Moses and the Burning Bush

In the last lesson, Moses had grown up in the Pharaoh’s palace as a son of the Pharaoh’s daughter.  But, when he grew up, he was disturbed to see the Hebrew people abused in slavery.  One day he saw a guard beating a Hebrew, so he killed the guard to protect him.  Knowing that Pharaoh now wanted to kill him for that crime, he fled to Midian where he started a new life as a shepherd.  This is where the story begins…

Scripture: Exodus 3: 1 – 22 and Exodus 4: 1 – 17

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Exodus 3 or pages 102 – 105 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • What did Moses see when he was watching his flock of sheep?  A burning bush.
  • What was strange about the burning bush?  It didn’t burn up.
  • What did Moses hear when he got close to the bush?  God speaking to him.
  • What did God tell Moses to do?  To take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground.
  • What did God say that He was concerned about?  The suffering of his people in Egypt.
  • What did He want Moses to do?  To go and bring the people out of Egypt.
  • Did Moses say yes and go right away?  No.
  • Why? He didn’t think he was able to do it. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
  • What was God’s answer?  I will be with you.
  • What did Moses ask then?  What if they ask who sent him?
  • How did God answer him?  ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” and “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
  • What would cause the Egyptians to let them go?  God would strike them.
  • What else would help to persuade the Egyptians? God would turn Moses’ staff into a snake.
  • If the Egyptians weren’t persuaded by the snake, what sign would God give them next? Moses’ hand would turn leprous in his cloak.
  • What was the third sign?  Water from the Nile would turn to blood.
  • What was Moses’ next objection? I’m not a good speaker.
  • How did God answer him?  “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
  • Finally what did Moses say?  Please send someone else.
  • Did God like that answer? No. He got angry and told him that his brother Aaron would speak for him.
  • In what ways do you think that Moses was perfectly suited for this job? He lived in the palace and was well educated, he cared about the Hebrews, he was humble, he was obedient, etc.
  • Do you think that God speaks to you today?  How? Through the Bible, our parents and teachers. Through sermons and Christian music. Through things that happen to us. etc.
  • Do you think that God can use you to do something very important – even if you feel very ordinary?
  • Who will always go with you wherever you go and help you in whatever you do? God
  • Let’s pray and thank God for being there for us to help us to do his will…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Exodus 4:12b “I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids.

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Here are some activity suggestions from sermons4kids.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1   Color page #2   Color page #3   Color page #4   Color page #5  Color page book featuring Moses   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children follow this maze to the burning bush.

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Have the children make one of these burning bush crafts. Craft #1 Craft #2 Craft #3

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Scroll down to several crafts and activities at Danielle’s Place.

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Have the children do one of these worksheets from Calvary Chapel.

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Read the story “Your Burning Bush” from Keys for Kids.

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Have the older kids act out the story.  Here is a script for a short skit.   Or have them act out this application skit.

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This burning bush activity will help kids to think about things that they can do to serve God.

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Make a burning bush and have the children gather around it for prayer.

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Here are some games and puzzles.

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Sing “Little is Much”(Moses Version) or “What’s in Your Hand” or “Why Me?” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert Album

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Serve one of these Burning Bush snacks.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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