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Moses told the children of Israel to stay away from the mountain and then he climbed up to be with God. Once he was up on Mount Sinai, God told him to go down and to tell the people to stay away from the mountain so that they would not die. Moses said that the children of Israel would not go near the mountain because they had already been warned to stay away.   

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you get annoyed when you are told something more than once?
  • Should we trust that people listen to what we say and not repeat our warnings?
  • Moses trusted the children of Israel. What does it mean to trust someone?

Creative Thinking:

  • Make a list of times when you should trust people and a list of times when you should not. What is the defining difference?
  • What could be some of reasons that God would tell the children of Israel not to touch Mount Sinai at this time?

Homeschool Activities:

  • What is the difference between cannot and may not? Explain in context of the children of Israel touching Mount Sinai.
  • Was Moses naive to trust the children of Israel?
  • God said that the mountain was to be holy and that the children of Israel should stay away from it. Why do you think that the children of Israel were told not to touch the mountain?
  • Moses trusted the children of Israel not to touch the mountain. Why do you think that he trusted them?
    • Do you think that they deserved his trust? Explain.
  • Write a letter to Moses and God describing why they should believe that you will heed their warning.
  • Create a flyer to give out to the children of Israel warning them not to touch the mountain.
  • The children of Israel were told that the mountain was holy. Explain what holiness is.
  • Today there are signs by hydro stations warning people to stay away. But, every year people are hurt because they touch hydro lines. Compare this with the warning to the children of Israel by God through Moses that they were not to touch the mountain.

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