Last night we continued our journey through the Bible, in the book of Exodus to be specific. Exodus is an action packed story of escape and God’s provision for His people.
We picked up the story of Moses after he killed an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite slave. Moses was in Midian tending a flock of sheep. Moses lead his flock towards Horeb where God appeared to Moses through a burning bush! God was speaking to Moses and telling Moses that he needed to go back to Egypt and lead the Israelites to the promise land. Moses said that he didn’t feel equipped for this and God assured him that He would be with Moses.
Moses went to Pharaoh, and said to let the israelites go. Pharaoh said, “no.” which lead to the 10 plagues (water to blood, frogs, gnats, flies, diseased cattle, boils, hail, locusts, darkness for 3 days, and death of first born). After each of the plagues Pharaoh still said no until his first born son had died. He then let Moses and the Israelites go.
Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he changed his mind to pursue the Israleites. Moses parted the Red Sea and the Israelites walked to safety while the sea closed in on the Egyptian army, killing them. Moses and the Israelites then wandered the dessert for 40 years until they reached the promise land.
This is a really quick overview of Exodus. During this year we are giving the high lights of the stories and focusing on what they mean to us.
Moses was called to do something HUGE, something that he didn’t feel able to do. Sound familiar? God asks us to do the same, maybe not lead a whole group of people out of slavery, but tasks we feel unable to do. What does God call you to do?
Parents: Share a time with your child when God called you to do something you didn’t feel ready to do. How did you respond? How did it turn out?
Another part of this story was Moses’ desire to see God. When God first appeared to Moses through the burning bush, Moses hid his face. Later when God appeared to him again, Moses wanted to see God. God let him see his backside. There are times where we follow God and want to see Him to see if He is actually there. Where have you seen God in your life?
Then when they were in the dessert wandering, the Israelites lost sight if God and created an idol (golden calf) to worship. What do we worship, that isn’t God? (think: technology, money, status, friends, approval, etc.)
Each week I will be giving out cards to students giving them further optional readings to catch other parts of the book we are going through. Here they are below in case the sheet didn’t make it home: