YEAH! Church - Sunday, August 8, 2021
"Heroes of the Bible” – Moses is a very important person in God’s story, the Bible. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, detailing the Israelites escape from slavery, their time of wandering in the wilderness and how God worked on their behalf. Moses spent forty years in the Egyptian palace, forty years taking care of sheep and forty years leading the people of Israel…his story is filled with amazing moments.
Today’s Lesson - “Moses – Friend of God”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aFw8D3Degc (Saddleback Kids – Moses)
Today’s Hero – Moses (Exodus, Levitus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)
At three months of age, Moses’ life was in danger and Moses’ mother had to take drastic action. During the time that Moses was born, the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt and the Pharaoh had ordered that all the baby boys were to be thrown into the Nile. Moses’ mother made a special water-tight basket instead, put him in it, then set it in the river near to the king’s palace. And who found the basket? None other than the princess who decided to raise Moses as her own son.
When Moses grew up, he went out to visit the slaves and noticed an Egyptian beating up one of the Hebrews. Moses didn’t like what he saw and killed the Egyptian. When Pharaoh found out, he wanted Moses dead, so Moses ran away to Midian. There he became part of a Midianite family—he married, had two children and raised sheep. He stayed there for forty years, until one day, when he was out caring for the sheep, God told him he had a special job for him to do… “Go back!”
God wanted Moses to lead the Hebrews (also known as the Israelites), to freedom…out of Egypt. Moses didn’t think he was the right man for the job and argued with God. God sent his brother to help him and together they went to Egypt to talk to Pharaoh and tell him to let the slaves go free. Well, the Pharaoh didn’t believe Moses one bit and made life harder on the slaves. God then sent ten plagues to convince Pharaoh. After the tenth plague, Pharaoh commanded the Israelites to leave. So they did! But Pharaoh had a bad habit of changing his mind, and just like before, he decided to get the slaves back. God rescued the people by letting the people escape from the Egyptian army through the Red Sea, then having the army drown as the waters came crashing back.
Over the next forty years, God continued to do amazing things to help the freed slaves—He gave them water from a rock, daily food that fell from the sky, their clothing and shoes never wore out and He eventually brought them to the promised land. Moses wasn’t allowed to go into the land, but God took him to the top of a mountain and let him see the new land before Moses died at the age of 120 years old. Moses wasn’t a perfect person—he made mistakes just like you and me—but he did try to please God and he was quick to apologize when he made a mistake. Good things for us to do, too!
• As a baby, Moses’ mother put him in a special basket on the river. Why did she need to do that? What happened?
• When Moses grew up he knew that he had been rescued as a baby and would visit the slaves. What happened when he saw an Egyptian beating a slave?
• Moses had to run for his life, but forty years later God told him to go back to Egypt. What job did God have for Moses to do?
• With God’s help, the slaves were given their freedom and Moses became their leader as they lived in the wilderness. Why did they have to spend so long in the wilderness before being allowed to go to the land God had promised them?
Exodus 33:11a, NLT - “Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”
Prayer – Dear God, please help me to remember Moses when I have a hard job to do. Help me to trust you just like Moses did. Help me to be your friend too!
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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