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Did God choose the nation Israel because they were a large and
mighty nation (Deut. 7:7)? ___________
Why did God choose Israel to be His special nation and to be a
people for His very own? (see Deut. 7:8 and circle the correct
a. Because God hated the other nations.
b. Because God knew that the children of Israel were
righteous people and the people from other nations were
c. Because God loved Israel and wanted to keep His
promises to them.
d. Because God liked the children of Israel better than He
liked the Egyptians.
The Egyptians Try To Destroy Israel
Do you have any Jewish friends? These are the people who
have descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We call them
Jews. The Bible usually calls them the children of Jacob or the
children of Israel.
[Note: A person can also become a Jew by
embracing the Jewish faith. Such a person is called a
proselyte, or a convert to Judaism.]
Long ago, God made a promise to Abraham. God told Abraham
that he would have many, many descendants, just as there are
many, many stars and just as there are many, many grains of
sand at the sea shore (see Genesis 22:17).
Can you count the number of stars that can be seen on a clear,
starry night? _____
Can you count the number of grains of sand there are at the
God was telling Abraham that he would have so many children
(descendants) that people would not even be able to count them.
God kept His promise, because today there are MILLIONS of
Jews in the world.
When the children of Israel went into the land of Egypt, there
were only 70 of them (Exodus 1:5). Did they INCREASE in
number (have more and more people) or did they DECREASE
in number (have less and less people)? To find the answer read
Exodus 1:7, 9)? ________________ God blessed this nation
and they multiplied greatly. The nation of Israel came to Egypt
with only 70 people, but they grew and grew and grew!
The Egyptians were beginning to get worried (see Exodus 1:9)!
They tried to think of ways to keep the children of Israel from
becoming a great nation:
Plan Number 1:
Make them do hard wor k as slaves
(Exodus 1:10-11). But when the Egyptians made them work
harder, what happened to the children of Israel (Exodus 1:12)?
_______________________________ Did this Egyptian plan
Plan Number 2:
Destr oy ever y male baby (Exodus 1:15-16).
The midwives were ladies who helped deliver babies. The king
of Egypt told the Jewish midwives to kill every male Jew that
was born. Did these ladies obey the king (Exodus 1:17-18)?
_____ Did this Egyptian plan work? _____
Plan Number 3:
Thr ow ever y male baby into the Nile River
(Exodus 1:22). Moses was one of the babies who was born at
that time. Pharaoh the king had said that every male baby
should be thrown into the river to die. Did the parents of Moses
let this happen to their son (Exodus 2:1-10 and Hebrews
Moses grew up and became the great leader of the Jewish
people! The Egyptians tried again and again to destroy the
Jewish people, but did God let their plans succeed? _____
Plan Number 4
: Destr oy them at the Red Sea (Exodus
14:10-12). Many years later it was time for the children of
Israel to leave the land of Egypt. Moses was now a grown up
man (about 80 years old). He was leading the children of
Israel out of the land of Egypt, but suddenly it looked as if the
Jews would be destroyed. The Red Sea was in front of them
and the Egyptian army was chasing after them from behind
Did the children of Israel think that they would be destroyed
(Exodus 14:11-12)? _____ What did God do (Exodus 14:21)?
____________ _________________ Who was really
destroyed: the Jews or the Egyptians (Exodus 14:30)?
Can a Nation Live 40 Years in a Barren Desert?
There were about two million Jews who crossed the Red Sea
and entered the wilderness that was on the other side. They
would stay in this desert for about 40 years. How can this many
people survive in a desert wilderness for so long?
Were there times when the children of Israel thought that they
would die in this wilderness (Exodus 16:3; 17:3)? _______
Did God take care of them in this desert all these 40 years
and provide them with food and water and
everything they needed (Deut. 1:31; 2:7)?
Their clothes and their shoes did not even
wear out or get old (Deuteronomy 29:5)!
True/False Peace, continued