Moses Bulrushes to the Burning Bush
Summary of Lesson Activities:
View the Nest Entertainment animated video, Moses, to learn story details and story sequence from Moses’ birth to his burning bush experience.
Exodus 1:1 – 4:15
But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:11-12a (NIV)
Workshop Objectives — After completing this Rotation, participants will be able to:
- Name that the story is found in the Old Testament.
- For 3rd grade and up: Locate the story in Exodus. Identify Exodus as a book of “Law.”
- Retell the story in his/her own words.
- Recognize God at work in the lives of story characters.
- Examine God’s presence intersecting in their life. Implement a watch to see where God is at work with plans for them.
- Discover that we don’t have to be perfect to do God’s work; God gives us the abilities we need and God is always with us.
- Read the scripture for this lesson.
- Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
- Preview the DVD.
- Gather the materials
- Video (DVD) Animated Stories from the Bible: Moses. Nest Entertainment, 2001.
- Snack items
- Easel with paper; marker
- masking tape
- story pictures (see Resources at end of lesson)
- Bibles (3rd grade and up)
- Adventure Bible with tabs (Law, History, etc.) bookmarked to Exodus 2:23
Before Start of Class:
- Make sure you know how to use the TV/DVD, how to move by chapters and scanning forward and backward within a chapter.
- Cue the DVD to the MAIN MENU.
- Prepare loops of masking tape to use during the lesson to display story pictures on easel.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the video workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults.
Say: Let’s begin with prayer. Ask for any prayer requests. Ask if anyone would like to lead the group in prayer. Be prepared to say a prayer yourself, working in prayer requests. A suggestion: “Lord God, Thank you for this day and for all the people who are here today. We are thankful to be able to study Bible stories. Open our hearts and minds and ears. We want so much to understand you. Help us recognize that you are always with us and that you want us to be your disciples. Amen.”
Dig- Main Content and Reflection:
Say: Today we are going to watch a movie about Moses.
Ask: How many of you know something about Moses? (allow several answers)
For 1st and 2nd graders:
Say: Moses lived a long time before Jesus did. In fact, Jesus would have learned the story of Moses when he was your age. We find the story of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible, in the book of Exodus. The name Exodus reminds me of an EXIT sign. It is a good name for this book in the Bible because “Exodus” means “going out”. Part of the Moses story is about Moses leading God’s people out, or exiting from Egypt.
For 3rd grade and up:
Ask: Would a story about Moses be found in the Old Testament or the New Testament?
Say: Moses lived a long time before Jesus did. In fact, Jesus would have learned the story of Moses when he was your age. The stories that Jesus learned as a child are in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Ask: Who knows how many books there are in the Bible? (66)
In what book of the Old Testament do we find the story of Moses? (Exodus)
Say: The book of Exodus is the second book of the Bible – there’s Genesis, then Exodus. “Exodus” means “going out.” The name Exodus reminds me of an EXIT sign. The book of Exodus tells how God’s people exited or went out of Egypt.
Ask: Who can name the first five books of the Old Testament?
Say: The first five books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) are called the “books of Law” because they are based on the commandments God revealed to Moses. Be sure when you visit the Art Workshop that you receive a tab for the “Law” section of your Bible. [Show the classroom Bible with tabs.]
Have everyone find the Exodus 1:1. Tell them that this is where our story begins.
For all students:
Say: Let’s take a look at what we are going to see in our video.
Use the story pictures as be a quick exercise to help students prepare to see the video. In early weeks of the Rotation, ask students to watch for these events…put up the pictures in order on the easel. Don’t try to tell a complete story – let the video do that. In later weeks, ask the students if they can tell you the main events. Use the pictures to jive their memory.
Show the Video:
[Have the Shepherd distribute the snack.]
Using the DVD, from MAIN MENU, choose PLAY.
POINT OUT (without stopping) Pharaoh when he first appears.
VIEW about 5 minutes, chapters 1 – 3.
PAUSE when Pharaoh’s daughter and her maid appear on the screen (start of chapter 4).
Ask: What was life like for God’s people, the Hebrew people?
What were the people doing stomping in the mud? (making bricks)
Why was baby Moses in trouble? (Pharaoh ordered all baby boys killed)
Who was Pharaoh? (leader or king of Egypt)
Why did he want baby boys killed?
How was the baby Moses saved?
Did you see God at work in this story?
Say: We have not heard God’s name mentioned yet but God is at work – Moses has been saved. God has a plan for Moses.
VIEW about 7 minutes, chapters 4 – 7 and a portion of chapter 8.
PAUSE when the Hebrew says, “What are you going to do Moses, kill me like you killed the Egyptian?”
Ask: Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince but he is still a Hebrew. How do you suppose Moses feels about the way the Hebrews are being treated?
Say: In his frustration and anger, Moses has killed an Egyptian. Moses tried to take matters into his own hands, rather than waiting for God’s plan. Pharaoh finds out what Moses has done and threatens to kill Moses. To escape, Moses runs away. He ends up living in a desert land, called Midian. He becomes a shepherd. Moses lives in this desert 40 years. Then something interesting happens in Egypt.
Read (or ask an older student to read) Exodus 2:23-25.
Say: Israelites is another name for God’s people, the Hebrews. God hears the cry of his people. God is going to act! God has a plan. Let’s see what happens.
From the MAIN MENU, choose CHAPTER INDEX.
Choose - 11 “God calls Moses to deliver Israelites from bondage.”
VIEW about 3 and half minutes, chapter 11.
PAUSE when the credits start to appear.
Ask: What happened to Moses?
Say: God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. The video used God’s words from an old version of the Bible called the King James Version. Did you hear God say, “Put off thy shoes for the place whereon thou standeth is holy ground.”
Ask: Did you realize that was God telling Moses to take off his sandals?
Say: Let’s watch that part again but use more modern words.
Turn off the sound on the TV.
From the MAIN MENU, choose CHAPTER INDEX.
Again choose - 11 “God calls Moses to deliver Israelites from bondage.”
VIEW chapter 11 (about 3 and half minutes) but provide the wording for the scenes (suggestion below). [In later weeks of the Rotation, when the story is better known, allow the students to be the narrators – like dubbing a foreign film!]
Here I am.
Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
(In the video: Moses kneels)
I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying. So now, go. I am sending you to bring my people out of Egypt.
But who am I to do such a job?
I will be with you.
(In the video, see front view of Moses) But the people won’t believe me!
What is that in your hand?
A shepherd’s staff.
Throw it on the ground. (In the video, it becomes snake)
Pick it up by the tail. (It becomes staff again)
Put your hand inside your robe. (It was diseased!)
Put it back in your robe.
(In the video his hand is healthy again)
You have seen the power of God. If you perform these signs then the people will believe you. Go!
But God, I am not good at speaking.
(In the video see just burning bush) I will help you speak well.
Please God, send someone else!
I will send your brother Aaron to speak for you. Go! Do as I command.
STOP when Moses is saying good-bye.
Ask: What did God want Moses to do? (free his people)
How would you respond if God asked you to do something really hard?
Moses had a lot of excuses for not going. What did God say? (I will be with you)
Say: God had a plan to use Moses to free the Israelite people from Egypt. God gave Moses the power of miracles (the rod/snake, diseased hand) to help Moses. God also sent Aaron, Moses’ brother, to help.
Ask: Who remembers what happened to the Israelites, did they escape Egypt? [2nd grade and up may recall last year’s Rotation on Plagues and Passover.]
Say: God had a plan and a way to make his plan work. It’s important to remember that whenever God asks us to do something, he leads us. He helps us. He does not desert us.
Close in prayer.
- Binder, Amy et al. “Animated Stories from the Bible: Moses Activity & Resource Book. Irving, TX: Nest Entertainment, 1993. (story pictures are from this book; see list below)
- Faith Quest Lesson Sets at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church. “Moses and the Burning Bush: Holywood.” 2001. http://www.kirkofkildaire.org/...ons/BurnHolywood.htm (some discussion questions)
- MacQueen, Neil. "A Brief Introduction to Teaching with Video.” 2002. http://www.sundaysoftware.com/video-tips.htm
- DVD: Animated Stories from the Bible: Moses. Nest Entertainment, 2001.
List of Story Pictures:
1. Hebrew slaves at work, pg 8
2. Moses is born, pg 5
3. Moses in basket in Nile, pg 14
4. Grows up in Pharaoh’s court, pg 18
5. Runs away to Midian becomes a shepherd, pg 43
6. Burning bush, pg 31
Note: Workshops we also used in this Rotation
- Art: Focus on the burning bush and God’s call on our lives. Use a variation of the ancient Jewish art form of Micrography (or call it "Word Art"). See this lesson posted in this forum under the ART WORKSHOPS…
- Cooking: Create edible baby Moses baskets. We used the lessons from State Street UMC
from Baby Moses-Burning Bush lesson set from. Look for it in the COMPLETE LESSON SET… State Street UMC Bristol, VA.
- Games: Focus on story events. Use the life-sized game board and a game die. Also from Baby Moses-Burning Bush lesson set from State Street UMC.
- Drama: from Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church. “Moses and the Burning Bush: Apostle’s Playhouse.” Do a SEARCH for Kirk of Kildaire drama (without any quotes) in the Baby to the Burning Bush forum.
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A lesson written by Carol Hulbert from: First United Methodist Church
Ann Arbor, MI
Copyright 2005 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
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