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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

*Almost* edible 10 Plagues study ~ The Plague of Locusts

Today we ventured through the 8th plague, the Plague of Locusts. I don’t know about you but that just gives me the heebee jeebees thinking about grasshopper covering the land so that it was black. I am not a huge bug/insect fan, but I am working on it. But still, I would be no good with this Plague of Locusts.

Micah was a bit disappointed that there was no edible part for today. So much so that he tried to eat our toy grasshopper! Yes, yes he did. He proceeded to cry afterwards because it was not edible. Ah, such is the life with a toddler. Lucky for him tomorrow I have a sweet treat planned.

Our craft for the day, a clothespin grasshopper, was a bit complex in the fact that it had so many parts. I chose to laminate the bodies after the girls colored them instead of mounting them on construction paper. It made them a little more durable especially in the hands of the aforementioned toddler. Once again, I read from the Bible as the girls worked on their grasshoppers.

Exodus 10:1-20 New International Version (NIV)
The Plague of Locusts
10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.”
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.’” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.
Pharaoh’s officials said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the Lord their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?”
Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship the Lord your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be going.”
Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the Lord.”
10 Pharaoh said, “The Lord be with you—if I let you go, along with your women and children! Clearly you are bent on evil.[a] 11 No! Have only the men go and worship the Lord, since that’s what you have been asking for.” Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence.
12 And the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.”

13 So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; 14 they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. 15 They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
16 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. 17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”
18 Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord19 And the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea.[b] Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt. 20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our adventures through the 10 Plagues so far and the crafts that we have done. The next two plagues will be so great as the Lord shows his hand and mocks the Egyptians as He prepares to bring the final, ultimate plague. 
I hope to see you back here tomorrow!
*Almost* Edible Plagues
 River to blood ~Nile River {bottled} water and Hawaiian punch packet
Frogs ~ gummy green and white frogs
Lice ~ black jelly beans
Flies ~ toy flies
Livestock ~ Mother’s pink and white animal cookies
Boils ~ Capt'n Crunch Berries {just the red berries}
Hail and Fire ~ Hot Tamales encased in big marshmallows

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