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God Saves: Moses Becomes the Leader of God’s People
Activity One: Read the intro. Watch the video.
Activity Two: Discuss the story using provided questions as prompts.
Activity Three: Respond to the story by doing the activity.
Activity Four: Bless your children
(It’s not an activity, but just a little background on the story for you, the parent, to read.)
Exodus chapter 3 is a very significant point of transition. It begins with the revelation of God to Moses from the midst of the burning bush. It develops with the commissioning of Moses to go back to Egypt and the Pharaoh and to deliver God’s people from their oppression and bondage. It ends with the beginnings of Moses’ reticence and resistance toward the task which God has given him.
In this message we will focus on the revelation of God to Moses, which, I believe, is the basis for all that is to follow. It is the basis for Moses’ obedience, as well as for the entire nation. It is also the basis for all of God’s actions with regard to Egypt and to His people. In many ways, this chapter is more than just the account of a life-changing incident in the life of one man; however, it is a crucial turning point in the history of the nation Israel. The burning bush marks the beginning of God’s direct intervention into the affairs of history. It is the basis for the call of Moses to return to Egypt as Israel’s deliverer. It is the beginning of the end of Egyptian oppression.
The burning bush made not only a profound impact upon Moses and the nation Israel, but it also continued to serve as one of those key events in history—the significance of which was not lost on Israel in the generations which followed. This passage of Scripture is one that must have been well known to the Jews of Jesus’ day. The account of the “burning bush” was so central to the thinking of the gospel writers, Mark and Luke, that they (perhaps like most men in their day) came to call this section of Scripture “the bush” portion (Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37).
incident of the burning bush is critical to our understanding of God.
Activity 1: STORY
Lead children in a Prayer of Release to pause, be still, and ask the Holy Spirit to quiet their hearts and minds.
When Moses was a baby, God saved him from the pharaoh’s evil rule that all Israelite baby boys must die. When Moses was a grown-up, he became a shepherd. Who knows what a shepherd does? You’re right! A shepherd takes care of animals. A shepherd uses a staff to care for and guide animals. Do you know what a staff looks like?
Now you can watch the video that tells the story of what happened to Moses when he was a grown-up and how God chose Moses to be the leader of His people.
Activity 2: DISCUSSION
Today in The Big God Story we saw how God talked to Moses and chose him to go to Pharaoh..Moses wasn’t eager or happy to be used by God, but He learned to trust God and obey Him. God used Moses and kept His promise to save His people. He will save us too!
- I wonder … How did God talk to Moses?
- I wonder … How did Moses feel when God talked to him? What were some excuses he gave to God?
- I wonder … When are some times that I don’t want to do what God wants me to do?
Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY
Easy Burning Bush Craft
- Construction paper
- Glue stick
If you are looking for a SUPER simple craft for Moses’ encounter with God talking to him through the burning bush, here is one that Morgan and I made a few weeks ago when we were talking about this story.
If you have smaller kids you will need to draw the bush (without the leaves and fire). If your child is older, let them draw it.
I also put a title at the top, and drew Moses’ sandals that he took off because he was on “holy ground.”
Now, find you some green, yellow, orange and red construction paper. You can let your child tear or cut out small pieces of all four colors and then glue them on.
I included the green paper to show that even though the bush was on fire it was not burning down, but was still intact.
This is a great visual to keep on the fridge to remind your kids about the story and ask them questions about it to review.
Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING
Children, in today’s part of The Big God Story, we saw how our God chose Moses and turned him into the leader to save God’s people from King Pharaoh. God’s Word promises us that God has the power to save. Share the following verse from Psalm 68:20a: “Our God is a God who saves.”
Let’s pray those words as a blessing over each other this week. Invite kids to stand in a line and take turns passing the blessing down the line. Ask each child to place a hand on the next one’s shoulder as she speaks the words, “May you know our God is a God who saves” over him.
When everyone has had an opportunity to participate, pray a communal blessing over the group. Encourage children to stand with their hands out, palms up, as a posture of being ready to receive.
May you know God cares for every part of your life. He will save you.