Remember when I told you about Abraham? One part of the story that I did not tell you was that God told him his descendants would spend 400 years in another country and become slaves. A new Pharaoh, who did remember Joseph, made the Israelites slaves because he was afraid of their numbers and that they might side with his enemies. Today’s lesson comes from the book of Exodus 3.
We start this story off with Moses watching the flock of his father-in-law. He comes across a bush that was on fire but was not burning. As he ventured closer. God called Moses and he responded, “Here I am”. God told him not to come any closer and to take off his sandals for he was standing on holy ground. He says, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:1-6)
The LORD continued, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt”. God claims he has heard them crying out and was concerned about their suffering. God wants to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and deliver them to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. (Exodus 3:6-9)
Now God proceeds to instruct Moses to go Pharaoh to bring his people the Israelites out of Egypt. But Moses doubted his ability by saying to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” God motivated Moses by saying, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Finally, Moses was told if he received any resistance he was supposed to tell them, “I AM WHO I AM. I AM has sent me to you. The LORD, the God of your fathers — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob — has sent me to you. (Exodus 3:10-15)
Then God instructs Moses “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites — a land flowing with milk and honey”. Moses was told to go to the King of Egypt and tell him that the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us.
Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’ God informed Moses that the King may not allow this command but Go will stretch out his hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders and after that he will let you go. (Exodus 3:16-20)
1. How did God appeared to Moses and what did God say?
2. What did Moses say after God instructed him to go to Pharaoh in Egypt?
3. What did God say to Moses after Moses doubted God?
4. What did God instruct Moses and the elders to say to the king of Egypt?
5. What did God say he would do to the Egyptians?
Questions to be answered:
1. What did we learn about God in this story?
2. What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
3. What did you learn new in this story?
4. What should I do differently because of this story?