Moses and the Red Sea
MOSES AND THE RED SEA
Cast: Children of Israel, Egyptians, Moses, and Narrator
Props: Blue material for sea; head coverings for all cast members, microphone for narrator, and rod for Moses.
Narrator: Now this is a tale that happened so very long ago, and probably hard for some to believe, nevertheless it is true. You see, God wanted a man whom he could trust to obey Him, to lead His people the Israelites out from slavery. Yes, you heard correctly – slavery. The Israelites were treated harshly and had to work very hard serving the Egyptians. How unfair! These Israelites were not allowed freedom to worship God the way they wanted. I’m sure glad that I can choose where I want to go to church. Well, lets begin the story.
Egyptians: Get busy and work. Don’t be so lazy. We want to see more work done. (Right side of stage)
Israelites: It is such a hot day. They could at least spare us from so much work. (Left side of stage)
Narrator: Early one morning God spoke, “Moses! Moses!
Moses: Here, I am God. (Bows to the ground - center stage)
Narrator: And so God said, “Gather all the elders in Israel and tell them that I see what the Egyptians are doing to them. I see how hard they are working and I have come to help them. I will harden the Egyptians hearts to where they will not believe in any miracles that you or the Wiseman in Egypt performs. They will see that I am God! I will bring to pass many plagues that will cause great cries upon the land of Egypt. The king of Egypt will be greatly troubled and want the Israelites as far away as possible from his people and kingdom.
Narrator: Now Moses really did not want to do this job for God. Sometimes we are like that. We do not always want to do the things that God would like us to do. Moses was afraid. He wanted help. Sometimes we have to have help, too. It makes a job easier to do if we have help. So God said Aaron his brother could help Moses. They both went before the King of Egypt and told the king what God has said for them to do. Do you know what happened next?
Egyptians and Israelite: Tell us what happened?
Narrator: Well, the story continues like this. The Egyptians made the Israelites work even harder.
Egyptians: You must do twice as much work!
Israelites: What have we done to you that you treat us so mean?
Narrator: The Israelites were beaten and made to work much harder than ever. The king was not going to let anyone tell him what to do. Oh my, have you ever been that way? God told Moses to stretch his rod upon the waters.
Moses: (Stretches rod out upon waters)
Narrator: God then sent a plague upon all the water everywhere – it turned to blood.
Egyptians and Israelite: Yuck!
Narrator: The king still would not let the Israelites go free to worship God the way they wanted. God again told Moses to stretch his rod upon the waters.
Moses: (Stretches rod out upon waters)
Narrator: God sent thousands and thousands of frogs. They were running under their feet and hopping all over the place. There were so many of them.
Narrator: The king still refused to allow the Israelite freedom to worship God so God sent another plague. LICE! Yes, these were those awful creatures that crawl all over your skin, on your clothes, in you hair. The people were very miserable. They scratched and scratched. Surprisingly, the children of Israel had no lice at all. Finally, the king said, “You may worship your God, but you will have to stay here and do it. I will not allow you to leave this country” Now, the Israelites wanted very much to leave. The Egyptians were making them work so hard and they were getting sick of all the beatings.
Israelite: God be merciful to us!
Egyptians: We think you should leave now!
Narrator: Again, the king would not allow the people to leave and worship Him. Therefore God said, Stretch out your hand Moses.
Moses: (stretched out his hand and drops sand or ect.)
Narrator: And from the hand of Moses came ashes from a furnace. Suddenly, there were cries upon the land, for all the people and the animals were covered in boils from head to toe. They were really in pain, now. They had a hard time walking for their feet were covered in blisters. God did not allow any of this to happen to the Israelites. Can you believe this? The king still refused to allow the Israelites to go free and worship Him. My that king was sure stubborn. He would not give in to God.
Narrator: Again, God sent yet another plague. This was the plague of hail and fire. As the hail rained down from the sky is struck everything. The hail broke down all the trees, and flowers. It hit the people. There was such a terrible mess when it was all over. God kept the hail and fire from disturbing the Israelites.
Narrator: God was not finished with the king of Egypt yet. He wanted to show him three more plagues to help him see that God was in control of the situation. God told Moses to stretch out his rod.
Moses: (stretches out his rod. Moses will then go and stand with the children of Israel)
Egyptians: Yicks! Ouch! Get away you critters!
Narrator: God sent grasshoppers upon all the land with the exception of where the children of Israel were sleeping. The locusts ate every green thing in sight. They sure must have been hungry! God sent yet another plague – this time darkness came upon the land. This darkness was so great that even the moon did not help give any light at all. No one could move, because they might hurt themselves by bumping into all their many things they owned.
Narrator: I imagine that the king and all the Egyptians were pretty unhappy. God was not finished with them yet. He had yet one more plague to bring upon them. This is the most awful plague of all. Now if you do not want to hear this, close you eyes, oops, I mean your ears. Ready? At about midnight, an angel went around to all the homes of the children of Egyptians and put to sleep forever the oldest child. When the families woke up the next morning they saw what the angel had done. A great cry went up throughout all the land. The king was so distressed and grieved that he ordered the Israelites to leave immediately. He never wanted to see them again.
Children of Israel and Moses: We’re free!
Narrator: The children of Israel and Moses packed and started on their journey of freedom to worship God. Moses led them through the wilderness on a long journey.
(Moses leads the people around and up to the sea)
Narrator: The king of the Egypt thought he had made a mistake and decided to pursue the children of Israel and bring them back. Why he needed workers for all his many tasks.
Egyptians: There they are!
Children of Israel: Help the Egyptians are coming after us. How will we cross the sea?
Moses: (hold out his rod and the waters open)
Children of Israel: (Cross through the waters on dry land)
Narrator: And so the Israel crossed to the side safely – or wait - here comes the Egyptians – what will happen now?
Egyptians: (cross the waters and the waters cover them up. Cast must sit on the ground quietly as the blue material covers them)
Narrator: The Egyptians did not make it across the sea. God watched over the children of Israel and He took care of them. God wanted to take them to a special place – a land filled with all the good things to eat. Then sang Moses and all the children of Israel unto the Lord.
Moses and the children of Israel: The Lord is our strength. He is our salvation. We will exalt Him (raise both hands toward heavens).
(All cast then exit)
© Kidz Ministry Jeanne McIntosh June 14, 2003. All rights reserved.