Project #21 “Being like an Israelite for a Day”

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In a recent class I help to teach at our Church,

we studied Characters in the Bible who are Leaders. 

This is in order to help young people become more cognizant

of the leadership qualities that are hopefully emulated in their lives in the future.

Last night, we studied Pharaoh of the Exodus.

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After the study, the young people had the opportunity

to see what it might have been like for the Israelites

to make bricks from Clay and Straw

“You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.” Exodus 5:7

After a bit of hesitation,

they students dug right in to mix the brick material.

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14 The Israelite foremen appointed by Pharaoh’s slave drivers were beaten and were asked, “Why didn’t you meet your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?” 15 Then the Israelite foremen went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way? 16 Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.” 17 Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are – lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.” (NIV) from Exodus Chapter 5

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Chad cleverly made a Brick Mold to form the bricks

Wooden Brick Mold

Patting the brick material into the mold

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Imagine how the Israelites must have felt…

being rushed and beaten while making this difficult substance.

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Each student made his own brick

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Chad made the last touches

on the Tops

of our Egyptian Bricks

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The finished Bricks…

just ready for drying

( the stamp reads “Let my People Go”)

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The children were able to experience some feelings

of what it might have been like to be slaves

in Egypt during the Pharaoh’s reign.

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