Over the sea!

Here’s what happened when Becky and her dad, Robin, read ‘Over the sea’ together.


Becky, age 11, loves horse riding.

Becky says: It seems that God is being selfish in verses 17 and 18 when he says he will harden the Egyptians’ hearts and gain glory through Pharaoh and his army. Why did he say that?


 Robin answers: I think this is God’s response to Pharaoh’s challenge when in chapter 5 verse 2 he says, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and will not let Israel go.” God is making it quite clear the he is not one to be challenged and his people are not to be messed with.

God gave Pharaoh lots of opportunities to obey him but the Exodus tells us that, during each of the first five plagues, Pharaoh hardened his own heart to God and would not listen. God had already promised to Moses that he would rescue the Israelites “with great acts of judgment” and what happened to Pharaoh and his army was that judgment taking place.

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Here’s what happened when Sylvia and her Sunday School teacher read this Bible story together.

Sylvia is 10 years old and lives in Sri Lanka. She collects stickers and stamps and likes reading and painting.

Sylvia asked: What happened when Moses stretched out his hand over the sea?




Sylvia’s Sunday School teacher answered: God wanted Moses to stretch out his hand, but Moses did not know why. But still he went ahead and obeyed. The sea would have slowly started parting, there would have been a queue of people who would have started walking on dry land. God won’t ask or tell us to do something that’s bad for us. He will see us through right to the end.

Sylvia said: I think we also, like Moses, should always listen and obey whatever God tells us to do. God loves and cares for us. So he will always say what is best for us.

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  • Olivia

    I read this story with my mum and I was wondering why God killed the Egyptians instead of teaching them a lesson which didn’t involve killing them.

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