The Israelites (God’s chosen people) had become cruelly treated as slaves in Egypt and Almighty God raised up a man called Moses to lead them out of Egypt and eventually to the ‘Promised Land’ of Canaan.
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#1 Moses was an Israelite (one of God’s chosen people), but after being found by an Egyptian princess as a baby, he grew up in the Pharaoh’s (King of Egypt) palace. What sort of life would Moses have had living there?
Moses was raised as a prince of Egypt and would have enjoyed all the comforts and riches that come with being in a royal palace.
#2 When Moses grew up, he ran away from Egypt and his luxurious life in Pharaoh’s palace as he wanted to serve his God with his own people (the Hebrews). What did Moses do for the next 40 years?
Moses settled into a very quiet and humble life, becoming a shepherd looking after his father-in-law’s sheep.
#3 One day when Moses was out in the desert looking after the sheep, he saw a burning bush and heard his name being called from the bush. It was Almighty God speaking to him. What did God tell Moses?
God loves His people and wanted to save them from the cruel life they were enduring in Egypt. He told Moses that he would have to go back into Egypt and lead God’s people (the Israelites) to the ‘Promised Land’ of Canaan.
#4 God sent many plagues to Pharaoh and the Egyptian people. Why did God send these plagues?
Pharaoh constantly refused to release the Israelite slaves (Gods people), so God sent him plague after plague to punish him for his cruelty and hardness of heart. This also demonstrated God’s great power to all those who witnessed the plagues and to us when we read of the plagues in the Bible.
#5 God told Moses and His people that he would send one last plague and after this Pharaoh would let the Israelite people go free. What was this last plague?
The Angel of death went through the land of Egypt one night and many of the eldest sons from families across the land were killed. Pharaoh’s hard and stubborn heart of unbelief led to terrible distress for the Egyptian people he ruled over and they demanded that he set the Israelite people free.
#6 God’s people, the Israelites, had at last been freed from slavery in Egypt. God had commanded them to pack up their belongings and begin their journey. Where would they be travelling to?
God had promised His people that He would give them their own country where they could live in peace and freedom. It was the land of Canaan and is called the ‘Promised Land’ in the Bible.
#7 The Israelites had to cross the Red Sea before escaping from Egypt. Pharaoh was very angry and his army were following the Israelites, ready to attack them. When the Israelites arrived at the sea shore, Moses told them stand still and to wait to see how God would save them and get them across the vast expanse of deep water away from the Egyptian army. What happened next?
God commanded Moses to stretch his hand over the sea and the waters parted. This created a dry path across the sea bed for the Israelites to walk over to the other side. When the Egyptian army tried to cross through the same path, Almighty God caused the waters to return and they were drowned.
#8 After journeying for some time into a desert land, the Israelite people later complained about God and wanted to go back to Egypt. Why did they complain?
They did not trust that God would provide them with all that they needed. Because of this distrust, they felt uncomfortable and scared in the hot desert and thought they would die. They wanted to go back to Egypt where they knew they would at least have some food and drink, even though the Egyptian people were very cruel to them. If only they had trusted in a kind Lord God to provide them with all they needed! then they would not have been scared, angry or complaining, but would have instead been happy, calm and contented.
#9 Later on, Moses went to meet with Almighty God on Mount Sinai to collect the Ten Commandments, which God had written on tablets of stone. Moses hadn’t been gone very long when the Israelite people began to get restless waiting for him to return. What did they do?
Aaron, the priest, made a Golden Calf which was a false god. Sadly the Israelite people worshipped this Golden Calf which made their true God very angry.
#10 On the Day of Atonement, Almighty God gave a kind of picture, or map, to the Israelite people which showed them something that He would do in the future. What did God show them?
Almighty God was showing the Israelite people the danger and evil of sin. He also showed them that He would send His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the only true sacrifice for the sins of His people.
#11 When the Israelite people had almost reached Canaan (the ‘Promised Land’), they feared to go any further as their enemies lived there. They need not have feared as Almighty God had already done amazing things for them. What had God done for them?
God had done all of these things, and many more. The people had so many reasons to believe that God would take care of them perfectly when they went into the ‘Promised Land’, if only they would trust Him.
#12 The people of Israel started to moan and complain again which angered God who had been so kind to them. What did the Lord God send into the camp which caused everyone great fear?
The Lord sent many poisonous snakes or ‘fiery serpents’ into the camp which killed the people if they were bitten. It was a punishment for their unbelief. God also used this to teach the people a lesson about how He had power to save them. God commanded Moses to make a brass serpent and put it on a pole raised high for all to see. If the Israelites looked upon this brass serpent after being bitten, they would be saved from death from the poisonous bite. This shows us how the Lord Jesus Christ was raised up on the cross so that we could be saved from eternal death and have everlasting life if we look upon Him as our Saviour, trust in Him and repent of our sins.
#13 After wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, the people of Israel had finally arrived at the ‘Promised Land’. They only had to cross the River Jordan to reach their new home, but there were no bridges or boats and the river was very deep. What did the Israelites do?
As soon as the Lord saw that the people had faith, he stopped the water flowing in the river to allow the Israelites to cross. The Lord always keeps His promises, and just like the Israelites, we need to have faith to trust in His promises to us.
#14 The Israelite journey from miserable slavery in Egypt on to the glorious ‘Promised Land’ is like what?
The journey the Israelite people took from the miserable slavery in Egypt to the glorious ‘Promised Land’ of Canaan represents the Christian life. As we grow up, our lives become more miserable as we become slaves to sin and Satan, with no hope of true happiness. However, if we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and believe that He has died for us, we will be ‘set free’ from the power (slavery) of sin and Satan, and begin our journey to the ‘Promised Land’ of Heaven. The road will often be difficult, just like the journey of the Israelites, but our loving and kind Saviour will lead us safely home if we trust in Him.
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