The Children of Israel Complain to Moses

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The children of Israel now complain to Moses because they are hungry.

Discuss Complaining About Being Hungry:

  • What is the difference between being hungry and starving?
  • The children of Israel were taken out of slavery, saved from the Egyptians, given water to drink, and yet they still complain. Did they have a right to complain?

Creative Thinking About Complaining:

  • Make a list of things that it is okay to complain about and a list of things it is not okay to complain about.

Bible Homeschoool Activities that Anyone Could Do:

  • It is possible that the children of Israel ate until they were full when they were slaves, but it is also possible that they remembered things as being better than they were. We all do this at times. Why do you think that we sometimes remember things in the past as being better than they really were?
  • Do you think that it was fair of the children of Israel to say to Moses that he led them into the wilderness to be killed? Explain.
  • How much food do people need to eat to stay alive?
  • Most people in North America today eat much more than they need to. Why do you think that this occurred?
  • Interview one of the children of Israel about why s/he is complaining.
  • Why is bread the symbol of all food?
  • Follow a recipe and make a loaf of bread. Write a description of how the bread tastes to you.
  • Explain why you think the children of Israel complained to Moses and not to God.

A Water Solution

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After the children of Israel crossed the Sea of Reeds safely they went for three days without finding any water. The children of Israel complained to Moses and Moses asked God what to do. God gave a solution to Moses.

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Discuss:

  • What happens today when people feel they need something that doesn’t exist?
  • We all need water to survive. If you complain because you don’t have something that you really need is it different than complaining that you don’t have something that you just want?

Creative Thinking:

  • Many people in the world live without clean water. Do you have a responsibility to help them get clean water? Why or why  not?
  • What options did the children of Israel have besides asking God for water to drink?

Homeschool Activities That Everyone Can Use:

  • Why do people complain?
  • Find out where in the world today people do not have clean drinking water.
  • God told Moses to put wood into water to make it taste sweet and good. That is an invention. Research some new inventions that turn unsuitable water into drinking water.
  • If the water tasted bitter, but had nothing wrong with it, should the children of Israel have drunk it without rejecting it?
  • How much water are people supposed to drink in a day? Why do we need to drink water?
  • Think of something that does not exist where you live that you think people would use. Make a plan of how you could create this thing.
  • The water that the children of Israel found tasted bitter. After Moses put the wood into the water it tasted sweet and good. Find out how we taste different flavors.

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The Children of Israel Have Faith in God and Moses

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Discussion Questions:

  • The children of Israel had seen the “hand of God” before, during the plagues in Egypt, so why does it only say now that they had faith in God and in Moses?
  • What does it mean to revere someone?
  • What does it mean to be sincere?

Creative Thinking:

  • Why would the splitting of the Sea of Reeds be a bigger miracle than the ten plagues?

Homeschool Activities:

  • Do you revere anyone? Who is it and why do you revere him or her?
  • Are you sincere about anything? What is it and why are you sincere about it?
  • Do you have faith in anyone? Who is it and why do you have faith in him or her?
  • Write what you think it would have been like to see the sea coming over the Egyptians at the Sea of Reeds.
  • Explain the emotions that you think God felt when He drowned the Egyptians.
  • Have you ever seen anything that could be considered the “hand of God”? What happened? Explain why you could describe it as the “hand of God”.
  • Do you think that the Egyptians recognized that it was the “hand of God” which inflicted their death? Explain why or why not.

Thinking Versus Complaining

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The children of Israel left Egypt. They are in the wilderness and see the Egyptians coming. They complain that they would rather have been slaves in Egypt. God tells Moses to tell the children of Israel to move forward. This means that they are to go into the Sea of Reeds.

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Discussion Questions About Asking for Help:

  • Why do people often cry out for help before figuring out their options?
  • Do you think that you get more help from someone if you say, “What should I do?” or do you get more help when you ask advice between various options that you lay out?

Creative Thinking:

  • Moses and the children of Israel had left Egypt. They now stood in front of the Sea of Reeds and were being pursued by the Egyptians. Think of as many options as possible of things that they could have done.
    • Divide the options into three categories: really bad options, best options under the circumstances, and possibilities (i.e. not the worst, but not the best).
  • Think of all the reasons that the children of Israel could come up with not to go into the Sea of Reeds.

Homeschooling Activities for Homeschoolers, Youth Groups, and Much More:

  • The children of Israel were told to move forward. This meant that they were to travel into the Sea of Reeds. Write a list of safety rules for them.
  • Research the Sea of Reeds.
  • Write a pep talk to give to the children of Israel explaining to them that they are all to walk into the Sea of Reeds.
  • Why do you think Moses cried out to God? Why did Moses not just make a decision by himself?
  • Have you ever been faced with something that you considered too hard to do? Did you not want to go forward? Tell about it.
  • What would be the characteristics of the first few people who willingly walked into the Sea of Reeds?
  • Describe to someone what it felt like and all of your emotions taking the first few steps into the Sea of Reeds.
  • Describe the thoughts of one of the children of Israel far back from the Sea of Reeds waiting for his/her turn to walk into the water.
  • Write what the Sea of Reeds was thinking when it heard Moses tell the children of Israel that they were to go forward into the Sea of Reeds.

 

The Big Book of Cards & Toasts for Almost All Occasions: Express Yourself in Rhyme Just Got a Great Review!

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Sometimes We Have to Remain Silent!

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Moses tells the children of Israel that the Egyptians which they will see will not be seen anymore. God is going to make a war for them, but they have to keep quiet while He does this.

Discussion:

  • Why is it so hard not to talk?
  • Why would God be willing to wage war for the children of Israel?

Creative Thinking:

  • God would not take the children of Israel the short way to Canaan (Israel) because He was afraid that they would want to turn back if they saw war. Now God is saying that He will wage war for them. What are the differences between the two situations?

Homeschool Activities for Everyone:

  • Dumb means not to be able to talk. Research dumbness.
  • Write a story about someone who always feels that they have to say something.
  • Try not to talk for a whole day (or at least a few hours). Write about your experience.
  • Explain a situation where it is better to keep quiet.
  • Explain a situation where it is very important to speak up.
  • Describe what silence sounds like.
  • Why do you think that God would make a requirement that the children of Israel had to remain silent.

Which is Better: Something Uncertain or Something Bad But Known? The Children of Israel Must Decide.

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The children of Israel escaped into the desert. When they thought that they were free they saw the Egyptians coming after them. At this point they ask Moses if it would not have been better to serve as slaves in Egypt then be free in the wilderness where they believe that they will die.

Discuss:

  • When is it better to struggle and when is it better to give up”?
  • After the children of Israel saw all of the plagues in Egypt should they not have had faith that they could survive? Explain.

Creative Thinking:

  • Explain to someone why you would rather stay a slave or take your chances in the wilderness as a free person.
  • The children of Israel had left slavery in Egypt. Does this mean that they were free of all obligations? Describe what it means to be free.

Activities for Homeschoolers and Everyone Else:

  • Describe how you decide if one thing is better for you than something else.
  • Explain why the children of Israel would have been afraid that they were going to die in the wilderness.
  • Do you think that the children of Israel should have had more faith that they could have survived? That Moses would help them? That God would help them?
  • Research survival techniques that you would need to stay alive in the wilderness by yourself.
  • Write a journal entry for Moses explaining how he feels when the children of Israel complain to him that they would have preferred to stay in Egypt.
  • Write a speech that Pharaoh would broadcast on the radio to the children of Israel in the wilderness after finding out that they were complaining about leaving Egypt.
  • Write a prayer from the children of Israel to God asking for help in the wilderness when they see the Egyptians coming after them.

Pharaoh Changes His Mind

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Pharaoh and his servants changed their mind. They let the children of Israel leave Egypt and then wonder about what they have done.

Discuss:

  • Do we sometimes not realize how good something is for us until it is gone?
  • Pharaoh seems to have forgotten that he let the children of Israel go because that was the only way to stop the plagues. Do you think that he really forgot this so quickly?

Creative Thinking:

  • What are the differences and similarities between workers and slaves?

Homeschooling Activities for absolutely everyone:

  • Have you ever regretted a decision? Write about it.
  • Pharaoh says that since they sent away the children of Israel they have no one.
    • Is this true?
    • Did he really need slaves to build his cities? Explain.
  • Pharaoh seems to have forgotten about the ten plagues. Write Pharaoh a letter reminding him why he let the children of Israel go.
  • Some people who forget have a disease called Alzheimer’s disease. Research Alzheimer’s.
  • Research how the slaves in the United States were freed.
  • Write a poem about being a slave.
  • Pharaoh seems to feel hopeless. Write a song, poem, or essay about hopelessness.
  • Pharaoh let the children of Israel who were their slaves go free. Is it okay to change your mind and reverse your decision when it involves other people. Explain.

Can the Children of Israel Handle Seeing War?

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God is worried that seeing war would be too much for the children of Israel right after being released from slavery. For this reason He takes the children of Israel the long way to the land of Canaan, which is today known as Israel. 

Discussion Questions Regarding War:

  • What do you think it would look like to see war?
  • What would the children of Israel reconsider if they saw war?
  • Why would the children of Israel reconsider if they saw war?

Creative Thinking About Slavery and War:

  • Why would people released from slavery be more concerned about war than other people?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the children of Israel who were slaves and those Jews who went through the Holocaust?
  • War spelled backwards is raw. What connections can you think of between raw and war?

Homeschooling Activities for Everyone:

  • Pick a war and write about it.
  • Write a poem about war.
  • Make a list of wars going on in the world right now and right a few sentences about each one.
  • Write a speech to give to a government official about why your country should, or should not,  take part in a particular war.
  • For what principle would you be willing to go to war? Explain why this principle is so important to you.
  • Write a journal entry for someone who goes off to war for something that they believe in.
  • Write a journal entry for someone who goes off to war for something that they do not believe in.
  • Many Jews, the descendants of the children of Israel, felt that they could not go to, or stay in Israel, after the Holocaust because of the war over the State of Israel.
    • Try to find a Holocaust survivor to talk to or write.
    • Research where survivors of the Holocaust went when it was over.
  • If God was afraid of the reaction of the children of Israel if they saw war on the way to Canaan, which we call Israel today, why would He not just stop the war?

Remembering Specific Days

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Moses admonished the children of Israel not to forget the day that God took them out of Egypt.

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Discussion Regarding Remembering Specific Days:

  • What is a holiday?
  • Why would Moses tell the children of Israel to remember the day that God took them out of Egypt?
  • Name some holidays and their origins.

Creative Thinking About Special Days:

  • Describe what it would be like if there were no special days in the year.
  • If you could create a holiday what would it be called and what would its purpose be?

Homeschooling Activities for Everyone – Homeschooled or Not:

  • If we didn’t have holidays like Passover or Christmas, do you think that people would think about their origins? Defend your answer.
  • Do you think that most people think about the origins of holidays, or just how they are celebrated?
  • Why is it important to remember things that happened in the past?
  • How does our memory work?
  • What are the similarities and differences between our memory and the memory of a computer?
  • Why is it important to mark specific days?
  • What is the origin of the word holiday? Would the original name still be appropriate? Why or why not?
  • Make a chart with two sides and write down points for why the children of Israel would remember leaving Egypt longer because Moses told them to remember the day and a side with reasons why the children of Israel would have remembered the day just the same had Moses not said anything.
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