God’s Death Angel Forces a Bad King
Dear Lord, help the children trust you to free people from the slavery of sin, death and evil spirits.
Choose those activities that fit the children’s culture and ages.
an older child or adult very briefly summarize Israel’s escape from
slavery in Egypt,
· God sent plagues on Egypt to force the King, Pharaoh, to free the Hebrew slaves.
1st plague: God turned the waters of the Nile River and other streams to blood.
2nd plague: Frogs overran the land.
3nd plague: Gnats, everywhere.
4th plague: Flies swarming all over.
5th plague: Deadly cattle disease.
6th plague: Painful sores on the Egyptians.
7th plague: Huge hailstones fall from the sky.
8th plague: Grasshoppers eat up the crops.
9th plague: Darkness covers the land.
10th plague: Death of the eldest son in every home in Egypt, unless God’s death Angel saw the blood of the Passover Lamb daubed on a house’s door posts.
Pharaoh relents and lets the
Israelites leave Egypt, but then changes his mind and has his army
pursue them. God frees them by leading them through the Red Sea.
2. Dramatize parts of Israel’s escape from slavery:
· Arrange with the worship leader for the children to present this drama, or parts of it.
· Rehearse the drama during your teaching time with the children.
· Let older children help the younger ones to prepare.
· You do not have to use all the parts.
· Older children or adults play the parts of Pharaoh, Fearful child, Narrator and Moses.
Smaller children are Actors
who play different parts.
Briefly summarize the first
part of the story:
Moses: “The Most High Lord God of Israel commands you, ‘Let my people go.”
Pharaoh: “Who is your God, that I should obey Him? Egypt’s gods are more powerful!”
Moses: “ Our God will send plagues to prove that He has more power than your idols.”
Narrator “The 1st plague! Ancient Egyptians deified the Nile River, so God turned it to blood.”
Pharaoh “All our streams have turned foul; my people are digging wells to get fresh water.”
Narrator “The 2nd plague! Frogs! Hear what Pharaoh and his people say about the frogs.”
Actors Jump like frogs.
Pharaoh “Frogs everywhere! Even in my bedroom! Get them out!”
Narrator “The 3rd plague! Gnats! Hear what the people say about the gnats.”
Actors Slap your arms, neck and face. Complain about the bugs.
Narrator “The 4th plague! Flies! See what Pharaoh and his people do with the flies.”
Narrator “The 5th plague! Deadly cattle disease! See what the cows do.”
Walk on hands and knees and make cow’s noises.
Narrator “The 6th plague! Sores! See what Pharaoh and his people do about the sores.
Pharaoh & Actors
Narrator “The 7th plague! Hail! See what the idolaters do when the hail falls.”
Actors Look up and pretend to protect your face from the falling stones of hail. Then fall.
Narrator “The 8th plague! Grasshoppers! See what the grasshoppers do.
Actors Hop around like grasshoppers.
Pharaoh “Stop them! Moses! They are eating all our crops!”
“The 9th plague! The Egyptians worshipped the sun so God
Actors Walk around as though blind. Complain that it is too dark to see. Hold your hands up in front of you to feel the way. Bump into one another and fall.
Briefly summarize the second part of the story:
Fearful child Read or recite by memory the poem, slowly with feeling, A Child’s Fearful Night:
moans, “I cannot sleep.
said tonight’s the night;
And I, the
oldest child, will die,
The night is
dark, with starless sky.
I hear no
sound in any home.
an anguished cry! It’s far.
Again I hear
death’s shriek! It’s close!
But now I
hear dad’s sobs of joy.
Briefly summarize the third part of the story:
“My oldest son died, so I let the slaves go. But now I change my mind!
Run and pretend to be riding horses.
“Praise the Holy One! He freed us from slavery and death
Thank everyone who helped with the drama.
the children draw a frog.
four children each recite a verse from Exodus 15:3-6.
5. Memorize Psalm 91:1.
an older child read this prayer or pray something like it:
Download a more detailed drama
to act out, of Israel’s miraculous escape from Egypt: