Exodus 3:1 through 4:17 contains the story of Moses speaking to God at the burning bush. God gives Moses a list of actions to convince Pharaoh to release the Hebrews into Moses' care. Moses gave God excuses why he couldn't do what God wanted him to do. Many believers understand Moses' feelings of inadequacy. Activities and games remind believers that God equips those He calls.
The Burning Bush
Use a small potted green plant, artificial or live, to create your own burning bush. Cut out flame shapes from red, orange and yellow coloured cellophane or tissue paper. Tape or paper clip the flame shapes to the branches and larger leaves of the plant, being careful not to tear the leaves. Place a small, battery-operated fan in the pot facing up toward the centre of the plant. Turn the fan on low to make the flames dance around the plant. The activity is suitable for 4-12-year-olds.
The Excuses Game
Moses gave God five excuses why he couldn't go to Pharaoh and successfully demand the release of the Hebrews. This game identifies excuses biblical characters used to explain why they couldn't carry out God's call. Two of Moses excuses, were that he stuttered and he had to know who sent him. Game participants could name the other three excuses for Moses. They could also identify the excuses of other well-known Bible characters. The participants use the game to see believers today still give God excuses and how God dismisses those excuses. The winner identifies the most number of biblical characters and excuses. Teachers use the game for sixth-graders through adults.
Name My Purpose
Display a staff, rubber snake, a leafy limb, toy lamb, a pair of sandals, a nametag, a cup, and sand. After telling the story of Moses at the burning bush, students identify the purpose of each of the items. The cup represents water Moses dips out of the Nile and pours on the sand to turn the water into blood. The nametag represents God telling Moses to say that "I AM" had sent him. The activity is appropriate for first-grade students and through junior high.
Mapping Moses' Journey
When Moses encountered the bush, he was near Horeb or Mount Sinai. He had fled from Egypt to Midian and was herding sheep near Mount Sinai. God sent him back to Egypt to lead the people to Canaan.
Map Moses' journey from Egypt to Midian to Mount Sinai and back to Egypt. Map the second trip out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, to Mount Sinai where he received the Ten Commandments. Mark each stop on the journey with a suitable icon such as sheep at Midian to represent Moses as a shepherd, and a burning bush and two tablets at Mount Sinai. This activity is suitable for third-graders through sixth-graders.
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