Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is afraid that if there is a war the children of Israel will join the enemies and leave Egypt.
Discuss with your children:
- When there is a fight do people have to pick sides?
- If you think that one of your friends is going to become friends with someone you don’t like does this bother you? Why?
- What are your options of things that you can do?
- What are the benefits to a country of having a large population?
- What are the disadvantages to a country of having a large population?
- What would the benefits have been to Egypt of having the children of Israel stay?
- In the time of the Bible war was common. What is the same and what is different between the wars then and now?
- There is a saying, “There is safety in numbers.” What does this mean? Do you agree?
- What benefit would there be to the children of Israel leaving with Egypt’s enemy?
- Write a discussion among some of the children of Israel about what they should do if there is a war. Have them discuss the various possibilities.
- Do you think that the children of Israel felt Egyptian? Explain. Try and support your answer.
- Do you think that it is smart for a leader to worry about what different parts of his/her population might do in different circumstances?
- Should a leader be more concerned with developing his/her country or protecting it? Explain.
- Do you think that the children of Israel saw themselves in a good position because their numbers were growing? Explain.
- Do you think that the children of Israel thought about if they would support Pharaoh if there was a war? Explain.