Use the Triple Play as you read with your family, your small group, or even in your personal devotion times!
Highs and Lows: Start by sharing at least one high and one low from the day. Don’t skip this step!
Daily Dig: As you read the text of the week, customize your experience with resources found here to help you grow!
Pray: Take time to pray about the highs and lows and what you’ve read. Give thanks for the highs, ask for help in the lows, and pray for God’s Word to be alive in you each week!
Daily Dig Resources
Everyone learns differently, so we have lots of ways that you can make your time in the Word your own.
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Ideas for activities and things to do to apply the text.
Some of our past Bible stories have showed the power of our one true God and this week is yet another example of God’s power and promise to take good care of His people (even if it’s a bit rough and scary at times).
God promised deliverance and we know God always keeps His promises!! God told Moses, “Because of my mighty hand, he (Pharaoh) will let them go…” (Exodus 6:1). We can always trust God to come through on His promises in His own timing.
For this week’s activity, we have cute plague puppets. Is it possible to have cute “plague” puppets? Mrs. Wieneke thinks so. ☺
Your job this week is:
- Color your puppets. Cut them out and glue them on the popsicle sticks provided.
- Act out the story with your puppets. You can find this week’s story on pages 104-106 in “The Story Bible.”
- We have a REALLY SPECIAL TREAT this week in our video section. Make sure you tune into “Pharaoh” (Mr. Oldenburg) singing a very special version of the “10 plagues” to a tune I think you’ll all recognize. Have your puppets out as you follow along. Thanks, Craig, for blessing us with your very creative talents.
We see a lot of bad come to Egypt when Pharaoh’s heart is hardened. A hardened heart is a condition of sin where we refuse change or to acknowledge wrongdoing and keep everyone (including God) at a distance from that part of our lives. We’ve all been guilty of it, and we want to diagnose the problem in each of us as soon as possible!
- Where have you hardened your heart?
- “I’m going to let you into all these places God, but not here.”
- What actions do we take when we harden our hearts?
- Can you recognize when your heart is hardened?
- The cure for the plagues was to allow the worship of God to happen; what do we need to do in our lives to cure our hardened heart?
- What has God thrown your way, and you’ve still hardened your heart to what He’s trying to teach you?
Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.
Pestilence, Petulance, Plagues, Pleading, and Prayer
By Jacque Viol
Reading Exodus 5-10 brought home how often our convictions are contrary to what God wishes for us! How often we “harden our hearts” and don’t listen to close direction from our Heavenly Father — and attempt to “pass the buck” and blame someone else for things that ultimately we have a responsibility for.
The Israelites were not happy in slavery, expecting Moses and Aaron to have a miraculous solution to their problems. Moses and Aaron followed God’s direction and went to talk to Pharaoh about letting the Israelites go out to worship God in the wilderness with the unfortunate consequences that jobs got harder, and the Israelites responded to Moses and Aaron saying, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us” (Exodus 5:21). Funny how “perfectly content” the Israelites claimed to be under Pharaoh when they talk to Pharaoh! How often I complain to others about things in my life, yet find the solution more abhorrent than the initial problem (and then I pout).
Pharaoh liked the free labor, but wasn’t really happy about “how many” of the Israelites there were. Those plagues weren’t really all that “impressive,” why, Pharaoh’s magicians were able to duplicate them with no effort (well, three of them anyway). Pleading with Moses to pray to God would remove those plagues from the people of Egypt and keep the Israelites working.
Moses acts as an intercessor with God for Pharaoh, but only reluctantly. He complains that Pharaoh won’t listen to him any more than the Israelites have! How often I pray, expecting the answer I want, rather than the answer God gives.
Many years back I read about something called a “God’s Business File” where you put your concerns and prayers on paper, drop them into the “file” and give them over to God. I had so many concerns and prayers that I quickly outgrew a file and moved to a box! Over the years that I actively used the “file” I put prayers and concerns in and pleaded with God to “solve” them, as did Pharaoh and the Israelites. In my case, after my husband died, I looked back in that box, and found that God answered all my prayers; not always in the way I would’ve wanted, but in the right way.
Funny how times of plagues and pestilence cause us to plead with God. Praise Him that He’s given us an Intercessor who translates our anguished moans to God for us, and that our Savior comforts us.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
Moses and Aaron may have been flawed intercessors, but thankfully we have Christ and the Holy Spirit as our Intercessors, to translate our prayers to God and bring His answers to us. Petulant as I can be, God’s Grace is there for me, and you too!