09 Moses: The Prince of Egypt

UNIT #: 
Lesson Theme: 
God prepares the way for His plan to unfold.

God placed Moses in command of His people to deliver them from the hand of Pharaoh.

Bible Passage: 

Exodus 2:5-10

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10 When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Story of Moses is a favorite among young children. Just like baby Jesus, this is one of the sweetest baby stories recorded in the bible. At the time of Moses birth there was great trouble among the Hebrew families. They feared for the life of their babies. Pharaoh did not like the Hebrews flourishing in Egypt and had sent out a decree to kill all the Hebrew baby boys. Jochebed, Moses' mother hid baby Moses at home for as long as she could. She trusted in God's promise and protection. Encourage the children to pray and seek God's protection in their lives too. 

Main Ideas: 

How many of you have been on a boat? Do you like floating on the water? 

At the time baby Moses was born the Hebrews were being treated very badly by Pharoah. Do you remember how God's people went from Canaan to Egypt? Yes. It was Jacob and his family who moved to Egypt to be with Joseph. Now Joseph had pleased the Pharaoh and been rewarded well. During his time the Hebrews were respected and treated well. Many years later when the Egyptians realized that God blessed His people and they were thriving in Egypt, they did not like it. They made the Hebrews do all their work. Hebrews became slaves in Egypt.

The Hebrews cried out to God and He heard their cries. A baby boy was born to deliver them from Pharaoh's hand. But first he had to be protected and cared for. Mirium, Moses' sister kept watch over the reed basket boat that her mother had made for her baby brother. She hid herself in the tall grass along the river and watched as it drifted away. Just then Pharaoh's daughter came to river for a bath. She saw the reed basket and had it pulled out of the water. When she saw baby Moses, she was filled with compassion and took him to be her son. Mirium approached her quickly and told her where to find a nurse for the baby. Without realizing it, she hired Moses' mother as the baby's nurse. 

We see God's protecting hand all through Moses life. Even as a baby he was protected by God through his mother, his sister and Pharaoh's daughter. Moses grew up as the Prince of Egypt. He was called to lead God's people out of Egypt. 

Values for Life: 

Sometimes we can feel weak and lost.  Even at those times God is watching us and we are safe in His protecting hands. 

Life Response/My Decision: 

I will trust in God's protection and plan for my life. Even in the darkest times when all around me is frightening, I know that God is with me and I can lean on Him for comfort and care. He will bring the protection and care I need through people who are near me like Moses' mother and sister, and even from those who He chooses to do His work like Pharaoh's daughter.

Memory Verse: 

2 Samuel 22:2

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

He said:

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,

Closing Prayer: 

Dear God,

Help me realize I am never alone. You are always near me. You will protect me and keep me in your care. 


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