To illustrate the stories of the Red Sea crossing
by the children of Israel, use Wow Powder (a
congealing agent easily obtained from any gospel illusion supply store).
You will also need two medium sized bowls or pitchers and water. Add
the appropriate amount of powder to one bowl only.
Begin by discussing the story background:
Israel had miraculously been freed from years of Egyptian slavery. With
them were countless animals, elderly people, children, babies and all
supplies for beginning a new life. Behind them was an enormous army.
Before them was an overwhelming sea.
Explain that Moses asked God for help, and He
provided a miracle. The waters parted, and the sea floor became as dry
land. Slowly pour water into the bowl with powder. Remind
children that God always answers our prayers. Turn bowl upside down
(without showing contents): The water will NOT spill! Touch your
fingers against what was originally water to show that the ground was now dry.
Explain that the Egyptians attempted to benefit
from God's miracle. They began to follow the Israelites across the dry sea
floor. Pour water slowly into the second bowl. Point out that God
provided a second miracle. When the Israelites were ALL on the opposite
shore, God released the waters, and the pursuers were drowned. Slowly turn
the bowl upside down again: Water WILL splash (Very wet lesson!!).
An alternative would be to allow children to place their hands in both bowls to
see the difference.
This lesson may also be adapted to the Jordan
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