Knowledge and Glory

Moses Parts the Red Sea

Two unmistakeable themes in the book of Exodus are the knowledge of God and the glory of God. We recently taught on the plagues and presently are working our way through the exodus. I made a list of all the verses I found in this section that mention know and glory.

Exodus 6:7: I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Exodus 7:5: The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch-out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.

Exodus 7:17: Thus says the LORD, “By this you shall know that I am the LORD; behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood.

Exodus 8:10: Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God.”

Exodus 8:22: But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

Exodus 9:29: Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to the LORD. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the LORD’s.

Exodus 10:2: That you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD.

Exodus 14:4: And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD.”

Exodus 14:18: And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.

God clearly desires that His name be known and glorified. The book of Exodus provides a wonderful opportunity to teach children who God is and why it is our chief end to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. Additionally, we see a beautiful picture of the Gospel as our Deliverer, Jesus Christ, leads His people out of bondage to sin by the cross and resurrection so that they might become true worshipers of the living God.

The exodus continues as a theme throughout Scripture. Even the book of Revelation mentions the Song of Moses, which was sung on the shores of the Red Sea after God “shook off” the Egyptians.

And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15:2-4)

Here, in the last book of the Bible, we find key words that parallel with the Exodus account: sea, fire, song of Moses, amazing deeds, nations, fear, glorify, holy, and worship. Moses’ song points us forward to the victory of the Church where “the Lord will reign forever and ever. ” (Exodus 15:18)

 


 

Sunday School Craft

 

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Moses at the Red Sea
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Gather supplies.

 

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Right click; download; print on card stock; cut out each figure.

 

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Cut blue craft paper in half.
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Cut 1″ waves, leaving 1/4 of an edge uncut.  Curl the waves as you would ribbon, putting 1″ strip between scissor blade and thumb and then pulling outward.

 

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Cut a double strip of card stock to position Moses upright.  Glue it together.
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Glue card stock strip to Moses’ back, leaving the “tail” free.
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Glue sea to edges of brown craft paper.  Glue sea and ground to cardboard.  Glue Moses’ “tail” to brown craft paper to secure him in an upright position.  You can decorate the sea with fish if you like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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