Week 12: Exodus 1-4

The Birth of Moses & Moses and the Burning Bush

Triple Play

Use the Triple Play as you read with your family, your small group, or even in your personal devotion times!

Highs and Lows: Start by sharing at least one high and one low from the day. Don’t skip this step!

Daily Dig: As you read the text of the week, customize your experience with resources found here to help you grow!

Pray: Take time to pray about the highs and lows and what you’ve read. Give thanks for the highs, ask for help in the lows, and pray for God’s Word to be alive in you each week!

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Kiddo Activity

Burning Bush

Did you read the Bible story or watch the video for the week yet? I’ve always loved this story! How cool would it be to have God talk to us through a burning bush? Okay… cool and a little scary too, right? Moses didn’t feel confident enough with himself to feel he could accept the mission God had planned for him EVEN with God’s promises of help and always being with him. Moses kept giving reasons on why he wasn’t the right person for the job and even told God to please send someone else. I’m sure there has been times in all our lives when we feel our “weaknesses” are just too much. “I can’t read well enough, I’m not fast enough, I’m not brave enough” could all have been things you’ve said. What’s great about this story is we’re not enough… just like Moses. But with God, with His help, and with God working in us, we ARE enough… just like Moses again. God’s promises to Moses, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12) is the same promise He has for us today. He will be with us too. Maybe God has a challenging mission for you? Pray, read His word, let him “talk” to you. 

For today’s activity, take out your white bag. Glue the tree (bush) on the inside of the bag (if you are able) or the outside is fine too. Use your three colored crayons, and color the whole side of the bag with the tree (your three colors will be flames). It can be messy, scribbles, actual flames, etc. whatever makes you think of fire and a burning bush. Then take your two “candles”, put them in the bag and go to a dark room. Watch your bush light up! We hope you put it in your room or somewhere in your house to remind you that God still speaks to us today and we can do big things (even in our weaknesses) with God by our side.

Youth Activity

The Bible tells us that “there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land” (Deuteronomy 34:10-11).
  • After reading what happens in Exodus 1-4, how do we get Moses from his birth, sins and call (his origin)?
  • Discover your origin. Where did you come from? How did you get here?
  • What’s your family origin? Ask your parents, grandparents, relatives!
  • What’s your faith origin? How have you come to the place in your faith you’re at now?

Devotions

Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.

 

Joyfully Joining

By Adam VanderStelt

Exodus 3:11 “ But Moses said to God, Who I am that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Doubts: we all have them. I know I sure do.

Pretty much every musician I’ve played with has that nagging doubt of whether or not a performance was adequate. We always wonder how the music landed with the audience and whether or not our best efforts were meaningful to the end result.

And I sometimes doubt my capacity to share the gospel. I’m not a trained pastor, I’m not particularly eloquent when speaking, and I don’t have all the answers, or even half of them.

Sure, I know you don’t need any of those qualifications to evangelize but, man, it sure wouldn’t hurt!

Other times I feel way in over my head, like Moses felt when God tells him he is the man who will lead the people out of Egypt. From the text, you can hear the questions rattling around in Moses’ head: Am I enough? Do I have what it takes? Why me and not someone more equipped?

I’ve got those same kinds of questions: Who am I to raise a family in Christ? Who am I to lead God’s church in worship? Who am I to love and be loved by my spouse?

The reality I’m learning to face is if God has asked me to act, it is because He believes I have the capacity already. He never gives me more than I can handle. He has given me His Spirit which provides me with the love, power, and discipline required for any kingdom endeavor He  might send me on. The same One who calls us also goes with us.

When I read this story, though, I wonder if self-perceived inadequacies are only a part of Moses’ objection. Do you sense some unwillingness in Moses’ questions to God?

I sure do; I sense it in myself. In the moments when God clearly tells me to do something, I start finding some pretty good excuses, hoping a good one might mask my unwillingness to act. But God is not fooled by my excuses.

God seeks to restore all nations and all of creation unto Himself, for His glory. As His kingdom people, we are to join in with His work, joyfully and without excuse. I am learning how joyful God must be when I joyfully join him in the redemption of everything He has created. 

I think that’s something that Moses probably spent his whole life learning. Through Moses’ story  in the Bible, we see a man who started with an unwilling and doubting spirit at the bush, to a man who grew in obedience and, at the end of his life, is grateful and humbled by the calling he received.

I pray others will say the same of me.

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