Moses Was Born and Called
“You know no God but me, and no Savior exists besides me.” Hosea 13:4b
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, Moses’ mother was able to care for him. Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s house and then spent years shepherding in Midian before God called him to his task.
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.
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- God saved Moses’ life as a baby.
- God spoke to Moses through a burning bush.
- God chose Moses to save His people.
KEY PASSAGE: Hosea 13:4b
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What would you do if you found a baby alone in a basket?
- How do we know God heard His people’s cries for help? Who can we cry out to when we need help?
- What does God’s name, “I AM WHO I AM” mean? Read
John 8:58. Talk about how Jesus is God the Son.
- Prepare a meal or donate clothes to a family celebrating the birth of a baby or an adoption.
- Take a walk outside. Stop at a bush. Imagine what it would be like to see the bush on fire but not burning up.