Purpose: Use this children’s sermon about the birth of Moses to help kids think about the purpose God has for them.
Scripture: Exodus 1:22-2:10
Needed: something that might have been thrown away or something that’s been recycled, such as an item you picked up from a thrift store or a garage sale, or some reclaimed material that you’re using for a new purpose, or even a pet you rescued as a stray or from an animal shelter (you can use pictures of your pet if you don’t want to bring it into church)
Show the children your object. Explain that someone was going to throw it away, but you saved it. Tell students why you saved it and what you’re using it for.
That reminds me of the story of how Moses was born.
(Summarize Exodus 1:22-2:10 with the following story.)
When Moses was born, his people, the Israelites, were slaves of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. But Pharaoh was afraid that the Israelites might take over his country one day, so he ordered that all the baby boy Israelites be killed. He ordered that their mothers throw them in the river and let them drown.
Pharaoh was a very wicked king. But God gave Moses’ mom a great idea. Instead of putting Moses in the river to drown, she put him in a basket by the river.
Then, when the princess, Pharaoh’s daughter, came to take a bath in the river, she saw baby Moses in the basket. She felt bad for him and took him to be her own son.
Later, Moses grew up and God used him to lead all of the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses was the one God used to free the Israelites from their slavery.
And, you know, God has saved us too. He hasn’t saved us from drowning in a river, but He has saved from our sin, the wrong things that we do.
God’s rule is that when we sin, we should die and go to Hell as a punishment. But He sent Jesus to die on the cross and save us. Jesus died and went to Hell for three days as a punishment for all of us.
Now, why do you think God would save us like that?
God sent Jesus to save us because He loves us.
God saved Moses from drowning in the river because He loved Moses. But, then, God had a job for Moses to do, didn’t He? He sent Moses to free the Israelites from slavery.
What I want you to think about this week is this; now that God has saved you from your sins, what does He want you to do? Moses’ job was to free people from slavery. What’s the job God wants you to do?
Loving God, we thank You for saving us, just like You saved baby Moses. Help us to know what job You have for each one of us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, Children’s Sermons about the Exodus