Week 5: Exodus 5:1-2; 7:8-23
PHARAOH HARDENS HIS HEART TO MOSES’ REQUESTS
Place your hands on your heart. Can you feel it beating? Now, hold
your hands together so that they form the shape of a heart. Show how to hold each
hand in the shape of a ‘c’ then bring them together so your fingers and thumbs touch.
Sometimes when we talk about love, we point to our heart, because that’s where we
can feel love in our bodies.
Long, long ago, the ancient Israelites lived in Egypt where they were forced to work
in harsh and unfair conditions. The Egyptians were very mean to the Israelites
and the Egyptian king, named Pharaoh, tried to keep the Israelites as slaves. But
God had a different plan and told Moses to go to Pharaoh and say, “Let my people
go.” And so Moses went to Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go.” This happened
ten times because Pharaoh kept saying no, until finally, Pharaoh relented and
the Israelites were set free. The bible tells us that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened
toward the Israelites, meaning his heart was full of meanness instead of kindness.
Sometimes we can be like Pharaoh and our hearts are also hardened, which can
cause us to be mean to others. But God is always in the process of softening our
hearts so that we can show kindness and love to others.