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19 January, 2019

God Is I Am - Exodus 3:1–4:17

Here’s what happens…

God appears to Moses in a burning bush. God tells Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, where they’re slaves. Moses doesn’t want to and has a lot of excuses. But God assures him, “I Am Who I Am.” God doesn’t change; he’s the same God today!

Through the Week

Play this fun game to explore changing.

  • Choose one person to leave the room.
  • Everyone else will change one thing about his or her appearance—for example, removing glasses or jewelry, rolling up shirt sleeves, or changing a hairdo.
  • The person who left the room will return and try to guess what changed about each person.
  • Play several rounds, sending a new family member out of the room each time.
  • After the game, talk about what it was like trying to keep up with all the changes. What made it easy or hard?
  • Pray together and thank God that he never changes. You never need to play guessing games about who God is!


Talk About This…

  • What is something about God that you’re glad won’t change?


Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God doesn’t change, so we trust him when we’re unsure.

  • Tell about a time you weren’t confident you could do something well.

Let’s watch a video about how Moses learned God could do big things through him…even though he didn’t feel confident.

Watch “The Burning Bush.”

  • Put yourself in Moses' place. How do you think you'd feel about what God asked you to do?
  • What did the signs show you about who God is?
  • What evidence or signs have you seen that show you God doesn’t change and you can trust him?

God doesn’t change. If he could do big things through Moses, even though Moses didn’t think he was right for the job, God can still do big things through people—even us. God gave Moses signs to help Moses trust him, and God shows us all the time that we, too, can trust him.

Grow paper snakes.


  • paper-wrapped straws
  • eyedropper
  • cup of water

In Exodus 3, God caused Moses’ staff to change into a moving snake. Did you know that there’s a way to make lifeless straw paper move like a snake, too?

  1. First, carefully tear off one end of the paper wrapper from the straw.
  2. Then scrunch the wrapper down toward the other end of the straw, as if you were going to remove it but keeping it on the straw until the whole wrapper is fully compact at one end. Once you start scrunching the paper down, don’t pull it back up, and make sure the paper doesn’t get wet.
  3. Once it’s fully compact, push or pull the paper off the straw, keeping it scrunched and avoiding wet surfaces.

At the moment the straw papers appear lifeless. What do you think will happen when we add some drops of water?

  1. Use an eyedropper or straw to drop only one drop of water onto the end of the straw paper. It will move and “grow.”
  2. Continue slowly adding drops along the straw paper until it stops growing. The water causes the paper to “unscrunch,” making it look like it’s growing or slithering like a snake.
  •  How did the straw paper change throughout this experiment?

The straw paper changed its form several times. At first it was long, then it was short, and then it moved like a snake! Moses talked with God at the burning bush a long time ago, and God surprised Moses like the moving straw paper might have surprised us. God doesn’t change. The same God who was with Moses at the burning bush is still with us today.

  • How does it help you to know that God, who helped Moses, still helps you today?

God doesn’t change. He did amazing things to prepare Moses to lead the Israelites, and God will do amazing things to help us as we live for him today.


Digging Into the Heart of God. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.

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Moses Sees God’s Holiness - Exodus 33–34

Here’s what happens…

God meets with Moses in a tent, passes by as Moses hides in a mountain crevice, and meets with Moses in a cloud. Moses’ face glows, reflecting that he has spent time with God. Moses’ experiences show us that God is special.

Bible Point:

God is special, and he has the ability to change us.

Through the Week

Moses had a special place to meet with God: the Tent of Meeting. Make your own special place!

- Build a blanket fort or tent in a place everyone in your family can get to.

- Try to choose a quieter place in your home.

- Whenever anyone wants to spend time with God, he or she can enter the tent to pray or read the Bible.

- Make sure you spend some time with God together in your special place.

Talk About This…

- What’s special about God?

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is special, and he has the ability to change us. In the Bible, spending time with God changed the way Moses’ face looked! Let’s see what can change about us when we spend time with God.

Watch “You Choose.”

- What differences did you notice in the girl’s day?

- What differences have you noticed in your own life when you’ve spent time with God and when you haven’t.

- What do you think it is about spending time with God that changes us?

God is special, and he has the ability to change us. He’s so special that the more we get to know him, the more we want to be like him! God is loving, kind, and forgiving, and he changes our hearts to be more like him.

Digging Into the Heart of God. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.


Dig in at Home - 10 February

God Sends Manna and Quail - Exodus 16:1-35

Here’s what happens…

While the Israelites wander in the desert, they need food. They complain about how hungry they are and wish they’d never left Egypt. But God is loyal and sends them food from the sky—manna (a mysterious bread like substance) and quail.

Through the Week

Gather your “manna and quail” to prepare for meals this week.

- When it’s getting close to a snack time, hide packaged or bagged snacks around the house.

- Challenge your family to find the snacks, and remind them that the Israelites gathered the food God provided.

- When it’s nearing time to prepare dinner, hide the packaged ingredients. For example, if you’re making spaghetti with marinara, hide the box of spaghetti and the jar of sauce.

- After your family finds the items, work together as a family to prepare the food. Thank God for loyally giving you food!

Talk About This…

- Give an example of something a loyal friend would do.

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is loyal, so we’re loyal.

- What are things loyal friends would do?

- What would a loyal friend do on your birthday?

Let’s watch a video about a birthday boy and his friends.

Watch “The Birthday.”

- Tell about a time someone let you down, like Matt thought his friends had.

- Tell about a time your friends surprised you with something great.

In our Bible story, the Israelites doubted God’s loyalty. He promised to give them enough manna and quail every day, but they collected extra just in case he wasn’t loyal. In our video, Matt doubted his friends’ loyalty, too. But just as God came through for the Israelites, his friends came through in a big way!

Digging Into the Heart of God. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.


Dig in at Home - 3 February

God Makes Bitter Water Good - Exodus 15:22-27

Here’s what happens…

After the Israelite's escape Egypt, they travel in the desert for three days without finding water. When they finally find some, it tastes bitter. They complain and doubt God’s plan, but God shows grace by providing a piece of wood that makes the water good!

Family Together Time

Celebrate God’s grace with your favorite beverages.

- Let everybody choose his or her favorite thing to drink, whether that’s a soft drink, coffee (for Mom or Dad), juice, milk, hot chocolate, or something else.

- You might even go to a fast food or ice cream place for soft drinks and milkshakes!

- As you enjoy your tasty drinks, talk about all the good things God has given you that you don’t deserve. That’s grace!

- Talk about how you can show grace to other people, too.

Talk About This…

- When is it hardest for you to show grace to other people?

Watch and Discuss

- Think of a cool invention you wish existed. What would it be?

Today we’re learning that God shows grace, and he showed grace by making bitter water sweet when the Israelites complained. Let’s watch a video that shows what might’ve happened if they’d used that idea to make up a cool invention.

Watch “Sweet-a-Stick.”

- Why do you or don’t you think this really happened in the Bible?

- If a Sweet-a-Stick was real, would you buy one? Why or why not?

A Sweet-a-Stick would be a fun invention, but it’s not real. The stick Moses used was just a regular stick, not a special invention. It made the water sweet by God’s power because God shows grace and wanted to give his people something that would help them.

Digging Into the Heart of God. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc.