Summary: Let God guide you with a humble, reverent and believing attitude.
Unit 16 – Deliverance From Egypt
Lesson 45 – Moses and the Burning Bush – Exodus 3-4
Preparation for the Teacher
1. Aim: To lead the people to understand how to let God guide them with a humble, reverent and believing attitude.
2. Explanation of the Aim: Some people struggle to know the will of God for their life because they fail to approach Him with the right attitude. When the Lord called Moses he is serving as a humble shepherd in Midian. Sometimes God calls us to be in high places and at other times in modest places of service. We must allow God to change us as well as how we serve Him according to His will.
3. The Bible Story: The life of Moses is divided into three forty year periods. The first forty he spent as a prince in Pharaoh’s court, the second as a shepherd in Midian, the third as a king in Jeshurun. God sometimes allows conditions to get harder so He can do greater things in and through us. Do not assume that you will always remain in one type of ministry. When God first calls Moses, he is tending sheep. The Lord always calls active not lazy people. Even though it might seem that Moses was not trained for this activity God wanted to develop meekness and contentment in a man who would one day lead Israel out of Egypt and toward the promised land.
Application: Never think you are too big to do a small work for God.
4. Prepare to Teach: The INTRODUCTION asks the people the question:
“What are some of the ways that God guides us? (The Bible, godly counsel, prayer, godly experience, godly relationships, wisdom, love, glory to God, evangelism, peace, fruitfulness etc) Find out how the people can know what is the best decision for their future career? How can one know they are really in the center of the will of God?
The BIBLE STORY teaches how Moses not only learned about God’s will but also about His Holy attributes. God learned to tell the Egyptian Pharaoh that the great I AM (One of God’s name that describes His eternal power and unchangeable character in a world where values, morals and laws constantly change we always find stability and security in our Lord) had sent him.
The MEANING FOR OUR LIVES gives the people an opportunity to make applications from the lesson. Ask the people how the Lord guided a reluctant Moses? Why is it wrong to give God excuses for failing to do His will as Moses tried to do? What are some of the criteria by which a person can know they are in the will of God?
Ask the people the question: “What are some of the ways that God guides us?” (The Bible, godly counsel, godly relationships, godly experience, obedience, trust, prayer, wisdom, love, glory to God, evangelism, peace, fruitfulness etc) Find out how the people can know what is the best decision for their future career? How can one know if they are really at the center of the will of God?
The Bible Story
It is important to note that God appears first to Moses when he is serving as a humble shepherd in Midian. God may call us people from the most humble places of service when they are least expecting a major change in their lifestyles.
We always need to be prepared for God to direct us in whichever way He wants us to go. The Lord begins to guide Moses by revealing more of His holy attributes to Moses.
When Moses asks God, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they won’t believe me. They will ask, ‘Which god are you talking about? What is his name? Then what should I tell them.” (Ex. 3:13)
Then the Lord said, I AM THE ONE WHO ALWAYS IS. Do not be discouraged if the people around you does not know God or understand how He is directing you. God wanted Moses to know that the holy God is unchangeable, stable and fully capable to provide whatever is needed for godly people to accomplish His will in and through them.
We can count on God to be completely dependable even though other people and our circumstances may constantly change. Help people to first gain great power through the praise of God and His attributes before trying to teach them about making decisions concerning God’s will. Because Moses was alone in a remote place he could focus all of his attention on God and His directives. Being alone forces us to rememeber that Jesus is a good friend to in our times of communion with God. When we are humble enough to admit our weaknesses, than God can be made strong through His all sufficient grace working through us.