It is important for students to learn the connections between one story and another. Remind the children that Moses was raised in Pharaoh's palace by Pharaoh's daughter (the princess). The story (in Exodus 2) fast-forwards to when Moses was a grown man. (Exodus 2:11 says "Moses grew up.")
Moses witnessed an Egyptian man beating a Hebrew man. Moses was aware that he was a Hebrew, and was enraged to see one of his own being beaten by an Egyptian. So Moses murdered the Egyptian man and buried the body in the sand. Moses thought no one knew about his murder, but the very next day another Hebrew man accused Moses of the murder. Pharaoh found out and tried to kill Moses, but Moses escaped and fled to Midian, where he settled down and lived for a long while as a shepherd.
Moses was out tending his sheep when he saw a strange sight. He noticed a bush that was on fire, but wasn't burning up. Moses went to inspect this strange thing, and God spoke to him from within the bush: "Moses! Moses!" the voice said. God revealed himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses became embarrassed and turned his head away. No doubt, this caused him to remember his crime from so many years before.
God told Moses that he was concerned about the Hebrews suffering at the hands of the Egyptians, and that he wanted to bring them out of Egypt and save them from their suffering. Moses didn't think he was up to the task. "Who am I that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" (Exodus 3:11) Moses asked God how he should answer if they ask him who sent him. God answered, "I am who I am" (Exodus 3:14).
Then God reassured Moses again that he would succeed, and that God would strike the Egyptians with many miracles until they let them go. God gave Moses a miraculous sign to perform for the Israelite leaders to convince them that he was sent from God. He told Moses to thrown down his shepherd's staff on the ground, and it turned into a snake! Moses got scared and ran away from it (wouldn't you?!). God told Moses to pick up the snake, and he obeyed, and the snake turned back into the staff. Then God told Moses to put his hand inside his robe, and take it out. When he did, it was white as snow, covered with a skin disease. God told Moses to do it again, and when he brought his hand out this time, it was cured.
Moses said, "what if they don't believe me after both of those miracles?" God told him that if that happens, take water from the Nile river and pour it on the ground, and it will turn into blood. Moses was still trying to find excuses not to do what God asked him to do. This time, he said, "I am a poor speaker". God answered him and told him "Who makes a man able to talk? Who makes him unable to hear or speak? Who makes him able to see? Who makes him blind? It is I, the Lord. Now go. I will help you speak. I will teach you what to say."
Moses ran out of excuses, so he just leveled with God: "Lord, please send someone else to do it." After all the miracles he just performed for Moses, God's became very angry at Moses. But still in mercy, he offered to let his brother Aaron speak on Moses' behalf.
So Moses agreed, returned to Egypt, and gathered the Israelite leaders for Aaron to explain to them everything that had happened and what was coming next.
Do you like talking in front of other people? Or how about snakes?
Today we are going to learn more about Moses. Moses didn't like talking in front of other people either - or snakes! But God asked Moses to do a really big job that involved both!
Tell the story around a fire.
Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.
For older children, read the story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or tell the story yourself.
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud Exodus 3:1-10
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?