The stage is set for a great contest between the God of Israel and the many gods of Egypt. Almost all cultures at that time worshipped many gods, and each deity was limited to control of a particular land, city, or natural phenomenon–not one of them was in control of everything. But the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was about to draw a line in the sand, so to speak, and challenge the “gods” of Egypt to come out and fight.
Pharaoh thinks he is in control–he owns Egypt, doesn’t he? He’s put his mark on the people of Israel, and they belong to him. But God will override Pharaoh’s claim with an indelible mark of His own, ensuring that these people will never be erased from His mind, or from history.
An 80-year-old shepherd is on his way to Egypt with a thundering message . . . .
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(This is a continuation of a series of posts about the “whole story” of the Bible. I plan to run one every week, on Tuesdays, with a printable PDF. The printable includes a brief 2-3 paragraph introduction, Bible passages to read, a key verse, 5-7 thought/discussion questions, and 2-3 activities for the kids. Here’s the Overview of the entire Bible series.)
Next: Week 11: The People – Sinai