This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Exodus 14) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses to write the first five books in the Bible. The book of Exodus is all about God’s miraculously assisting His special nation (Israel) to leave their 400 year slavery in Egypt in order to return to their promised land. Along the way God provides His people with a special tent of meeting and specific jobs and ceremonies for them to perform to enable Him to remain with them.
Finally after the 10 plagues, Pharaoh urged the Israelites to leave Egypt. But after they left, Pharaoh had another change of heart and he rushed after the Israelites. By this time God’s people had reached the Red Sea. Certain death by drowning was before them and behind them was Pharaoh’s army. What were they going to do?
Ask the children…
How did God save His people?
“Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. 22 So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!” (Exodus 14:21)
How did God destroy their enemies?
“Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered all the chariots and charioteers—the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.” (Exodus 14:27, 28 )
No matter how big God the obstacles appear in our lives, there is always a way out that God provides. Sometimes, like this one, God provides salvation by going through the obstacle. The Red Sea was just a tool that God used to show His wonderful power and love towards His people and His judgment on their enemies.
Ask your children if there are obstacles in their lives that seem too big to overcome? Are they as big as the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army? Entrust these obstacles to God and ask God to provide a way out. Speak to the obstacle or raise a hand like Moses did and call forth God’s salvation.
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