Special Kids, Special Needs (Part 1 of 6) – Adopted Children

Bible Lesson About Adopted Children.

The first 5 lessons (case studies) in this series is very straightforward – a Scripture text and application questions.

  • Carefully consider these children and their families.
  • Reflect on your own situation.
  • Answer the given questions.

Part 6 will be a 10 point checklist of tips for teachers.

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Adopted Children (Exodus 1:22 – 2:10)

Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.”

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she sawthat he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go ahead.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.

The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”

– New American Standard Bible

1. In what way does this account about the beginning of Moses’ life relate to your child and his or her adoption?

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2. How can you explain to your child God’s role in his or her adoption story?

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3. Has your adopted child expressed an interest in his or her birth family roots?

  • If so, how do you feel about it?
  • If not, how will you feel if it occurs in the future?

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4. What other critical issues face you as an adoptive family?

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