To do today: Color ornament #9 and read the following story:
Moses, the Great Lawgiver
The children of Jacob were sometimes called Hebrews, which means “from beyond,” because Abraham, their forefather, came from beyond the river. They were called Israelites or the Children of Israel, because Israel was the name the angel gave to Jacob. They were also called the Chosen People, because God chose them as the people from whom the promised Redeemer was to come. Although the Chosen People lived in Egypt for four hundred years, they kept their belief in the One True God and spoke their own language. On that account they were looked upon as strangers. Since God had chosen the Israelites to be a great nation, He wished to lead them back into the Land of Promise from which Jacob and his sons had come a long, long time ago. In the following stories we shall learn of the wanderings and hardships of the Israelites, of their ingratitude to the Lord, and of God’s great mercy to His Chosen People.
A Princess Finds an Infant Boy
After the death of Joseph the Children of Israel continued to live in Egypt until after their numbers grew so large that they filled the land. In the meantime a new king ruled over the country, and he forgot what Joseph had done for Egypt. He saw how the Israelites were increasing and said to his people: “The Israelites are becoming stronger than us. Come, let us make them our slaves, otherwise they will rise up against us.: But the more cruelly the Israelites were treated, the larger their numbers grew. Then the king commanded that all the little boys who were born of Hebrew parents should be throne into the Nile river.
Now it happened that a lovely baby boy was born to one of the Hebrew mothers. For three months she hid him away in her own home, and when she could no longer keep him, she made a little basket of rushes, smeared it with pitch and in it carefully laid the baby boy. Then she placed the basket among the tall reeds on the bank of the river and told Miriam, her daughter, to watch near by to see what would happen. Very soon the daughter of the king came down to bathe in the river, and when she saw the basket in the reeds, she went with one of her maids to get it. When she opened the basket, she found in it a crying infant. She felt sorry for the child and said: “This is one of the babes of the Hebrews.” Just then Miriam came forward and asked: “Shall I call a Hebrew woman to nurse the babe? She answered: “Go.” And the girl went and called her mother. When Miriam’s mother arrived, the daughter of the Pharao said: “ Take this child and nurse him for me. I will give you your wages.” The mother gladly took the child and cared for him and when he had grown up, she brought him to the Pharaoh’s daughter. The princess adopted him for her son and called him Moses,which means, “Taken Out of the Water.”
Other stories you might like to read if time permits:
From: Bible Stories for Children by a Catholic Teacher
"The Story of Moses" pg. 24
From: Anecdotes and Examples by Rev. Francis Spirago
"Maria Theresa's Consideration for the Aged" pg. 345
"The Dying Officer and the Crucifix" pg. 349
"The Son Who Rescued a Servant" pg. 380
Coordinating Bible Verses: Exodus 2: 1-10
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