BIG IDEA: GOD PROTECTS ME
AIM: This Childrens Lesson on Exodus 7:14-11:10 gets children thinking about what it means to be protected by God by looking at how He protected the Israelites during the ten plagues. This lesson is one in a series on being ‘Confident in God.’ You can check out one of those lessons here.
Icebreaker question: If you could have any superhero to protect you, which would you choose and why?
1. Target Practice. Use some balls or bean bags to throw at a target. See who can hit it the most and in the best places for the most points!
2. [Outdoor game] Don’t Get Me Wet! Have kids run through an obstacle course whilst holding an umbrella as other children throw water bombs at them. The child who is the driest at the end is the winning team!
3. Capture the Flag. Each team gets a flag and must protect their own whilst trying to steal the opponent’s flag
4. Balloon Stomp. Try and protect a balloon that is tied to your own leg whilst stomping out your opponent’s balloon.
1. ‘Freedom’ by Bethel Kids
2. ‘I am Free’
3. ‘Alive’ by Hillsong Young and Free
SET the Scene:
Read Exodus 7:14-11:10 for yourself. Pick some of the verses to read with the children.
- ‘Ten Plagues of Egypt’ – Prince of Egypt version
- ’10 Plagues’ – a fun song, could probably stretch to use it with 5-8s
- ‘Ten Plagues in Egypt Land’
- ‘Let Us Go’ – a Jewish parody of the 10 plagues
1. What order did the plagues come in?
2. Why did God bring the plagues?
3. How did God finally free the Israelites?
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1. GOD LOOKED AFTER THE ISRAELITES
Use a pop up tent to speak from inside or to let the children go inside.
Say: God protected the Israelites from the worst of the plagues. He looked after them by protecting them. God told the people to cover their doors with blood so that they would be passed over and their first born sons would not die. That’s why Jewish people remember this time of year and call it the Passover.
God looked after the Israelites back then, and He looks after us now. He sent His son Jesus to be our protection. In dying on the cross for us Jesus became sin (all the things that we do, say and think that are wrong) for us so that we could be forgiven for the wrong things we think, say and do. God is a God that protects us. We can trust Him to protect us because He is so powerful and strong! The plagues show us that He was more powerful than any other god that the Egyptians worshipped – He was more powerful than their god of the sun, the land and the sky. Our God is greater. God showed the Egyptians He was even more powerful than Pharaoh – because Pharaoh could not save his own son.
So, if you’re wondering whether God is big or powerful enough to look after and protect you, then you can know that He definitely is!
2. GOD’S POWER CAN BE SHOWN IN OUR PROBLEMS
Have three or more small boxes with different types of problems on them: ‘No Friends’ ‘Bad Day’ ‘Angry Parent’ or come up with your own. Then have a giant cardboard box with the word ‘GOD’ written on it in big letters.
Say: You would think that God would rescue the people straight away from the Egyptians so that they wouldn’t need to see any plagues. But that’s not what happened. Instead, God used the plagues to show both the Israelites and the Egyptians how big and powerful He was. He wanted everything to know that there was none greater than Him. Yet he gave Pharaoh every opportunity to turn back to God and say sorry (repent).
Perhaps you have some problems today. Maybe you have been struggling with your friends [hold up the ‘No Friends’ box] or perhaps your parent has been angry with you [hold up ‘Angry Parent’ box] or you might even just have had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day [hold up corresponding box] [phrase quoted from a recent movie Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.]
The God Box:
The amazing thing is that God is the same today as He was yesterday. He is still greater than anything we might face! [Bring out the ‘God’ box]. I’d have liked to have got a bigger box… but I’m afraid a real God sized box isn’t available because He is so big the box would have to be bigger than the entire Universe!
The cool thing is, that we can hand all of our problems over to God. [Put each one of the boxes inside the bigger box]. That’s what the Israelites did – they called out to God and God heard their prayer! They handed their problems over to God. And He protected them from the problem!
When we do that, we don’t need to see our problems anymore, but we can keep looking at God instead and believe that He will help us. Other people will see how big our God is too – just like the Egyptians saw how great God was!
3) GOD PROTECTS ME SO I CAN PROTECT OTHERS
You will need a bowl with water, black pepper, washing up liquid and two wooden spoons. You will need to watch and practice this video demonstration: Watch this before you do it with kids!
Say: Sometimes God’s protection means that things will disappear fast out of our lives. We can ask Him to help and the problems or situations disappear quickly. [Use the demonstration from the video to show the children.] However, God’s protection doesn’t always mean nothing bad will ever happen to us – just look at what happened to some of the godly people in the bible! The Israelites felt the first plagues effects and they were still in Egypt when the plagues came – even if most of them only affected the Egyptians. However, God was with the Israelites the whole time. God helped them through the plagues and finally helped them to escape Egypt.
Sometimes we are going to want our problems to go away. But God never promises that He will make all our problems go away, or that we can just forget about them and imagine that they are not there. Certain things God asks us to do are sometimes scary and may cause us problems – it wasn’t easy for Moses to go to Pharaoh each time and tell him the bad news. Yet if he didn’t go the people never would have been freed!
Sometimes God protects us so that we can help to protect others too! God ALWAYS helps us to face our problems – with His power! If we ask, He will always help us to overcome our problems in our heart and mind so that they do not overcome us. He will help us to stand up to evil and to defeat it so that we can help to protect others too!
Romans 8:31-39 says:
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Write down or print off all the bible verses you can find to do with God’s protection. Turn an umbrella upside down and put all the bible verses inside. Get the children to choose a bible verse and to think about what it means to them.
Check out some of these verses on how God protects.
1. How has God protected you and your family in the past?
2. How does it make you feel to know that God protects you?
3. Do you do a good job of helping to protect others? How?
4. How can you protect your a) little brothers and sisters? b)eyes and ears from seeing and hearing things that wouldn’t be good for you to watch or see c) friends
SENSE How You Feel:
How does it feel to be protected?
- Put together the ten finger puppets and ask the children to retell the story
Using the big ‘GOD’ box from the second object lesson in the ‘Spot the Simple Truth’ section of the session, ask children to write or draw a problem that they need help with onto a piece of paper and put it inside. AS they do ask them to pray that God would come and help them with that problem and that they would see how BIG He really is!