Lesson: God’s Great Sign (Exodus / Passover Story)

This Children’s Bible lesson continues the story of the Exodus, starting with the Passover and leading through the 40 years in the wilderness. It continues a children’s church curriculum based on The Big Picture Story Bible.  You can modify these lessons for Sunday school or children’s church. This kid’s Bible lesson is offered as a guide for your own teaching. Be sure to modify the content to best fit the children in your ministry.

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Related Resource Links: Here are links to other websites that have free lessons plans (and more learning activities) about the Exodus: Calvary Chapel Kids website | Book of Exodus Lessons on Discovery | The Story of Moses from DLTK crafts | Exodus Links from MSSS Crafts

About This Exodus / Passover Bible Lesson

Learning Objectives: After this Bible lesson, children will demonstrate basic knowledge of the events of the Exodus by answering simple review questions.

Target Age Group: 5 – 10 years old {U.S. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade}

Bible Story: Exodus – Deuteronomy (overview)

Teaching Setting: This lesson was first taught in our children’s church on Sunday morning to about 25 children. Before the lesson, the children participated in several songs and group Bible memory exercises. Target length of this lesson is 20 minutes.

Items Needed:

  • Print out this lesson plan. PRINT PRINT
  • The Big Picture Story Bible (or summary of the Bible story in your own words)
  • Hint words displayed on sheets of paper or a marker board.
    • GO – 1 Million – Holy Book – Desert

Explanation: This lesson continues the story of the Exodus. The previous lesson mentioned the first nine plagues; this one explains the Passover, the crossing of the Red Sea, the giving of the Law, and the desert wonderings. Remember this is a big picture overview, so focus on the storyline more than the details in your teaching.

This lesson covers some tough themes, like the 10th plague where God took the lives of the firstborn in Egypt. My approach was to state the facts, and emphasize how God saved the Hebrew children. The story Bible does a good job of presenting the story while respecting the sensibilities of children.

This lesson plan is part of my series based on The Big Picture Story Bible by David R. Helm and Gail Schoonmaker. These lessons can be used with other story Bibles or by telling the Bible stories in your own words. However, I strongly recommend this book for its excellent illustrations and unifying approach to salvation history.


Teaching Plan: God’s Great Sign
(Big Picture of the Bible Lesson #7)

Introduction / Active Listening: Say “Does anyone remember where the story left off last week?” Prompt children with hints if needed. Then explain the story was just getting started. Display the 3 hints. Say, “In this weeks lesson, God will show the promised family his strength. Listen carefully for these hints while I tell the story. When I’m done, we’ll review to see how well you were listening.”

Read: “Part 7? from on The Big Picture Story Bible. (Or tell the story of the story of the Exodus, starting with the Passover and leading through the 40 years in the wilderness, in your own words emphasizing the answers to the questions below.) Be sure to engage the children with good story telling. Ask unscripted questions to clarify points in the story. The questions under “review” below are the key points for them to understand from the lesson, so be sure to emphasize them as you read.

Review Story Hints: The children should be able to explain what these hints had to do with the story.

  • “GO” – Pharaoh told the people to go!
  • “1 Million People” – The promise family had grown to almost 1 million people.
  • “Holy Book” – Moses had God’s Word written in a special book.
  • “Desert” – Because the people disobeyed God’s words, they had to stay in the desert.

True or False: Ask the children to choose which of the following statements are correct. Designate one side of the room for kids to stand if the statement is correct. Designate a second place in the room for the kids to stand if the statement is false. You many want to use small groups of volunteers if your class is very large.

  • The blood was a sign that the people were God’s people. {True}
  • Pharaoh was strong enough to say no to God. {False}
  • Abraham’s family had grown to almost 1 million people. {True}
  • God spoke to Moses and gave him good words for the people to obey. {True}
  • God’s people always did what God said – right away. {False}
  • Because of their sin (not obeying), had to live in the desert for a long time. {True}

Review/Test: Call on volunteers to answer these questions from the story you just read. Some possible answers are written as italics below.

  1. Why did Pharaoh finally let the people go? The ten plagues, especially the last one, showed him that he could not say NO to God.
  2. What are some things Moses taught God’s people to do? How to love God, how to love others, how to live as God’s people.
  3. Why did the people not get to the promised  land right away? Because they did not obey God’s word, they had to live in the desert for a long time.
  4. What do you think will happen next? God will continue to keep his promises and they will eventually get to the Promised Land.
  5. What does this story teach us about God.  God can do anything; he is stronger than any human king. God wants his people to obey him. God will punish people when they don’t listen to his Word. God keeps his promise, even when we fail.

Pray: Lead the children in prayer…

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Comments

  1. Mrs. Swaney says

    I like the lesson. I think it will be a good idea if you give the scripture reference to the story , even to the answer of the true or false game. I like the game. I’m a firm believer on teaching stories from the Bible, so my kids would have a good foundation of the word of God,
    I read many stories from other sites that were embellished by twisting the word of God to make it sort of better for kids:(

    Thank you for your ministry.

  2. andrea says

    Thank you so much for posting these lessons! This is our favorite Bible to use for our children’s ministry. I’m wondering, though, have you posted the links for the New Testament lessons? I can’t seem to find them.

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