Moses: Burning Bush

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Today's lesson is Moses and the Burning Bush. You can see a more condensed version here.
The above link also has the directions for the burning bush visual you see in the next 2 photos below. I set tables up and I am adding a visual for Moses each week. And, if you can find my leprosy visual and take home at Michaels, the kids LOVED it!
Review: Last week we started our Bible study on Moses. Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible, and we find our lessons in the book of Exodus. Moses’ father was Amram, and his mother was Jochebed. Moses had a sister Miriam and an older brother named Aaron.
Pharaoh (king) of Egypt was worried because there were so many Hebrews! They were very strong! Pharaoh made them slaves building things for him and Pharaoh wanted the new baby boys to be killed.
When Moses was 3 months old, his mother, Jochebed, made a basket from bulrushes, and put Moses in the basket. She put the basket in the river and the Pharaoh's daughter found it. Pharaoh's daughter named the baby Moses because "I drew him out of the water".

When Moses was older, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew man, and when no one was looking, Moses killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand. The next day, Moses realized that others knew what he had done, and Moses ran from Egypt.

Lesson found in Exodus 2:15-4: Moses stopped by a well in Midian. The priest of Midian was Reuel, AKA  Jethro and he had 7 daughters. They came to the well to water their sheep. When they had the water drawn, some shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses helped the daughters take care of their sheep.
When Jethro asked why they had returned home so quickly, Zipporah said that an Egyptian helped water the sheep. Moses was asked to eat with them, and he was satisfied to stay in Midian.
Jethro gave Moses Zipporah as a wife. They had a son named Gershom. 
Now, the people were crying to God to save them from being slaves. God heard their cries.
One day, when Moses was moving the sheep, he came to Horeb, which was the mountain of God.
An angel appeared in the flame of fire in a bush, except the bush wasn’t burning!
God called from the bush “Moses, Moses! Take off your shoes because this is holy ground.” God said He has seen how the Hebrew were being treated and decided to deliver them from bondage. And you’re the one I want to go before Pharaoh and lead them out of Egypt. (I kicked off my shoes!)
 Moses said “Why me and what am I supposed to tell them?” God said “I AM WHO I AM. Tell the people that I AM sent you.”
I use this snake and a really nice tree limb for Moses' rod. I toss the rod down, and pick up this snake! The kids just love it! I let one of the boys pick it up by the tail and made his day!
Moses asked “What if they don’t believe me or they won’t listen to me?” God told Moses to throw down his rod and it turned into a snake… Moses ran from it! When Moses picked it up by the tail, it returned to his rod.
This is my husband for the picture, but I had this hand tucked under my armpit and when I put my hand inside my sweater, I brought this out! Oh, they loved it! The kids didn't see me hide it under my sweater, and their eyes just popped! It was so much fun, I showed my preschool grandkids and they loved it too! I put it back in, and left it under my armpit again! I have to say that when I did this again the next week for review, and they saw the hand under my arm, they loved it just as much!
I purchased these at Michaels in the Halloween dept. I gave the kids one of the small ones to take home! Again, they loved these!
Moses still isn't convinced, so God tells him to "Put your hand in your bosom." Moses does, and when he pulls out his hand it is leprous! When Moses repeats it, his hand is normal. God tells Moses that He can do anything!
God told Moses that if Pharaoh didn't believe the first 2 signs, then Moses was to pour water from the river onto the dry ground and it would turn into blood.

God told Moses that He knew that Pharaoh wasn't going to let the people leave Egypt. So, God was going to use His power and Pharaoh WOULD let the people go! God told Moses “They will believe.” Moses still isn’t sure about it and replies “But God, I really don’t talk very well.”
God told Moses to go to Aaron, his brother, and Aaron will do the talking and you will show the proof of Me.” Moses took his family and returned to Egypt.
We will begin 3 lessons on the 10 plagues next week!
This is the burning bush visual I made for this lesson. I used orange Halloween lights with the flicker. Looks a lot better in person!
I made these Lift-the-Flap question and answer projects for today's lesson. I printed the top page on cardstock, and the bottom page on regular paper. I used a craft knife (as seen above) to cut the flaps, leaving the top attached. I glued the two sheets together, careful not to get glue on the flaps.
This is what the finished paper looks like. You can print it in color or black & white.
This is today's cut & glue picture to color. I print the backgrounds on different color cardstock, and the pictures for the students to cut are on regular paper. You can print it here.

Here is the same picture, but is a picture to color (no cutting).
You can see all the Moses cut & glue pictures to color here.
We marked our Moses map for his travels. You can find more information here.
Bible Verse: Exodus 3:14 
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


  1. This is a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing it at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  2. So glad I found you through the 123homeschool TGIF linkup! Always happy to find fun ideas to help my little one learn and remember scripture stories! Thank you!

  3. Wow! What a fabulous lesson! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  4. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

    1. Thanks so much for having the link up parties! I appreciate it!

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  8. Deb, how do I print this great lesson? I am preparing a lesson for one of our teachers and would like to use this script.

    1. Hello Susan, you can download it @ Thank you!


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