After the encounter with God in the burning bush, Moses packed up his family and left Midian to return to Egypt. Along the way he met his brother, Aaron, and the two of them met with the elders (or leaders) of Israel. They showed the elders the miraculous signs they had been given (staff into a snake, leprous hand, etc.) and told the elders that God had not forgotten them. The elders believed Aaron and Moses and bowed down to worship God.
Moses and Aaron then went to meet with Pharaoh. They told him that God wanted him to let the people go for 3 days to go out and worship God in the desert. Pharaoh basically asked who was this God to order him around? The Egyptians believed that Pharaoh had godlike power himself and so he didn't think anyone could order him around. (He was going to find out very differently!) Moses and Aaron warned Pharaoh that if he didn't listen, God would send plagues on Egypt. Pharaoh said get back to work!
After Moses and Aaron left, Pharaoh ordered that not only did the Israelites have to keep working but the overseers were to stop giving them the straw they were using to make bricks. (During this time the Israelites were slaves making bricks to build Egyptian cities and pyramids.) That meant they not only didn't get 3 days off, they had more to do each day! Understandably the Israelites were stressed-out by this. They told Moses and Aaron they had made it worse not better! Moses went back to God and asked what was going on? God told him that it was all part of the plan to show His might to Pharaoh. God restated that He was the Lord of the Israelites and He was going to take care of them. God promised to release the people from slavery and give them a wonderful home.
Moses went back and told this to the people but they didn't believe him. But God told Moses to go back to Pharaoh and tell him to let them go. Moses was doubtful, but he and Aaron went.
Have you ever heard the saying "It is darkest before the dawn?” It means that sometimes things look worse before they get better. This is how it was for Moses and the Israelites. It seemed really bad, but they just needed to hold on a little longer and God was going to do great things! Sometimes things in our life look really bad, but those are the times when we need to go to the Bible and remember God's promises. Trust that He has good things just around the corner because Romans 8:28 says “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Trust God to have a bright sunrise coming after the darkness!
- Talk with your child about a time when things looked bad but then God worked it out for you.
- Draw or paint a sunrise to remind your family that good is coming or get up early and photograph one together!