Week 15: Exodus 14-15

Crossing the Red Sea

Triple Play

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.

Digital Resources

These videos and resources will help you dig in and understand the passage.

 

Other Helpful Resources

Do Something

Ideas for activities and things to do to apply the text.

 

Journaling and Discussion Guides

Kiddo Activity

“God Will Make a Way” craft

If you haven’t watched the Kid Video this week, make sure you tune in. It’s not every day we get Moses himself telling us about this epic Bible story!

If you ever wonder about the power of God, I can only imagine what it must have been like to see the massive Red Sea obeying the command of the Lord and a wall of water forming on either side of the Israelites. Not only was a path formed for them to walk on dry ground, safely arriving on the other side, yet God continued to protect and watch over them as they watched the waters wipe out the army of Pharaoh.

As you make your craft this week, I hope you remember God delivers you today too…through His Son, Jesus, who is our only way… The Way, The Truth, The Life. As Moses said in the video, the path in our lives might not always be easy, but we can trust and remember that God makes a way for all of His people. 

Instructions for the craft:

  1. Cut out the dark blue waves and glue on the sides of the light blue paper.
  2. Take your path and write (or have a parent help you write), “God makes a way for all of his people.” Exodus 14 – 15
  3. Glue your path in the center of the paper. 

Youth Activity

  • What do you think that phrase “Red Sea road” means?
  • In Exodus 14, Moses parts the Red Sea under God’s command so that the Israelites can cross it and be safe from the Egyptians who were chasing them. Has there ever been a time you felt like God was leading you to safety from something? What was it?
  • What is the “Red Sea road” you see in your life right now? How can you apply what the song is saying, trusting and believing that God is faithful, to help you navigate it?

Devotions

Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.

 

Jehovah Rapha – The God Who Heals

By Tim Castiglia

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of Wood. He threw it into the water and the water became sweet.

There the Lord made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them. He said “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees. I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you.” – Exodus 15:25-26

Have you ever done something…questionable, just because you were angry? I know I have. The Pharaoh of Egypt absolutely did! We all know the story. Moses asks Pharaoh to let his people go, and Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, and 10 times God sends a plague to punish Egypt. Each time, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened.

Finally God sends the plague of death. The Israelites cover their doors with blood and all the first born of those whose doors are not covered with blood die. Including Pharoah’s first born! He finally tells Moses to take his people and go. He’s had enough!

So Moses readies the Israelites; they gather all their belongings dressed for battle and leave Egypt. The Bible tells us they left “boldly.” Pharoah realizes what he’s done; he doesn’t have any more slaves to make bricks! Pharaoh sends 600 chariots plus to pursue the Israelites. He is angry! You see, after witnessing the incredible power that the God of Israel had displayed through the plagues, he should know by now what God is most capable of in His most mighty and holy power! But his heart is so hardened that through his pride and anger, he decides he has to have the Israelites back.

So we have to ask the question: Why did he do it?

Pride.

Many of us are guilty of doing the very same thing that Pharaoh did. God lays it on our heart to do something and, like petulant children, we decide to do exactly the opposite. We are guilty of the sin of pride. We know we should obey God but we just…well…sadly, we know better.

I lived in rebellion to God for many years, but He kept pursuing me. He desperately wanted to heal my wounds. Because of His love, I came back into His fold. I try to live everyday for Him. It is not easy, but it sure is rewarding. It’s wonderful to know how much He loves me and wants the best for me. He has never let me go. What a mighty God we serve! As the Bible says, He is able to do more than we can ever ask or imagine.

In 2011, after a catastrophic heart attack, He gave me a miracle: He healed me! He gave me another chance and started me on a new chapter of my life. My body is not the same as before; there are struggles every day. But He gave me my life. Before, I tried to do everything by myself, but He showed me I have no control. He has it all. A certain Pharaoh thought he had control too. Well, I think we all know that wasn’t true.

In Hebrew, one of the names of God is “Jehovah Rapha,” the God who heals us. He started me on a new life with new relationships to many people here at St Matthew that I have come to know and love. He has also given me a new relationship with Him. I love Him more each day. Jehovah Rapha healed me. He made a huge impact on my life, and I truly believe if you listen carefully, He can heal your life too.

Lord God of Heaven and earth,

We rejoice in Your salvation! We love You, Lord. In Your unfailing love and infinite mercy, we pray that You would heal us of our wounds, both personal and corporate. That You would bring us to a greater understanding of Your love for us. We thank You, Lord, that You know each and every one of us by name. You know the hairs on our heads. We praise You Lord as Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals us!

In Jesus’ name we ask it all,

Amen

Share thoughts and insights from your time in the Word this week!

Share This