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.

The Children of Israel Must Save Themselves

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God promises the children of Israel that if they mark their doorposts He will pass over them and not kill their firstborn on His way to kill the firstborn of the Egyptians.

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Discuss the Children of Israel Marking Their Doorposts:

  • Why would God tell the children of Israel to put blood on their doorposts? Would God not know where they live?

Creative Thinking About the Children of Israel Marking Their Doorposts:

  • Name as many reasons as you can why God would have the children of Israel use blood to mark their doorposts.
  • Name as many reasons as you can why God would have the children of Israel mark the doorpost as opposed to somewhere else.
  • In which circumstances is it okay to leave everything up to God and when do we have to do something to help ourselves?

Homeschool Activities for Everyone:

  • God gave the children of Israel a chance to save their firstborn. Write how God felt if one of the children of Israel did not mark his house with blood.
  • If one of the children of Israel put blood on the lintel but only one door post what do you think happened? Why?
  • God did not give the Egyptians a chance to save their firstborn. Do you think that He liked killing the Egyptians, was ambivalent, or did not like to do it at all? Explain your answer.
  • Blood was used to mark the doorposts of the children of Israel. Research blood.
  • Write a note of thanks to God for having your firstborn saved.
  • Write a dialogue between a firstborn asking his father to put blood on the doorposts and the father refusing.
  • This is the first plague that the children of Israel had a part to play. In all the other plagues God made a clear divide between the Egyptians and the children of Israel. Why do you think God now made the children of Israel do something to protect themselves?

Seven With No Leaven

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The children of Israel are told that during the seven days of what is now known as the Passover holiday they are not to have any leaven.

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Discussion About Leaven and Seven:

  • Where else is the number 7 found in the Bible? Do you think that there is a connection?
  • What is leaven?
  • The children of Israel were told not to have any leaven found in their homes. What does it feel like to be part of a group?

Creative Thinking:

  • Why is food used as a symbol for holidays?
  • What could leaven represent?
  • Give reasons that people like to belong to groups.

Homeschooling Activities for Both Homeschoolers and Non-Homeschoolers:

  • Make a table of different holidays and list the foods that are associated with them.
  • Find other instances in religion where specific foods are not allowed.
  • The children of Israel are told that if they eat leaven food during the special seven day holiday which we know as Passover their souls will be cut away from Israel.
    • What is a soul?
    • What could it mean to have their soul cut away from Israel?
  • Why would the children of Israel care about belonging to their group?
  • Go through your house and make a list of food items that are leaven.
  • Describe the process of bread rising.
  • The children of Israel continue not to eat leaven on their holiday of Passover. Find out what they do eat and write about it.

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Three Days of Thick Darkness

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Discussion Questions About Darkness:

  • What do you think a thick darkness would feel like?
  • How is a thick darkness different from regular darkness?

Creative Thinking Questions About the Plague of Darkness:

  • If the thick darkness came from God why would Moses have to stretch out his hand?
  • For what reasons would God pick three days for the thick darkness?
  • There is only one letter difference in think and thick. What could be a connection between these words?

Homeschool Activities for Everyone – Homeschooling or Traditional Schooling:

  • What would be the difference between a sighted person in a thick darkness and a blind person in regular light?
  • Research blindness
  • Write a poem about living in darkness.
  • Write about your feelings living in darkness.
  • See if there is a blind institute near where you live. If there is check if you can go for a visit to find out more about how blind people live. If there is not one near you try to visit a blind institute online.
    • Write a letter to someone explaining something that you learned through your visit (whether live or on the web).
  • Write a thank you note to a doctor or to God from someone who was blind but had an operation and can now see.
  • Write a thank you note to God from someone who is blind for what they do have.
  • Describe what the plague of thick darkness looked like from someone looking at it from the side where the children of Israel lived.

 

The Plague of Locusts Expanded Throughout the Borders of Egypt

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God said that He would spread locusts throughout the borders of Egypt, but no locusts would enter over the border to where the children of Israel lived.

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Discussion Questions About Borders:

  • Why do countries have borders?
  • Do you think that it is good that there are different countries or should we just be people of the world?

Creative Thinking Questions About Borders:

  • Describe a world without borders.
  • On what basis would you assign borders?
  • Do you think that countries should still be allowed to change their borders?

Homeschool Activities for Homeschoolers and Non-Homeschoolers Alike:

  • Are there any customs, food, or language that are specific to the country in which you live? If so, what are they?
  • Are there any border disputes today in the world? If so where?
  • God sent a plague of locusts throughout Egypt. Make a list of the harm that locusts can do.
  • Write a journal entry for a locust in Egypt near the border with the children of Israel .
  • Write a newspaper report from a reporter watching the Egyptian border from the side of the children of Israel.
  • How would you mathematically figure out how many locusts it would take to fill the land of Egypt.
  • There are no lines in the ground defining borders. What are the different ways that countries mark their borders?
  • Countries are not the only places that have borders. Make a list of other borders.
  • God sent locusts throughout the borders of Egypt as a plague. Research locusts.

Pharaoh’s Servants Ask Pharaoh to Let the Children of Israel Go

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Pharaoh’s servants have had enough. They ask Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go to serve their God as they have asked to do.

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Discussion Questions:

  • If God is everywhere why would the children of Israel have to leave Egypt to serve their God?
  • Pharaoh kept the children of Israel against their will. Is it ever right to keep people against their will?
  • Pharaoh was stopping the children of Israel from practicing their religion. Was that okay?

Creative Thinking Questions:

  • People in jail are kept against their will. Should they be given a choice of doing something else instead of spending time in jail? What would some of the choices be?
  • What reasons can you think of to not let someone practice their religion?

Homeschool Activities for Those who Homeschool as well as Those who do Not Homeschool:

  • Research communism as it was in the Soviet Union and how the people were not allowed to practice religion.
  • Check if there is any country today that does not let people practice their religion as they would like.
  • People in jail are not free to leave. Are they free to practice their religion? Do they have any restrictions?
  • What aspects of religion require people to be free?
  • The children of Israel wanted to make sacrifices. Research sacrifices.
  • Would sacrifice or prayer be a more meaningful experience for you? Why?
    • If you do not think either prayer or sacrifice are meaningful describe some form of ritual which would have some meaning to you.
  • Research prayer.
  • Make a chart with the similarities and differences between sacrifice and prayer.
  • Pharaoh’s servants wanted Pharaoh to let the children of Israel to go free because they were afraid of the plagues from God. Have you ever given in to someone because you were afraid?
    • How did it make you feel?
    • Do you think that it is the same or different than Pharaoh‘s servants asking Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go so that they would not have any more plagues from God.
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