? Explain.

Homeschool Activities:

  • Why is it harder to listen to someone when you feel down?
  • Give a presentation on slavery.
  • What characteristics make you listen to someone and want to follow him/her?
  • Had the slavery been easier on the children of Israel do you think that they would have been more likely to listen to Moses? Why?
  • Explain how you think the spirit of the children of Israel got broken.
  • Do you think having a broken spirit is the same as being depressed? What are the similarities and differences.
  • If the children of Israel did not like being slaves and Moses said that God would take them out of slavery why would they not listen to him?

Trying to Help

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Moses and Aaron go to talk to Pharaoh. They want to make things better but end up making things worse.

Discussion Questions:

  • When you try to help someone does it always work out for the good?
  • Moses and Aaron tried to help the Israelite people by talking to Pharaoh. How do you think they felt when things got worse because of their effort?
  • Has anyone had a bad opinion of you for something not justified? What did it feel like?

Creative Thinking:

  • Who do you think felt worse after the punishment for the Israelite people; Moses, Aaron, the foremen, or the Israelite people? Why?
  • The foremen were upset at Moses and Aaron. What can you do if you are upset with someone to calm down?

Homeschool Activities:

  • How do we form an opinion about someone?
  • The foremen were upset with Moses and Aaron. What could they have said to them rather than shouting?
  • Write a response from Moses or Aaron explaining to the foremen how they were just trying to help.
  • Body language can tell a lot about a person. Explain what body language is.
  • Describe the body language of the foremen as they came out from being with Pharaoh.
  • Describe a time that you tried to help someone or someone tried to help you and it didn’t work out.
  • Can you help everyone in the same way? Why or why not?
  • Create a pamphlet giving reasons why people should stay calm when they are upset.
  • Create a flyer with suggestions on how to stay calm.
  • The foremen told Moses and Aaron that they gave a bad opinion of the people to Pharaoh. What gives you a bad opinion about someone?

Go to Work

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Discuss:

  • Why do adults go to work?
  • Does anyone really like work?
  • What do you think most people would do if they didn’t have to go to work?

Creative Thinking:

  • What are different things people do to get out of work?
  • What are the various ways that the children of Israel could keep up their production of bricks and collect the straw needed?
  • Write a list of pros and cons for the new edict from the point of view of Pharaoh’s advisers.

Homeschool Activities:

  • Research different ways of making bricks.
  • Write a flyer to be given out to the children of Israel explaining that they must now find their own straw and keep up their production of bricks.
  • Write a dialogue among some of the children of Israel discussing their new situation.
  • Write a dialogue among some of the Egyptians discussing the new situation for the children of Israel.
  • Explain the benefit of loving your job.
  • Name a job that you would really like and explain why you would like it.
  • Name a job that you would really hate and explain why you would hate it.
  • Why do you think that some people prefer manual labor and others prefer desk jobs?

Check out lots of discussion and creative thinking questions, as well as lots of activities for the book of Genesis with Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook!

Sorry for the inactivity of this site recently

Sorry that I haven’t been more active lately but I was getting out a great tool to help you use Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme to its greatest potential! This workbook offers lots of discussion questions, thinking challenges, creative writing ideas, projects and other activities!

This book is ideal for schools, home school, youth ministries, youth groups, parents who want a different way to talk about the Bible and kids who like to think creatively!

Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook uses the biblical book of Genesis as a starting point for a wide variety of activities to get the mind thinking in various directions and the student writing. This book is meant for homeschooling, youth ministries, religious schools, and anyone who is open to thinking about the Bible in different ways. The book is ideal for ages 11-15.

Each of the 120 exercise pages contains:

~a verse or two from Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme which is a kid friendly fun way to read the book of Genesis in rhyme

~discussion questions

~creative thinking questions

~ at least 7 activities which vary in length and complexity (Some of the activities are creative writing, opinion questions, projects, and media campaigns.)

There are numerous ways to use these exercises. The workbook contains a detailed introduction complete with many suggestions. For instance creative thinking questions can be used for brainstorming individually, in groups, or with the whole class. They can be used separately or given as part of the activity options.

Please note that I am going on vacation, but when I get back I will enthusiastically bring you more to think about regarding the book of Exodus!

Moses and Aaron Ask Pharaoh to Let the Children of Israel Go

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Discuss:

  • The children of Israel were Pharaoh’s slaves. Why would Moses and Aaron think that Pharaoh would let the children of Israel leave Egypt?
  • If Pharaoh cared about God would he have treated the children of Israel so badly?
  • What did Pharaoh mean when he said that he did not know God?
  • What is slavery?

Creative Thinking:

  • If you were Pharaoh under what conditions would you consider letting the children of Israel leave Egypt?
  • Why would Moses and Aaron ask that the children of Israel be able to go and honor God?

Homeschooling Activities:

  • Write a dialogue between Moses and Aaron deciding what to say to Pharaoh.
  • What other peoples have been enslaved?
  • Write about how another group of people got out of slavery.
  • Write about slavery.
  • Research Egypt.
  • Research the pharaohs.
  • Write about what the children of Israel did under slavery.
  • Do you think that Moses and Aaron asking Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go into the wilderness to honor God was any less extreme than asking that they be let go from slavery?

God Gives Us Our Senses

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Discuss Our Senses:

  • What are the five senses?
  • What does it mean to be dumb?
  • What was God’s point of saying that He gives a mouth and makes people dumb, deaf, sighted, or blind?

Creative Thinking About God Giving Us Senses:

  • Why did God mention giving a mouth and making man dumb, deaf, sighted, or blind and nothing else?
  • God says that He makes people deaf. If a person is born deaf and he later gets a device to help him hear is he going against God’s wishes?
      • Who made him hear: man or God?

Homeschooling Activities Related to Senses:

  • Moses tells God that he is not a good speaker. Are the verses above a good response to Moses? Why or why not?
  • God tells Moses that He will teach him what to say. Why is it important to teach people to do things for themselves?
  • Explain how humans talk.
  • Research deafness.
  • Explain how the eye sees.
  • Research blindness.
  • What makes people dumb?
  • Why would it be important for Moses to speak well?

The Importance of Believing that God Spoke to Moses

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Discuss Belief:

  • What is belief?
  • Why do we sometimes not believe what people tell us?
  • Why does God mention that He is the God of the forefathers of the children of Israel?
  • God says that the children of Israel will believe that He spoke to  Moses after Moses throws down his staff and it becomes a snake. Why does God need to give a sign that He spoke to Moses?

Creative Thinking:

  • Why does God mention that He is the God of the forefathers of the children of Israel?
  • Why do people believe in different things?
  • Why would God pick Moses staff turning into a snake as a sign that He spoke to Moses?

Homeschooling Activities:

  • If you needed a sign today that God talked to you what would it be? Why?
  • Why would God say that He was the God of the children of Israel and also say that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
  • Many times in the Bible it is written, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and God of Jacob”. If this is the same God why list Him separately as the God of each one?
  • God made Moses staff turn into a snake. If you were one of the children of Israel at that time, do you think that the staff turning into a snake would convince you that God spoke to Moses?
  • Why was it important that the children of Israel believed that God spoke to Moses?
  • Do you think that the staff turning into a snake gave Moses more confidence than he had before? Why?
  • Why would God not just make the children of Israel believe Moses?
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