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Moses Birth
Read Exodus 1-2

Print/ Download Questions -- Moses Birth

  • What did the king of Egypt order to be done to the Hebrew baby boys? Exodus 1:16
  • What did the midwives do when the king commanded them to kill any newborn boys? Exodus 1:17
  • Who was the baby found by Pharaoh's daughter in an ark of bulrushes floating in the river? Exodus 2:1-10
  • Why did Moses' mother hide him for three months and then put him in an ark of bulrushes by the river's brink? Exodus 1:22; 2:1-10
  • Where did Pharaoh's daughter find the baby Moses in his ark of bulrushes? Exodus 2:1-10
  • Who watched the baby Moses as he floated in the ark of bulrushes at the river? Exodus 2:1-10
  • Please name Moses' older sister who watched him from a distance when he floated in the ark at the edge of the river. Exodus 2:1-4; Numbers 26:59
  • Pharaoh's daughter adopted Moses. Who nursed the child for her? Exodus 2:7-10
  • How did Moses' older sister help him when he was very young? Exodus 2:1-10
  • Where was Moses born? Exodus 2:1-10
  • What is the relationship among these three Biblical characters: Numbers 26:59
    • Aaron
    • Miriam
    • Moses
  • What is the term used for a king in Egypt? Exodus 1:8-11
  • Why did Moses kill an Egyptian? Exodus 2:11-15
  • Moses was afraid after he killed the Egyptian. He left his home and became a shepherd for the priest of Midian, who had seven daughters. What was the name of the daughter who married Moses? Exodus 2:21

Fugitive and Burning Bush
Read Exodus 3-5

Print/ Download Questions -- Fugitive and Burning Bush

  • Who kept the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, and led the flock to the mountain of God, Horeb? Exodus 3:1
  • Which biblical mountain is referred to as "the mountain of God?" Exodus 3:1
  • What man saw a burning bush and then heard God call him "out of the midst of the bush?" Exodus 3:1-4
  • Where was Moses when God said, "put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground?" Exodus 3:1, 2, 5
  • Who made the lives of the children of Israel "bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field?" Exodus 1:14; 3:7-10
  • What message did God give Moses at the burning bush? Exodus 3:1-20
  • What Bible character asked God this question: "Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" Exodus 3:11
  • Fill in the blank: "And God said unto _______, I AM THAT I AM ....." Exodus 3:14
  • Whom did God direct to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt? Exodus 3:10, 11
  • Who told Moses to cast his rod on the ground? What did the rod become? Exodus 4:1-5
  • God called to Moses out of the midst of a burning bush. When Moses cast down his rod, it became a serpent. Did God instruct Moses to pick the serpent up by the neck or the tail? Exodus 4:4
  • When Moses picked up the serpent, as God commanded, what did the serpent then become? Exodus 4:4
  • Moses' brother helped Moses lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. What was his name? Exodus 4:28-31; 7:1,2
  • The Hebrews made bricks for the king of Egypt. After Moses and Aaron told Pharaoh that the Lord God of Israel said, "Let my people go," Pharaoh gave the taskmasters an order that made the people's work more difficult. What was the command that made the work even harder? Exodus 5:6-7, 12-13
  • What did the Children of Israel think of Moses and Aaron?

Delivering Children of Israel from Egypt
Read Exodus 7-12

Print/ Download Questions -- Delivering Children of Israel from Egypt

  • How many of the ten plagues in Egypt can you name? Exodus 7:14 to12:13
  • Pharaoh and the Egyptians suffered a series of terrible plagues. These plagues included fish dying; too many frogs, lice, and flies; the death of all their cattle; hail storms; locusts; three days of darkness; and, finally, the death of all firstborn children. Why? Exodus 7 to 12
  • Which plagues were the magicians able to duplicate? Why?
  • Why did God keep hardening Pharaoh's heart? What was the purpose? Ex. 4:21; 7:3, 13, 14, 22, 23; 8:15, 32; 9:7, 12, 14
  • Is there anything symbolic about the plagues?
  • Does the world today face plagues similar to these?
  • What do they call themselves today? How do we deal with them?
  • Open your Bibles to Exodus 9:8 - chapter 13
  • How would you have handled the plagues?
  • What was the last and most awful plague, the one that finally persuaded Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go? Exodus 12:29-31
  • The children of Israel left Egypt about 1450 BCE. What do we call this event?
  • How is this event celebrated today? [You'll need to do some research.]
  • What did they have to do to avoid the plague of death? Exodus 12:22,23
  • Were the Children of Israel ready to leave Egypt? Why or why not?
  • Is it sometimes more comfortable to stay in a bad situation you know than to change to an unknown circumstance?
  • Led by Moses, the children of Israel were able to travel by day and by night. What did they follow by day "to lead them the way?" What gave them light at night? Exodus 13:21
  • What is significant about the "light?"
  • What does the annual festival called Passover commemorate? See Passover in a Bible Dictionary.
  • Is it still celebrated today?
  • Would you be willing to pick up and leave, not knowing where you were going?
  • What kind of trust in God does that require?

The Red Sea
Read Exodus 14-15

Print/ Download Questions -- The Red Sea

  • Describe what it must have been like to have the Red Sea in front of you and Pharaoh's soldiers coming up from behind.
  • What would you have said to Moses under the same circumstances?
  • Describe the song of the Children of Israel.
  • Do you sing when God has helped you?
  • They are singing in Ex. 15:22 and then what do they do in verse 24? Why?
  • How many wells do they encounter in Elim? What is symbolic about the number? [Ex. 15:27]

Food in the Wilderness
Read Exodus 16-19

Print/ Download Questions -- Food in the Wilderness

  • What do the Children of Israel complain about next? [Ex. 16: 2-3]
  • How does God answer their complaint? [Ex. 16:11-16]
  • What is manna? [Manna means "what is it?"]
  • What do we learn about this food plan from God?
  • When the Children of Israel arrived in Rephidim, what did they complain about this time? [Ex 17:2-3]
  • Is this a tour group you would want to join?
  • A big battle takes place between the Israelites and the Amalekites. How is the battle won? [Ex 17: 8-12] (This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It encourages us all to hold each other's hands up until we have the victory. It bears repeating. Ask the students to tell their parents about Aaron and Hur helping Moses hold up his hands.)
  • You might ask the students to hold their arms in the air for awhile to see how difficult it is. Then ask someone to help hold up someone else's hands.
  • What advice did Jethro give Moses? [Ex. 18: 15-27]
  • What does that tell us?
  • What was the smoke all about on Mt. Sinai? [Ex. 19]
  • What did your parents say when you told them the story of Aaron and Hur holding up Moses' hands?
  • What does it mean to hold up each other's hands?
  • Have you ever had to help someone in your family?

The Ten Commandments
Read Exodus 20

Print/ Download Questions -- The Ten Commandments

  • Who wrote the first two commandments as beatitudes? Let's look at them.
  • See if you can keep God as your number one priority for this next week.
  • What is the second commandment? [Ex. 20:4-6] What images do we have today that might be considered gods?
  • What images might come from heaven above? (Astrology?)
  • What are images in the earth? (TV images of the perfect body)
  • What are images under the water?
  • Why would God be jealous?
  • What are we asked to do in the 3rd commandment?
  • What does it mean to take the Lord's name in vain?
  • Why is cursing or swearing so prevalent?
  • Why do people use bad words?
  • How do you stop using language that doesn't glorify God or magnify good?
  • How would a penalty jar help you and family members to avoid inappropriate language?
  • What other measures might you recommend to stop from taking God's name in vain?
  • Examine Barry Huff's definition of the Sabbath.
  • What does the Sabbath mean to you?
  • How did we get so far away from Sunday being a day of worship?
  • In what ways do you keep the Sabbath?
  • Why is it important to rest? It is obviously a commandment from God, why is it so important? (WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?)
  • Why do so many people avoid obeying the fourth commandment?

The Calf of Gold
Read Exodus 24

Print/ Download Questions -- The Calf of Gold

  • While Moses was away, what did the people do? (Ex.32:1)
  • What did the Children of Israel ask Aaron to do? (make a graven image)
  • What did they make out of gold? (golden calf)
  • Why do you think the people did this?
  • Their excuse was that Moses hadn't come back, but they had just promised to obey the Ten Commandments. Was this a good excuse? (no)
  • Which commandments forbid the use of idols? (1 & 2)
  • What was Moses' reaction to the golden calf? (Ex. 32:19-29)
  • What do you think you would have done in Moses' place?
  • Why was it wrong to make the golden calf?

Construction of the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting
Read Exodus 40

Print/ Download Questions -- Construction of the Tabernacle or Tent of                                                             Meeting

  • See Interior of the Tabernacle
  • What is a Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting? (the first design of the Tabernacle was a portable worship center. The Tabernacle traveled with the Children of Israel from Mt. Sinai to Canaan where it was set up in Shiloh. It was moved to Nob after the Philistines threatened it in Shiloh. Solomon completed a stationary Temple and used the furnishings from the original Tabernacle. Richards Complete Bible Dictionary.)
  • What was so important about the Tabernacle? (the design of it was given by God to Moses)
  • What is the significance of the Tabernacle? (God is willing to meet with His children)
  • Why was there only one door? (Only one way to go to God)
  • What was the purpose of the altar of brass? (Sacrifice)
  • What are we asked to sacrifice today? (Human will)
  • What was the laver used for? (Cleaning)
  • What was in the Holy Place? (Seven-branched Candlestick; Table of Shewbread; and Altar of Incense)
  • How many loaves of bread were on the Shewbread table? (12)
  • This number represents? (Twelve tribes of Israel)
  • What covered the Holy of Holies? (veil)
  • Who could enter the Holy of Holies? (Only the high priest. They tied a rope on his leg. In case anything happened to him they could pull him out since no one else could go into the Holy of Holies.)
  • What was in the Holy of Holies? (The Ark of the Covenant)
  • What was in the Ark of the Covenant? (the Ten Commandments)
  • Why is this so important? (If you look at Jesus' life and the statements he made about himself, what others called him, and what he did, you can see the pattern of the Tabernacle in his life. When he refers to his body as the Temple [tabernacle] that he will raise up in three days, he is letting each of us know we are the temple of God. Look at his statements - or ask students to find these statements:
    • Entrance to the Tabernacle - Jesus said I am the door. John 10:9.
    • Altar - John called Jesus the Lamb of God. John 1:29 The lamb was used for sacrifice.
    • Laver- purification - Jesus washed his disciples feet - he purified their footsteps
    • Golden Candlesticks - Jesus said I am the light of the world. John 8:12
    • The shewbread - Jesus said I am the bread of life. John 6:35
    • Incense - gratitude and prayer - Jesus began many of his healings in prayer or thanksgiving.
    • The Veil kept everyone but the high Priest out of the presence of God. Jesus' death on the cross ripped the veil in the temple showing that man has free access to God.
    • The Ark of the Covenant contained the Ten Commandments - the laws that Jesus lived and taught. He also summed up the Ten commandments in two -
  • Matt 22:37-39 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  • Jesus took those commandments from
    • Deut 6:4,5 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
    • Lev 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

The Fiery Serpent
Numbers 21:1-9

Print/ Download Questions -- The Fiery Serpent

  • Tell the story about the fiery serpent.
  • What did the Children of Israel do? (complain)
  • What did they complain about?
  • What happened?
  • Doesn't complaint sound like the hissing of a snake?
  • What did God ask Moses to do for the people?
  • What did the serpent on the pole do?
  • What is your favorite commandment?
  • Did the Children of Israel break any commandments when they complained to God?
  • Which commandments did they break?
  • How do we keep from breaking commandments?

Spying out the Promised Land
Read Numbers 13-14

Print/ Download Questions -- Spying out the Promised Land

  • How many spies were sent to spy out the land? (12)
  • Where did they come from? (There was one from each of the twelve tribes.)
  • What is another name for Oshea? (Joshua)
  • What kind of food did they find? (grapes, milk, and honey)
  • What did the spies discover? (men as giants that made them look like grasshoppers)
  • How many days were they gathering information? (40 days)
  • What did Caleb and Joshua report? (Num. 14:6-9)
  • What did the people want to do to Caleb and Joshua? (Stone them)
  • How did God respond to this report? (Num. 14:11-12)
  • What was their penalty for not going into the promised land? (Num. 14:34,35)
  • Why do Caleb and Joshua get to go into the promised land? (They trusted God. Those who didn't trust God never were allowed into the promised land.)
  • What was the penalty for those who didn't trust God? (They had to wander 40 years in the wilderness and they never saw the promised land.)
  • Who do you trust?
  • What does God require of each of us?
  • What happened to Moses? (Deut.34:5)
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