I’ve always found the story of the Exodus, Passover, and the Plagues intriguing. There is a lot going on there, and God shows his power in amazing ways. Have you ever thought about it? That’s probably why it’s such a popular Sunday School lesson.
My weird sense of humor and The Plagues of Egypt
Let’s take a moment and look at the culture God was acting in. They worshipped the sun, the Nile provided all they needed, their gods were men with animal heads. Then look at what God did. He turned the Nile to blood, taking away their water and their ability to grow food. He killed their livestock. You worship a frog-headed god? Okay, I’ll give you frogs. He took away the sun, the symbol of their most powerful god.
I just look at this part of the story and think God has to be showing his sense of humor, taking what they believed in and twisting it. I wonder sometimes if God does that now, or if He will do that again.
I also think it takes tremendous guts and stubbornness to stand in the way of God and think it will end well. He saw all God did and just wouldn’t back down.
How we use my storybooks
For those who are wondering this is how we’re usually reading these stories, or one of the frequent variations. I hold the story up as I read it to them. The other variation is me reading with three kids cuddled up on me.
As I read the story we stopped after each plague to complete the notebook page about each plague. Often the magicians were able to duplicate or emulate the effect of the plague God created. It led to a great discussion of why they were able to emulate it. Something to get into more when they’re older, but I have my own theories on it. I look forward to debating them when they get into junior high/high school.
After all that hard work writing, we needed a running break, and here’s the perfect one for it:
A few years ago when I first taught this to my Sunday School class I made a bunch of frog bean bags, over the years I’m down to about 12, so I need to make more, and when I do I’ll add that information to this post. But, the frogs start in the middle and they have 3 minutes to get as many as they can (more instructions are in the download). They loved playing it and we played it several times, even though poor Superman didn’t do well, he still loved playing it. He’ll probably love it even more when he’s in my Sunday School class this year and there’s more of the frogs.
This is the other view as I read, but since I’m taking the picture you can’t see the story. I love this picture, grainy quality and all.
Since we did this right before heading out of town, I didn’t get to the last several projects on there, including the plague of locusts snack……….. Probably just as well, my snacks never turn out as cute as the ideas I’ve pinned.
Click on the picture above to get the 25 page (about) storybook, questions, crafts, and more.
Moses and the Plagues of Egypt resources
- Moses and the Plagues lesson and storybook
- 10 Plagues of Egypt craft
- Plague of Frogs craft (I like frogs, so I might emphasize this one a bit more, I don’t like flies)
- Plague of Flies snack (I am totally doing this to my 3/4 graders)