17 God speaks to Moses

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Exodus 3:10.

 

The manager of your national football team has just phoned you and said he wants to use you in his team, next week! What will you say?

 

Can you think of a Bible story where God speaks to someone and says he wants to use them in his team? To whom does he speak? What do they say?

 

Does it surprise you to know that God wants to use you in his team: now, next week and always? What will you say?

 

 

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The story so far…

God’s people were forced to work as slaves for the Egyptians. They cried out to God for help! And God heard them.

 

Meanwhile, Moses had gone as far away from Egypt as he could. He had found a job in another land, working as a shepherd for a man called Jethro. He married one of Jethro’s daughters and they had a son. But Moses did not forget Egypt and his own people.

 

Now read Exodus 3:1–10 together.

 

What happened next…

Moses was not sure that he could be the leader of God’s people or rescue them from Egypt. But God was sure. Moses went back to Egypt and met his brother, Aaron, on the way. Together they went to the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and asked him to set the Hebrew slaves free. The Pharaoh said “no” and kept saying it. So God told Moses that he would do something amazing (and horrible) so that Pharaoh would change his mind: the water in the river would turn into blood!

 

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 30 together.

 

 

Did you know…?

Afraid Moses was afraid because God is so holy. “Holy” means to be pure or set apart. God is holy – pure goodness. There is nothing bad in God at all.

Sandals God told Moses to take his shoes off because the ground he was standing on was holy. It doesn’t mean that there was anything special about the ground itself, but it was holy at that time because God was there.

Name of God God’s people in Old Testament times used the Hebrew language. God said his name is “Yahweh” or “Jehovah”, but people considered it to be too holy to ever say or write it in full. It meant “I am who I am” or “I will be who I will be”.

 

Try it out

Make a picture or a model of the burning bush.

You will need: twigs and leaves; red, yellow and orange tissue paper; paper; crayons; white glue; sticky tape; a large sheet of card for the background, if you are making a picture; a pot of sand, if you are making a model.

1 Collect some real leaves and twigs or cut them out of paper.

2 Use the sticky tape to stick the twigs onto the bottom of the card; or push twigs into a pot of sand. Fix the leaves on the twigs with sticky tape.

3 Tear strips of tissue paper and glue or tape them radiating out from the bush to look like flames. Now your burning bush is on fire – but it is not being burned up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you remember what God said to Moses?

 

Talk to God

God does not ask everyone to be a great leader or to save others from slavery. But he does have a job for each one of us to do. We each have a part to play: talk to God about that now.

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