Exodus 1:22, 2:1-10: “Moses’ Mother Gives Up Moses So He Can Live”
Prompt ideas: Do you have siblings? Do you have parents? Do you have cousins? Do you have grandparents? Every single family is different. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and no two families look alike. Some families have two parents and some have one. Some families have step parents, and some families have half-siblings, and some families have great-grandmothers. It doesn’t matter what your family looks like; it only matters that your family loves each other.
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, and he did not want any of them to have babies. But there was an Israelite woman who had a baby named Moses. She was afraid that Pharaoh would hurt Moses, so she went with her daughter Miriam and placed him in a basket in a river close to where Pharaoh’s daughter went into the river to bathe. Miriam watched Moses in the basket carefully to make sure that he stayed safe. Then Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby in the basket, and she had compassion for him. ‘Compassion’ is a big word that means she showed baby Moses gentleness and love. Pharaoh’s daughter decided to adopt Moses and to raise him as her son. This was good news to Moses’ mother and sister because it meant that Moses would be safe. Sometimes God helps us to be family to each other so that we can all be loved and cared for. The church is also your family. That’s why sometimes we call each other brothers, sisters, and siblings in Christ. Even though we are not biologically related, God brings us together to love and belong to each other.