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?

Moses Claims the Children of Israel Will Not Believe Him

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Moses tells God that the children of Israel will not believe him. Discuss believing what people say.:

  • Have you ever had someone not believe you?
      • How did it feel?
  • Did you ever not believe someone?
      • Why did you not believe them?
  • What is confidence?

Creative thinking about believing in people:

  • What are things that Moses could say or do to help the people believe that God did talk to him?
  • What can God say to Moses that will give him confidence?
  • What kinds of things give us confidence?
  • Is it more important to believe in yourself or in someone else? Explain.

Homeschool Activities related to the children of Israel not believing Moses:

  • Write a story about someone who does not have confidence in themselves.
  • Do you think that someone’s confidence affects how they are as a leader? Why or why not?
  • Why would people not believe Moses that God spoke to him and told him to take the children of Israel out of Egypt?
  • Would you believe someone who told you that God spoke to them? Why or why not?
  • Moses did not believe that the children of Israel would believe him. Do you think that the people would believe Moses more if he did not have a negative attitude?
  • Have you ever known that someone would not believe you even though you were going to tell the truth. Tell about it. (You can also make up a situation.)
  • Do you believe that Moses would have decided to help the children of Israel if God did not talk to him? Why or why not?
  • Do you know someone, alive or dead, that you would believe and follow no matter what? Tell about that person. If you cannot think of someone like that tell why.
  • The children of Israel were not happy in Egypt. Why would they not just follow Moses even if they did not believe that God spoke to him?

In Memory of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

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Let's honor the memories of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.

Let’s all do a little good to combat the bad in this world.

Yesterday, three kidnapped teenage boys, Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were found dead in a field after being murdered in Israel – just because they were Jewish.

The only thing we, as individuals, can do is try and make this world a slightly better place, in memory of the boys who won’t come home and in honor of their families who will live with this scar for the rest of their lives.

Please join this group and pledge that for the duration of the boys’ shiva (the seven days of mourning, starting from the day of their funerals), every time you go to the supermarket donate three food items to the needy – one for each boy. Many supermarkets have donation bins at the exits. Many other non-profit organizations exist that will distribute the food as well.

If you enjoy a meal out, consider buying an extra meal to give to someone outside who looks hungry.

Hopefully donation bins around the world will be flowing with food this week, as a testament to our ability as human beings to channel our fear, anger, and hurt into good deeds that can better people’s lives.

Feel free to leave a note on the Facebook page throughout the week to let us all know that you have been shopping and have donated three (or more, of course) items. Hopefully the families will find some small comfort in knowing that the memory of their sons is being honoured by kind deeds.

Please join the Facebook event and buy three extra food items each time you shop for the period of the week that the boys family sit and mourn their loss.

Feel free to pass on the Facebook link to everyone that you know: https://www.facebook.com/events/738634189512659/

The Children of Israel Will Follow Moses

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Discuss with your children what it would mean that the Children of Israel listen by choice?:

  • What does it mean to do something by choice?
  • Have you ever done something not by choice?
      • How did it feel?
  • What does it mean to listen to someone?

Creative Thinking about listening:

  • How do we know if we should listen to someone or not?
  • When is listening not enough?

Homeschool Activities about the Children of Israel following Moses by choice:

  • Write a story about someone doing something because they wanted to.
      • Now write the story but about someone who didn’t want to do the same thing.
  • Write about the difference between hearing and listening.
  • Do we always have a choice in what we do? Explain.
  • Did you ever make a bad choice in your life? Why was it bad?
  • Did you ever make a good choice in your life? Why was it good?
  • If you made a good choice in your life, would it necessarily be a good choice for someone else? Explain.
  • Write about another leader that people have followed by choice.
  • Make a list of other leaders that people have followed by choice.
  • Moses was told that the children of Israel would follow him. Do you think that it would have made a difference to Moses if the children of Israel followed him but not by their choice? Explain.

Moses Questions His Ability to Take the Children of Israel Out of Egypt.

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Discuss Ability:

  • How do we know if we can do something?
  • What does it mean to believe in someone?
  • Is is it okay to question God?

Creative Thinking About Believing in Yourself:

  • Is it harder to believe in yourself or someone else? Why?

Homeschool Activities Related to Moses Questioning His Ability to Take the Children of Israel Out of Egypt:

  • Make a list of qualities that a leader needs.
      • Put a check mark beside any of these qualities that you posses.
  • Do you think that Moses needed different skills to stand before Pharaoh and convince him to let the children of Israel go than he did to lead them out of Egypt?
          • Why are these the same or different?
  • If you were Moses would you have questioned God’s request of you? Why or why not?
      • If so, what would you have said to God?
  • What is it that makes us afraid to try and do something that we are asked to do?
  • Do you have to be someone important to accomplish great things? Why or why not?
  • Write a diary entry for Moses describing what he felt when God asked him to go to Pharaoh and to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.
  • Try to convince someone to give you something that they don’t want to give you.
      • Did you convince them?
      • Was it easy or hard?
      • If they gave in why do you think they gave it to you and if they didn’t why not?

God Announces That He Will Rescue the Children of Israel

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Discuss suffering and being rescued:

  • What is suffering?
  • What does it mean to be a people?
  • What does it mean to need to be rescued?

Creative Thinking About Saving the Children of Israel:

  • At what point do people “need” saving?
  • Explain why you think that God would pick this point to talk about saving His people.:

Homeschool Activities related to God Rescuing the Children of Israel:

  • There is much suffering in the world today. Name as many peoples as you can that would like to be heard by God and taken to another land.
  • Why would it say, “And bring them up…”?
  • Research and write about a people today that would like to be taken away from their situation.
  • Describe what you think would make a land “good”.
  • Do you belong to a people?
      • Tell about your people.
      • How does it feels to belong to them?
  • Write a story about suffering.
  • Describe how you feel when you hear about people suffering.
  • Can someone really feel suffering through knowing about it? Explain.
  • Are the children of Israel still around today? How are they known today? Where do they live? Do they live in a “good and spacious” land?

The Miracle of the Burning Bush

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Discuss the miracle of the burning bush:

  • What normally happens when a bush catches fire?
  • How could a bush burn but not be consumed?
  • What is a miracle?

Creative Thinking About Miracles:

  • What things in life do we take for granted that could be called miracles?

Homeschooling Activities concerning miracles and the burning bush:

  • Write a poem or a song about miracles.
  • Research how fire consumes things. Describe or draw pictures to explain how it works.
  • Explain your understanding of miracles.
  • List as many miracles as you can that happen in the Bible.
  • Write a journal entry from the burning bush’s point of view.
  • Describe in detail a scene with a bush burning. Use all of your senses to describe the fire.
  • Tell about something that happened to you, or someone you know, or make up a story about something extraordinary happening.
  • Write a newspaper article about the burning bush that was not consumed. Make sure that your title makes people want to read the article.
  • What would you tweet if you saw the burning bush?

 

 

Moses Receives His Name

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Discuss Moses’ name:

  • Pharaoh’s daughter gave the baby boy the name Moses because for her he came from the water. Do you think that people are influenced from where they came from?

Creative Thinking about Moses:

  • Moses was basically adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter. Write a list of advantages and disadvantages of being adopted.

Homeschooling Activities about Moses:

  • Find out if your name has a meaning.
      • Express the meaning of your name in some art form.
  • Do you think that the meaning of a name affects a person? Explain why or why not.
  • Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
      • What does this mean?
      • Do you agree?
  • If you could name yourself now with a meaningful name that tells something about yourself what would it be and why?
  • Find out the meaning of your last name.
  • Where does your family originate from? Write about the country that your family came from.
  • From his name Moses would know that Pharaoh’s daughter was not his mother. How do you think this would affect him?
  • Moses was basically adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter. Write about the adoption process today.

 

Miriam Offers Help

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Moses sister offers to find help for the baby found by Pharaoh's daughter

If you like these verses check out the book Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

Pharaoh’s daughter takes a baby boy out of the water. She realizes that it is a baby boy from the children of Israel (Hebrews), but she wants to keep the baby anyway. Miriam, Moses’ (the baby boy’s) sister was hiding near the river checking what would happen to Moses. When the daughter of Pharaoh took the baby she came out of hiding and offered to find her a Hebrew woman (one of the women from the children of Israel) to breastfeed the baby.

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Discuss with your children:

  • How is a baby fed?
  • What options would Pharaoh’s daughter have to feed the baby if Miriam didn’t offer to find a Hebrew woman to do it?
  • Why do you think that they use the term Hebrew for children of Israel?

Creative Thinking related to Miriam Offers Help

  • I’m sure that the mother of the baby Moses was very happy with what her daughter, Miriam, did. Often we don’t express our thanks for things that we are happy about. Why do you think that this is so?

Homeschool Activities related to Miriam Offers Help

  • Research the origin of baby formula.
  • Pharaoh’s daughter saved a Hebrew baby boy. What do you think her father said to her when he found out?
  • Write a tweet from the baby’s sister (Miriam):
      • while she was watching the basket in the river.
      • when she saw Pharaoh’s daughter tell her servant to take the basket out of the water.
      • when Pharaoh’s daughter said she could get a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby.
  • Research how a mother’s body makes milk.
  • Write a song or poem from the mother’s point of view when Miriam comes home with her baby son.
  • Find a way for the mother to express her thanks to her daughter Miriam.
  • Express your thanks to someone for something that they did for you.
  • Create a campaign to encourage people to thank others when warranted. Use at least two of the following medium:
      • twitter
      • blog post
      • flyer
      • poster
      • billboard
      • email
      • lecture
      • cartoon

 

 

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