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The Passover

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Old Testament Lesson 24: Exodus 12-13

To Prepare: Read Exodus 12 and Exodus 13; print a copy of the activity below for each child participating.

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To Teach: Begin with a prayer. Remind the children of the tenth plague that Moses warned about in the previous lesson. (Exodus 11:5-6) Read and explain Exodus 12:3-14 to find out what the Israelites were supposed to do to protect their families.

The meal that the Israelites were supposed to eat was called Passover, because the plague would pass over their houses and not come inside. (Unleavened bread is bread that hasn’t risen, like crackers or tortillas.)

Read Exodus 12:21-23. Ask children what they think the blood of the lamb that saved the Israelites from death represented. (The Atonement of Jesus Christ) Say that the Israelites did as they were commanded, and read Exodus 12:29-30 to see what happened to people who did not mark their doors. Moses told the Israelites to remember the Passover by repeating the special Passover meal each year.

After the tenth plague, Pharaoh finally let the Israelites pack their things and leave. Read Exodus 13:21-22.

Finish by coloring the activity sheet. You’re done again!

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The Ten Plagues

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Old Testament Lesson 23: Exodus 7-11

To Prepare: Read Exodus 7, Exodus 8, Exodus 9, Exodus 10, and Exodus 11; I recommend printing ONE COPY of the activity below for children to share. I also suggest finding your scissors and stapler ahead of time. We’re making a little booklet!

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To Teach: Begin with a prayer. Tell the children that when Moses and Aaron showed the signs to Pharaoh as they had been told, that Pharaoh did not believe them. He made the work the Israelites had to do much harder.

For the lesson today, we are basically going to read and summarize the events of Exodus 7-11. An important point to note as you are teaching is that the King James translation says that the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart. From the Joseph Smith Translation we know that Pharaoh hardened his own heart. All of the death and destruction that occurred was due to Pharaoh’s pride and stubbornness. While reading these chapters, I always replaced ‘the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart’ with ‘Pharaoh hardened his heart’ to avoid confusion.

Beginning with Exodus 7:14, read the story of the ten plagues, stopping to explain what each one was. I skipped verses here and there (for example, I skipped the part where the Israelites borrowed things from their neighbors) but most of the story is written out.

The kids had a lot of questions as we went through. Did the plagues affect the Israelites, too? Were there any ways that the Egyptians could protect themselves from the plagues? How were the firstborn of the beasts going to be killed if all the livestock died in the 5th plague? Some questions are easy to answer with the scriptures, some aren’t.

Exodus 11 ends with a warning about the upcoming tenth plague. The Lord would provide a special protection to spare the Israelites from the tenth plague, but that’s a matter for the next lesson.

Finish by coloring and making the plague booklet. You did it! Well done!

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Moses and The Burning Bush

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Old Testament Lesson 22: Exodus 3-4

To Prepare: Read Exodus 3 and Exodus 4; print a copy of the activity below for each child participating.

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To Teach: Begin with a prayer. Read and explain Exodus 3:1-10. Ask children what reasons they might take their shoes off before entering someplace. If applicable, help them remember places they go where they remove their shoes. Moses was supposed to remove his shoes so that he would know he was in a holy place. What was Moses being asked to do?

Read Exodus 3:11. How did Moses feel about his new calling?

Read Exodus 3:12. How did the Lord respond?

Read Exodus 3:16-20. The Lord had a plan for Moses. What was going to make the Pharaoh let the people go?

Moses took his wife and children and returned to Egypt, where he was to follow the plan the Lord had given him. Read Exodus 4:27-31. Aaron came and met Moses and helped him convince the elders of Israel that the Lord was preparing to free them from their bondage.

We know that Moses was in the similitude of Jesus Christ. (Moses 1:6) This means that he was like Jesus. There were many things in Moses’s life that were like things in Jesus’s life.

Finish with the matching activity to see what some of those similarities are. This lesson is over!

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