God Speaks to Moses
God Tells His People Who He Is
Exodus 3:1 – 15; 33:18 – 34:8
- Take an opportunity to read through the passages above. Also read about how Moses came to be in the situation in which He found himself. Explain to your children the steps that God took to make sure that Moses was exactly who He wanted him to be.
o Moses was born in a time when the Israelites were multiplying beyond the control of the Pharaoh. Because of this, Pharaoh decided to kill any babies that the Hebrews had that were boys. Moses was spared because of a great act of faith. Share with your children how God used horrible circumstances to bring about protection for his people.
- Discuss Moses and the burning bush
o God was calling Moses by name from the bush and told him that he wanted him to go to Pharaoh and deliver a message from Him. Moses was nervous about the prospect of going before Pharaoh because he had ran away many years ago because he had killed an Egyptian trying to help the Hebrews, and they had only mocked him. God gave Moses encouragement and told Him that this time it would be His power that would do the work and Moses wouldn’t have to rely upon his own abilities.
- Strong Theology – Doctrine of God
o This is a wonderful opportunity to look and define something about God’s essence or substance. God is made of substance, it is a spiritual (what we can’t touch) rather than material (what we can touch) substance. In this particular passage of scripture you are clearly given one of these attributes of God’s essence. We see that God is self-existent. We see His proclamation that He is the First Cause, he is uncaused by anything or anyone. Also we see that God is not dependent, as we are, on anyone or anything outside of Himself to exist. We require an outside force to continue to exist, such as food and water, while God does not. When we see God tell Moses that His name is “I Am Who I Am,” He is sharing with him that He is completely self-existent.
- God is also Compassionate
o He cares about people’s sorrow
- God is Gracious
o He treats people better than they deserve
This Weeks Verse:
- Psalm 9:10 – And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Suggested Activities for the Week:
- Show your children the word “Lord” in Exodus 4:10, and the word “LORD” in small capital in the same verse. Our English Bibles translate God’s covenant name as Lord. “Lord” without capitals means lord or master. Look through the Old Testament for examples of both.
- God’s name stands for who he is. “Bad words” are rude or not nice to say, but the misuse of any form of God’s name is a sin. It dishonors God, and God forbids it in the third commandment.
- Search the Psalms for references to praising or trusting in God’s name. Here, too, God’s name stands for all he is and does.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Material Based Upon
Mighty acts of God: a family Bible storybook, Starr Meade – Tim O’Connor – Crossway Books – 2010; Pg. 41 – 43