This lesson is taken from Exodus 1:9-2:10
Jacob had twelve sons. Eleven of Jacob’s sons, with their families went with Jacob to live in Egypt. For Jacob’s son Joseph was already living in Egypt. But in time Jacob, his son Joseph, and all of Joseph’s brothers died. But, their children had many children and grandchildren, and so forth on down the line. The king who knew Joseph died, and other kings came onto to Egypt throne. In time Joseph was forgotten about. One day a new king was on the throne of Egypt who knew nothing at all about Joseph and what he had done.
Let’s read our lesson and see what this new king did.
The Israelite people were living in Egypt, and the new king of Egypt became afraid of the Israelite people, for there were so many of them. This king said that he had to put a stop to the Israelites people having so many children. You see this new king was afraid that if a war started, the Israelites would join Egypt enemies and fight against them. Then the Israelite people would be able to escape from Egypt.
Do you know what this new king of Egypt did? He made the Israelite people slaves! The Egyptians put cruel slave masters over the Israelite people. Their job was to wear the Israelites out with lots of hard work. The Israelites was forced to build cities, and supply centers for the king. They had to make bricks and mortar and work long hours in the fields.
One day Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order, he told the Hebrew midwives to kill all of the Israelite boys as soon as they were born, but they could let the girls live. But the midwives feared God, and they refused to obey the king of Egypt and the midwives let the boys and girls both live.
The king called the midwives and asked them why they had let the baby boys live! The midwives said that the Hebrew women were very strong and they couldn’t get there before the baby was born. So God blessed the midwives with children, and the Israelites people grew in number and they became more powerful.
Then Pharaoh gave a new order to the Egyptian people, “Throw all the newborn Israelite baby boys into the Nile River. But let the baby girls live.
It was during this time, that a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. After awhile the woman had a son, she saw what a beautiful baby he was and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a little basket made of papyrus reeds and water proofed the basket with tar. The woman then put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile River. The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to her brother.
Pretty soon one of Pharaoh’s daughters came down to the Nile River to take a bath, and her servant girls walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the little basket in the reeds, she told one of her servant girls to go and get it for her. As the princess opened the basket, she found the baby boy. His helpless cries touched her heart. The princess knew that the baby had to be one of the Hebrew children, but she had fallen in love with the baby.
Then the baby’s sister came up to the princess. She asked the princess if she should go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for the princess. The princess told the girl,”Yes! Do so! “ The girl rushed home and told her mother and her mother then went to see the princess. The princess told the baby mother to take the baby home and take care of him for her. And the princess told the mother that she would pay her for her help.
Later on when the baby was older, the baby’s mother took the child back to the princess. The princess raised the child as her own son, and named him Moses.
How many sons did Jacob have?
When Jacob and eleven of his sons and their families moved to Egypt. What was the name of the son that already lived in Egypt?
A new king ruled over Egypt and he didn’t know anything about Joseph. What did this new king do to the Israelite people?
a. He gave them cattle
b. He made them slaves
c. He put them in jail
What was the order that the king of Egypt gave the midwives of the Hebrew women?
a. To kill the Hebrew women after they had their babies
b. To kill the baby boys when they were born
c. To kill the baby girls when they were born
When Pharaoh orders of killing the baby boys of the Israelite when they were born didn’t work. What new order did Pharaoh give to the Egyptian people concerning the Hebrew children?
a. Throw all the newborn baby boys into the Nile River
b. Throw all the newborn baby girls into the Nile River
c. Throw all the newborn babies into the Nile River
A man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married. After awhile they had a baby boy. How long did they keep the baby boy hidden?
a. One month
b. Two months
c. Three months
After the woman couldn’t keep the baby hidden any longer. What did she do with the baby?
a. She got a little basket made of reeds, water proof the basket, and put the baby in the basket and placed the basket in the Nile River
b. She got a little basket made of reeds and put the baby in the basket, and put the basket in the river.
c. She threw the baby in the river.
After the baby was put in the basket and the basket placed in the Nile River. Who watched the baby to see what would happen to him?
a. A maid
b. The baby’s sister
c. A servant
. Who found the baby in the Nile River?
b. A servant girl
c. Pharaoh’s daughter
Who did Pharaoh’s daughter get to care for the baby?
a. A servant girl
b. The baby’s sister
c. The baby’s mother
Pharaoh daughter raised the baby that she found in the Nile River.
What did she raise him as?
a. A servant
b. Her son
c. Her brother