Breaking down the Moses, Plagues to Passover story

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh

We are about to embark on a follow-up Rotation on Moses. Last month we covered Moses from his birth to his encounter with God in a burning bush.

That was a lot of ground to cover in the Bible, as is part two: Plagues and Passover. But have no fear! Here is a reading plan for your family group to use, to break down this month’s story into manageable chunks. (For the part one reading plan click here.)

Might I suggest covering our story over several days? Start off with a review of God’s call to Moses. (The Burning Bush!) The next day, read about Moses and Aaron’s first encounter with Pharaoh. (See picture above.) On subsequent days you can read about each plague, as God displays his power to Egypt. Eventually you’ll read about the first Passover and about how a lamb’s blood saved the Israelites.

As an added bonus there are questions for discussion at the family dinner table. (Or wherever your family is gathered together.)

If you’d like to print out this reading plan/discussion guide (I’ve tried to squeeze it into a one-page document!) click here.

Read Discussion question
Exodus 3:1-6 Why take off your sandals? What sort of relationship to God does this imply?
Exodus 3:7-15 What does God want Moses to do?
How many different ways does God identify himself?
Exodus 4:1-17 Does Moses sound like he is whining? When was the last time you whined? Reread verse 11. Which of your perceived limitations needs this sort of talking to?
Exodus 5:1-18 How did you expect Pharaoh would react to Moses’ request? Tell about a time you asked for something and were turned down.
What can help you to keep in mind that God is with you in times of stress?
Exodus 5:22-6:8 Do you suppose Moses is ready to give up? So soon? When have you felt this way?
Exodus 7:1-7 Why do you suppose God “hardened” Pharaoh’s heart? Or did Pharaoh harden his own heart? What do you hope to be able to accomplish at age 80?
Exodus 7:8-13 How do you suppose Moses and Aaron felt when Pharaoh’s magicians made their staffs into snakes? Who (in your opinion) “won” this round?
Exodus 7:14-24 To the Egyptians the Nile River was a god. What does this say about God’s power?
Do you see “magicians” in society who try to mimic God’s power?
Exodus 8:1-15 How do you suppose it would feel to find frogs in your oven and in your mixing bowls?
Why do you suppose the magicians didn’t try to stop the frogs?
Exodus 8:16-19 Starting with this plague, the magicians were no longer able to reproduce a plague. Why do you suppose this didn’t have an affect on Pharaoh?
Exodus 8:20-32 What sort of pattern of behavior is happening? Starting with this plague, the Hebrews were unaffected. What sort of message did this send to Pharaoh? To the Hebrews?
Exodus 9:1-7 How do you suppose Pharaoh planned to recover Egypt from these plagues?
Exodus 9:8-12 God didn’t tell Moses how many plagues would happen. How is Moses likely feeling?
Exodus 9:13-35 What does the warning in verse 19 say about God? How about verse 32?
Exodus 10:3-20 If God knows that Pharaoh will change his mind, why does he keep stopping a plague when Pharaoh says he will let them go? Why does Pharaoh ignore his officials advice?
Exodus 10:21-29 The sun was a god to the Egyptians. What does this story teach you about your allegiance to the “gods” of today’s society?
Exodus 11:1, 12:1-13 Why do you suppose there are such explicit directions for a Passover feast? How does Jesus’ Last Supper relate to this story? How about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?
Exodus 12:21-30 In the manner of verse 26, discuss your family traditions.
Exodus 12:31-42 What sort of blessing do you suppose Moses gave Pharaoh? Have you ever received a blessing? How do you suppose the Hebrews felt as they left town in a hurry?


Photo credits:
Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh by Benjamin West (1738-1820) in the Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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