Moses was born into a culture that hated his people. If you remember, the Israelites—descendants of Israel (Jacob)—had set up their home in Egypt when a famine forced them to seek out food. They became so numerous that Pharaoh felt threatened and forced them into slavery. But their families still grew, and Pharaoh instituted an unimaginable method of population control: kill all of the baby boys.
Moses’ story is a clear picture of God’s sovereignty. Not only was Moses’ life spared by the Egyptian princess,
Imagine the encounter between God and Moses at the burning bush. God drew a curious Moses to Himself and then spoke: “Moses, Moses!”
God identified Himself as the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. He testified to His own grace: “I have observed the misery of my people … and I know about their sufferings … I am sending you … so that you may lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt” (Ex. 3:7-10).
God revealed His name: “I AM WHO I AM.” The most basic and important fact about God is that He exists; He always has and always will exist. God does not change. God revealed to Moses who He is so that the people would trust in Him.
Help your kids understand that God saved Moses’ life and called him to rescue God’s people from slavery. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue—the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people. Jesus gave up His life to save us from slavery to sin.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS
•What name did God use to identify Himself to Moses? (See Exodus 3:13-14.)
•The story of Moses points to whose greater calling and rescue? (the call of Jesus to come to earth to save people from sin)
•How can God use you? How can you give Him the credit?
FAMILY ACTIVITY: Use the Internet to research different ways to waterproof materials. Work together as a family to waterproof winter clothing, and discuss what Moses’ mother did to protect his basket.