Joshua and Caleb

Key Passage: Exodus 20:1-17 “Then God spoke all these words:
1. Do not have other gods besides Me.
2. Do not make an idol for yourself.
3. Do not misuse the name of the Lord or God.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. Do not covet.”

Big Picture Question: What happens when God’s people disobey Him? Sometimes bad things happen when people sin, but God will forgive.

Christ Connection: Even though Joshua was not perfect, he lived a life of obedience to God. Joshua was faithful and was going to lead the people into the promised land. His accomplishments point to Christ’s finished work on the cross—defeating Satan, setting people free from sin, and making the way into the promised land of eternity.

Dear Parents,

The Gospel Project for Kids took on a spy mission this week. Spies were sent into the land of promise. They had finally arrived! The problem was most of the people who went in to spy were having problems believing that they could conquer the people who lived there. Bigger problem … God had told them they could take it, so why worry? Two of those spies, Joshua and Caleb, knew that God was true and that He would lead them to victory. The problem became helping the others see that God was true to His word.

The crowd, unfortunately, followed the dissenters who said the people of the land were too large and that Israel could not take the promised land. The people sinned. How does God respond when His people sin? Sin has a price, but God is always willing to forgive when people seek forgiveness.

Joshua and Caleb were not perfect, but they lived a life of obedience to God. Joshua would one day lead the people of Israel into the promised land. His accomplishments point to Christ’s finished work on the cross—defeating Satan, setting people free from sin, and making a way into the promised land of eternity.

Family Activity: Hide some objects for a scavenger hunt. Connect the game to Moses’ instruction to the 12 spies to look through the promised land and report about the people, farmland, fruit, and fortifications. Consider hiding things that relate to the Bible story, such as a doll, toy food, grapes, and something representing protection.

God Gave Rules for Sacrifice

Key Passage: Exodus 20:1-17 “Then God spoke all these words: 1. Do not have other gods besides Me.
2. Do not make an idol for yourself.
3. Do not misuse the name of the Lord or God.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. Do not covet.”

Big Picture Question: Why did God give rules for sacrifice? God gave rules to show how to worship Him and be forgiven for sin.

Christ Connection: The Book of Leviticus contains many rules for the Israelites, but we do not obey all the rules in Leviticus today because we trust Jesus, who obeyed the law perfectly for us. The Israelites had to make a blood sacrifice for their sin every year. Jesus sacrificed His blood on the cross to pay for our sin once and for all. (Hebrews 7:26-27) When we trust in Christ, God forgives us of our sin.

Dear Parents,
This session was a new one for most boys and girls. Recall the last time you sat and read the Book of Leviticus. What does it mean? Why did God give all these rules? God gave rules for sacrifice to show people how to worship Him and how to be forgiven of the sin they had committed. Why did God require a sacrifice of blood? Simply, God is holy and because of that His forgiveness requires a sacrifice. The Book of Romans teaches us that the penalty for sin is death. The sacrifice offered stood instead for the one who had sinned.

The ultimate example of a substitution for sin is of course, Jesus Christ. Christ died on the cross for the sins of all. Christ died so that sinners wouldn’t have to die for their sin. The rules of Leviticus were given to help people know they could not live in right relationship with God apart from sacrifice. We today are free from following the rules of sacrifice because we trust in Jesus who perfectly obeyed the law. Our faith in Christ is what cleanses us from the sin in our lives.

Family Activity: God gave routines for life and worship to teach people that He is holy and to help them recognize His Son (Christ) when He came. Leviticus teaches eternal truths using hands-on experiences. Parents teach their children skills for life beginning with simple experiences. Help your child practice steering a riding toy or bicycle, pedaling or walking it forward and backward.

The Tabernacle Was Built

Key Passage: Exodus 20:1-17 “Then God spoke all these words: 1. Do not have other gods besides Me.
2. Do not make an idol for yourself.
3. Do not misuse the name of the Lord or God.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. Do not covet.”

Big Picture Question: Why did God’s people need a tabernacle? God’s people needed a place to meet with God and worship Him.

Christ Connection: God instructed the Israelites to build a tabernacle so that He could dwell with them. God desires to be with His people. As part of His plan of salvation, God sent Jesus to “tabernacle,” or dwell, with people on earth.

Dear Parents,

Talk about your church with your kids. What makes your church unique? Do you meet in a traditional church building structure, or do you meet in a more temporary place? The tabernacle was built as a temporary structure used to worship God and to house His presence. God’s presence would lead the nation of Israel, and they would follow. Whenever His presence would stop, the tabernacle would be set up for worship.

The tabernacle in the Old Testament was the physical place where God’s Spirit dwelled as the Israelites journeyed to the land God had promised Abraham. The tabernacle gives us a clear picture of God’s desire to dwell with His people and to be worshiped by them. The word tabernacle means “to dwell.” To show in the New Testament God’s desire for dwelling with His people has not ended, He sent Jesus to tabernacle (dwell) with people on earth.

Family Activity: Take a picture of the place inside or outside your home where each family member feels closest to God. What is special or beautiful about that place?

God Gave the Ten Commandments

Key Passage: Exodus 20:1-17 “Then God spoke all these words: 1. Do not have other gods besides Me.
2. Do not make an idol for yourself.
3. Do not misuse the name of the Lord or God.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not give false testimony against your neighbor. 10. Do not covet.”

Big Picture Question: Why did God give His people the Ten Commandments? God gave rules to show how to love Him and others.

Christ Connection: God made a covenant with His people: If you obey Me, you will be My people (Exodus 19:5-6) But the people did not obey God. They sinned against God, and Moses asked God to forgive them. Moses acted as their mediator, or advocate, before God. When we sin, Jesus is our Mediator. Through Jesus, we are forgiven of our sins. God is pleased with us because He looks at Jesus, who never sinned.

Dear Parents,
Count to 10 with your kids. Ask them to name one rule that you follow in your house. Ask and see if they know why they have that rule. Help your kids see the importance of rules for keeping order. Ask what they remember about the story they heard in The Gospel Project for Kids about God giving the commandments.

God had redeemed His people from slavery in Egypt. People who have been redeemed demonstrate their love for the Redeemer thorough obedience. By giving the Ten Commandments, God showed His standard for holiness. But the people could not obey the commandments perfectly; God used the law to show that people needed a Savior. God provided that Savior ultimately through the person of Jesus Christ.

Family Activity: Create fun but manageable rules for your family to follow this week. At the end of the week, ask if it was easy to follow the rules. Talk about rules and the consequences for breaking them. Admit that adults have trouble following rules too. Thank god for His plan to send Jesus.

The Israelites Crossed the Red Sea

Key Passage: Exodus 6:7 “You will know that I am Yahweh your God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians.”

Big Picture Question: Is anything too hard for God to do? Nothing is impossible for God.

Christ Connection: God created a way for the Israelites to escape the Egyptians. In the same way, God created the way for people to escape the penalty of sin—His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to get to God.

Dear Parents,

After being slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years, the Israelite people were finally free. It sure didn’t take them long after they left Egypt to start complaining about their circumstances! Think of a time you have faced difficult circumstances and you didn’t respond the way you should have. What could you have done differently?

Trapped between a great expanse of water and an approaching army, Moses again—by God’s help—led the Israelite people to victory. God used Moses to part the waters, allowing His people to walk through on dry ground. Imagine the scene. Pretend with your kids that you are standing on the banks of the sea when it begins to split apart. Talk about what you would be feeling. How would the air smell? How would the ground feel?

God created a way for the Israelite people to escape the harsh treatment of the Egyptian taskmasters. Just as God provided a way of salvation for His people from Egypt, He does the same for His people today. God provided physical salvation for the Israelites, but today, He offers spiritual salvation through the person of Jesus Christ.

Family Activity: Talk about a time your family had to trust God to take care of you. Choose a family in your community to invite to dinner. Pray for God to use your family to share the gospel.

The Passover

Key Passage: Exodus 6:7 “You will know that I am Yahweh your God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians.”

Big Picture Question: Why is the Passover important? God saved His people at the first Passover.

Christ Connection: By His grace, God spared the Israelites from judgment by requiring the blood of a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who trust in Christ are under His saving blood and will be passed over in the final judgment.

Dear Parents,

This session of The Gospel Project for Kids dealt with the final plague God brought upon the Egyptians. This story has a clear message regarding the importance of Christ and His presence with people. Talk with your kids about the events of the Passover. Ask them to think about how they might have felt if they were living in Egypt during that time. Moses led the people to honor God, and by so doing, the people of Israel were saved from the hand of the Egyptians.

This week your kids learned that God rescued His people from the hands of the Egyptians by the shedding of blood. The sacrifice of a lamb for the blood to go over the doorpost was the only thing that kept the family inside safe from the wrath of God. God provided a much more important lamb for us, Himself—the Lamb of God. Through the shedding of Jesus’ blood, we no longer have to face the punishment of eternal separation from God because of our sin. Jesus died so we wouldn’t have to.

Family Activity: Consider hosting a family Lord’s Supper. Talk about how the unleavened bread and juice were part of the Passover meal and what they mean as a part of the Lord’s Supper.

Moses Confronted Pharaoh

Key Passage: Exodus 6:7 “You will know that I am Yahweh your God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians.”

Big Picture Question: What did God show the Egyptians and the Israelites? God showed that He is the one true God.

Christ Connection: God called Moses to be His servant. He was a great servant who obeyed God and led the Israelites out of slavery. The Bible says that Jesus is greater than Moses. (Hebrews 3:3) Jesus was a servant who obeyed God perfectly and suffered to free His people from sin.

Dear Parents,

The Gospel Project for Kids journeyed back to Egypt today. This thrilling story led Moses back to Egypt to confront Pharaoh, who was unwilling to bow to the request that Moses made on behalf of God. Do you think it is likely that Moses knew the Pharaoh who was ruling since he grew up in the household some 40 years earlier? How would that change this story? Can you help your kids see how God is using the little baby from last week’s story in a new way?

Moses confronted Pharaoh but met strong, hard-headed opposition. God, however, had prepared Moses for this encounter with Pharaoh, and Moses knew the outcome. Moses continued to move forward despite the opposition. Share with your kids a time where you faced opposition in your life but you remained faithful to God. Did it work out for His glory?

This week, help your child identify times it may be difficult to be completely obedient to God. Through Moses’ obedience, God saved the Israelites from slavery. Read Hebrews 3:3. Jesus is greater than Moses, and Jesus’ perfect submission to God’s will provided the salvation that we needed.

Family Activity: When God sent the plagues on the Egyptians, He showed the Egyptians and the Israelites that He is the one true God. As a family, remember times when God showed you that He is real and powerful—the one true God! Share how God provided during those times.

Moses Was Born and Called

Key Passage: Exodus 6:7 “You will know that I am Yahweh your God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians.”

Big Picture Question: Why did God save Moses? God saved Moses to rescue His people.

Christ Connection: God saved Moses for a special purpose: to rescue His people. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue—the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people from their sin. Moses and Jesus both obeyed God’s commands in order to carry out His plan of salvation. Moses delivered God’s people from physical captivity; Jesus delivered God’s people from captivity to sin.

Dear Parents,

Today’s session of The Gospel Project for Kids was about Moses’ birth and calling. The story of Moses’ birth is one of the most spectacular stories in the Bible. Not only did God save Moses from the evil intentions of Pharaoh, He actually used the evil pharaoh to raise the child that would provide salvation for His people.

Moses’ early life was tumultuous at best. Little is known of his upbringing beyond what is recorded in the early verses of Exodus 1. We do know that Moses grew up in the Pharaoh’s household and most likely learned much about Egyptian life. Moses had to move away after killing an Egyptian, but years later he had an encounter with God that changed his life forever.

God saved Moses for a special purpose. Through Moses, God rescued His people. God called Moses out for service. He called His Son, Jesus, for a greater service: to provide salvation for all people.

Family Activity: Prepare a meal or donate clothes to a family celebrating a new baby or adoption. Look at pictures from when your kids first came home. Read Psalm 139:13-16. Talk about God’s good plan for your kids.

Joseph’s Dreams Came True

Key Passage: Genesis 28:15 “Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”

Big Picture Question: Why did God send Joseph to Egypt? God sent Joseph to Egypt to save his family.

Christ Connection: Joseph recognized that though his brothers intended evil, God planned his circumstances for good—to establish a remnant of God’s people (Genesis 45:7). Likewise, though those who crucified Jesus intended it for evil, God’s plan for the sacrifice of His Son was for the good of all people. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, God again saved a remnant of people.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

This week The Gospel Project for Kids continued the two-part story looking at a Joseph, a son of David. Joseph had come to a position of power in Egypt, and there was a famine throughout the world. Joseph had plenty of food, and people came to him for it. When Joseph’s brothers arrived for food, Joseph recognized them and tested them to see if their hearts had changed.

Joseph determined that God had used the evil intent of his brothers to bring about His glory and Joseph’s good. Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and Jacob and his family moved from Israel to Egypt.

Joseph recognized that though his brothers intended evil, God planned his circumstances for good to establish a remnant of God’s people (Genesis 45:7). Likewise, although those who crucified Jesus intended evil, God’s plan for the sacrifice of His Son was for the good of all people. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, God again saved a remnant of people.

Family Activity: Talk about what it must have been like for Jacob’s family to have no food. Gather food to donate to a food pantry, or volunteer at a soup kitchen as a family.

Joseph Sent to Egypt

Key Passage: Genesis 28:15 “Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”

Big Picture Question: Who is always with us? God is always with us.

Christ Connection: God sent Joseph to Egypt and blessed him, so that he rose to a position of great power. In that position, he was God’s instrument for saving his family and many others in the world from death by starvation. Jesus gave up his position of great power to be God’s instrument for saving people. Christ’s life and death made a way to save people from spiritual death, which is the penalty of sin.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

What a blessing to have another week of The Gospel Project for Kids! This week we started a two-part story looking at Joseph, a son of Jacob. Joseph’s father favored him above all of his other sons. Their relationship bred contempt and jealousy among his siblings. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit.

Before long, Joseph’s brothers had a plan. They pulled Joseph out of the pit to sell him into slavery. Joseph traveled to Egypt and became a servant in the home of a prominent Egyptian named Potiphar. Accused of a crime he did not commit, Joseph spent the next several years in prison. God was watching out for him though; Joseph excelled and was released from prison after God gave him the ability to interpret one of Pharaoh’s dreams.

Because of the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph rose to be the second highest ruler in the country. He built silos to house grain and administered the distribution of food during a time of famine.

God was with Joseph, and He blessed him. Joseph rose to his position as God’s instrument to protect his family and many others from starvation. Jesus gave up His position of great power in order to bring salvation to people. Christ’s life, death, and resurrection made a way to provide salvation from spiritual death, the penalty for sin.

Family Activity: Think of a family going through a tough time. Spend time praying for them as a family. Serve a family by running their errands, dropping off a meal, or helping out in their yard.