Jethro Tells Moses to Get Help Serving the Children of Israel


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Jethro comes to Moses and sees how he is answering all of the questions and disputes from the children of Israel all by himself. Jethro tells Moses that he must not do it all alone as he will get worn out.


  • Moses was trying to solve the problems of the children of Israel by himself. How do we know when we should ask for help?
  • Jethro tells Moses that he will not be able to solve all the problems by himself. Is it wrong to tell someone that they can’t do something. Should we let people try and decide by themselves if they need help?
  • Was Jethro being a friend by telling Moses to get help?

Creative Thinking:

  • Think of five constructive ways to tell Moses that he should get help with dealing with the children of Israel.
  • Think of five non-constructive ways to tell Moses that he should get help.

Homeschool Activities (for homeschooling, youth groups, English Language Arts, youth ministries, family discussions, etc.):

  • Make a list of five things that you can easily do on your own, five things that you can do on your own but are difficult, and five things that you cannot do on your own.
    • What is the main difference between the three categories?
  • How do you feel when someone offers you help? Does it depend on any circumstances? If so which?
  • Jethro thought that the children of Israel would get tired and upset waiting to get through to Moses. Why is it not good to have to wait a long time to have someone settle your dispute or answer a matter of law?
  • Jethro thought that Moses was working too hard. Describe what it feels like to be really tired from working hard.
  • Is it easy or hard to ask for help? Explain.
  • Is it easy or hard to offer to help someone? Explain
  • Is it easier to ask for help or to offer help? Why?
  • Do you think that Moses was offended by Jethro telling him that he should get help dealing with the children of Israel? Why or why not?

Helping Others


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Moses raised his hands to motivate the children of Israel who were fighting Amalek. His hands grew tired and Hur and Aaron helped him.

Discussion Questions Related to Needing Help:

  • Have you ever needed physical help?
    • How did it make you feel?
  • Have you ever needed help with something that was not physical?
    • How was this different than needing help with something physical?

Creative Thinking:

  • Is it harder to help someone with something physical or mental? Why?
  • Moses needed support for his arms. This is physical support. People also need mental support. List ways that you can support your friends.

Homeschool Activities (for Language Arts, ministries, youth groups, discussions around the table, and thinking):

  • Moses raised his hand to motivate the children of Israel. What are ways that you can help motivate someone?
  • Create a campaign for your neighborhood to encourage neighbors to help other neighbors. Use at least two of the following media:
    • local newspaper advertisement
    • flyer
    • twitter
    • billboard
    • door-to-door campaign
    • Facebook
    • school paper
  • Write a journal entry for Moses about how he felt to be helped by Hur and Aaron.
  • How did the stone feel to be used as a chair to help Moses motivate the children of Israel?
  • It is hard to stand for a long time with your hand in the air. Develop exercises to strengthen the arm. Create a memo which you can circulate to people explaining what to do and why.
  •  Moses was obviously exhausted. Write about exhaustion.
  • We are not told that Hur and Aaron were asked for help by Moses. What are signs that someone needs help?



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Joshua led the children of Israel to war against Amalek. When Moses raised his hand, Israel was strong. When Moses lowered his hand the children of Israel were overpowered.

Discuss Motivation:

  • What is motivation?
  • What motivates you?
  • Is inspiration the same as motivation?

Creative Thinking About Motivation:

  • Make a step-by-step plan to motivate yourself or someone else to do something.
  • Write a speech to motivate people fighting for a cause that you believe in.

Homeshcool Activities:

  • Give a motivational speech to your family to get them to do something that you want to do together.
  • Do you think that fighting in a war is more of a group of individuals fighting or is it more of a group effort?
  • Find out why the children of Israel fought against Amalek.
  • Create a TV commercial of no more than one minute to motivate students to do their best.
  • What types of things discourage you from doing something.
  • Joshua led the children of Israel to fight against the Amalek. Who were the Amaleks?
  • Joshua led the children of Israel to fight. What does it take to be a good military leader?
  • How could seeing Moses‘ hand in the air motivate the children of Israel that were fighting against the Amalek with Joshua?

Check Out These Great Reviews


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Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme has just become available on Amazon as both an ebook and a paperback

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme

Here are the two latest reviews that I received for Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme:

What Marcia has achieved in putting the Book of Ruth in verse form may be summed up in two keenly felt points. The first point is that in putting this sacred text in verse form, she has breathed new life in the reading of it for anyone who has ever read it before. I cannot overstate how much this literary treatment by Marcia impacted my reading of the story of Ruth.

It is the mental adjustment one must make to reading the text in rhyming verse form that also induces the reader to pay more attention to every line in the unfolding story. Often, when reading the bible, there are those bits of factual background material that one soon learns to block out. They are often tedious and they do not move the story along. Yet, even those lines come alive when reading the book in verse form. As do the rest of the lines in this marvelous story. I highly recommend to any one who sees value in reading the Book of Ruth to get this version.

The second point is that having a long and meaningful story in this form renders it both highly performable and wonderfully easy to follow for the audience of those who would read aloud this book. The possibilities for sharing the performance of this story of Ruth are exciting to ponder. One could share the public reading of this book with a group of adults who wish to experience and later discuss this story with each other. A class of Children could read sections of it aloud.

I am deeply grateful for the enormous amount of work Marcia Goldlist has put into this work of pure genius. I have done a little bit of transcribing of single passages of the Bible in modern verse myself and can testify to the effort this requires. And Marcia has rendered the entire book in verse form. I read the sacred texts of many religions, and have a library full of works by authors who explain or interpret such texts. This book, and all of Marica’s Bible-in-verse Books, belongs in the company of those works.

The reader should not miss the value of what Marcia has accomplished here. The original writers of most sacred texts around the world composed most of those works in verse form. This means the readers of Marcia’s work are for the first time getting to experience those texts in a form they were created in and meant to be experienced in. I think this will make a significant difference to anyone who reads; Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme.

And here’s the second review:

For anyone who wishes to read the various books of the Bible, but is too intimidated to do so, I recommend this fun, novel way to get to know the most published book in History and be wowed by Marcia Goldlist’s brilliant poetical rendering of ‘The Book of Ruth’—a work of genius. If this interpretation had been available to me at school, my appreciation and knowledge of the Holy Book would have been nourished, and I would have been encouraged to gain a deeper understanding.

Check out Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme for yourself.

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Why do People Protest?


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The children of Israel protest to  Moses that they are thirsty. Moses asks the children of Israel why they protest against him and why they test God.

Discussion Questions About Quarreling and Protesting:

  • What is a quarrel?
  • When do people quarrel?
  • What does it mean to protest?
  • When do people protest?

Creative Thinking About Protesting:

  • What do you think makes some protests peaceful and some protests violent?
  • Make a list of ten things that you think are worth protesting about.
  • Make a list of ten things that people complain about that are not worth protesting about.

Homeschooling Activities which can be used for discussion around the family table, youth groups, English Language Arts, or just to think about:

  • In the Bible it is very clear that the water came from God. Why do you think that the children of Israel protested to Moses?
  • Write about three recent protests in your country.
  • Write about three recent protests in another country.
  • Write about a quarrel that you or someone else has with God.
  • Create a flyer to give out to the children of Israel before their protest to make sure that it stays peaceful.
  • Write out ten rules to give to the police before they go to guard at a protest.
  • Create a live broadcast from the scene where the children of Israel were protesting against Moses because they were thirsty.
  • Explain in  detail to someone what it is to be thirsty.
  • Write a diary entry that God or Moses might write about the children of Israel protesting because they are thirsty.

JUST RELEASED: Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme


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Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme has just become available on Amazon as both an ebook and a paperback

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme

Enjoying the Book of Ruth: The Bible in Rhyme is the biblical book of Ruth written in rhyming couplets.

This is a story of loyalty, kindness, but above all: choices. Elimelech chooses to take his family away from his homeland, where there is a famine. Ruth chooses to leave her origins and become part of her mother-in-law’s people. Boaz chooses to marry a relative and redeem her late husband’s name. The choices and their consequences intertwine, and, in the end, we witness a marriage which results in the birth of King David.

The book is available in both ebook and paperback formats. 

Here is a peek at chapter one.


 In the days when the judges’ were in command,

There was a famine in the land.

From Bethlehem in Judah, a man, his wife, and his two sons went away.

To the fields of Moab they went to stay.

His name was Elimelech, and Naomi was his wife;

Mahlon and Kilion were their sons whom they brought to life.

They were Ephratites from Bethlehem in Judah, and they came

To the fields of Moab with an aim.

Once they got there, they did not stray.

There they did stay.

Elimelech, the husband of Naomi died.

She was left with her two sons by her side.

After he was buried,

Moabite women the sons both married.

Orpah, was the name of one,

And Ruth was married to the other son.

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Moving Location



The children of Israel only moved when God “told” them to and they did not move when God did not “tell” them to.


  • What do you think it was like for the children of Israel to know that they would have to move location, but not know when?
  • What is it like to only be able to go places that your parents approve of and not be able to go without their permission?
    • How is this the same and how is it different than only moving when God “told” the children of Israel to?

Creative Thinking:

  • Most people live in a spot for a long time. What are the benefits of staying somewhere a long time?
  • What are the benefits of moving where you live?

Homeschooling Activities (also appropriate for Family discussions, youth groups,  and language arts programs):

  • The children of Israel lived in the desert. Are all deserts the same? If they are different how are they different one from another?
  • What do you think it would be like not knowing from one day to the next if you had to pack up and leave?
  • Make a sign to tell the children of Israel what they are to do when the command comes from God to move location.
  • Write in your journal an entry when you are told to move location.
  • Write in your journal about how you feel not knowing when you are to move again, after you have been in a location for a long time.
  • Write a conversation between two children of Israel about what they worry about when they are told that they are going to move on.
  • What kinds of things do you think God took into account in deciding if the children of Israel were to move on or stay where they were?

For the Future!


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God tells the children of Israel to put away an omer of manna to guard for the future generations to see. 


  • Do you have anything in your house that was handed down from a grandparent? Why is it special?
  • Why would God want some of the manna (the special food that He created for the children of Israel in the wilderness) to be saved?

Creative Thinking:

  • What do you have that you would like to put away for your grandchildren and their grandchildren to see?
    • Why do you think it is good for them to see this item?
  • Make a list of things in history that should have been put away for us to see today.
  • Make a list of things that we should consider putting away for future generations to see.

Homeschooling Activities for Everyone (Youth Groups, English Language Programs, Around the Family Table, or Just for Fun Because You Like to Think):

  • Research how food has changed over time.
  • What are the new trends in food?
    • Why are these foods becoming popular?
    • Try a new food and write about it.
  • Research what happened to the omer of manna that was put away by the children of Israel.
  • Check out how much food an omer would be?
  • Write about why we should care that the future knows how we live today.
  • Write a journal entry for some manna that was not put away. Was it happy or disappointed not to be picked.
  • Write a journal entry for the manna that the children of Israel put away.

Moses Warned the Children of Israel


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Moses told the children of Israel not to leave any of the manna over until morning. Not everyone obeyed. Those who left the manna until morning found that the manna had worms and smelled.

Discuss Leaving the Manna Over Until Morning:

  • Why would some of the children of Israel leave over food for the next day?
  • The manna that was left over got worms and smelled. Was that a just punishment?

Creative Thinking About Obeying Instructions:

  • List as many reasons as you can for not obeying Moses’ warning to not leave over any food until the morning.
  • Do you think that it is easier to obey instructions or to go against them? Explain.

Homeschool Activities for Homeschooling Bible, Homeschooling without Bible, and Non- Homeschoolers – In Other Words For Everyone:

  • Moses got angry at the people who left food until the next day. What is anger?
  • What types of things get you angry?
    • Why do these things get you angry?
  • Why does food that goes bad smell?
  • The manna that was left over until the next day got worms. Research worms.
  • The manna that was left over smelled bad. Research how we smell.
  • Some things smell good and others smell bad. Describe a good smell and a bad one.
  • What would you say to someone who left some of their manna over until the next morning after Moses had told all of the children of Israel not to leave any manna overnight.

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