After fleeing Egypt, Moses went to the land of Midian. The Midianites were distant cousins of the Israelites through Abraham’s second wife, Keturah. When he arrives, he helps the daughter of Jethro (a priest of Midian) to protect and water their sheep. After Moses helped them, their father took Moses into their home and he married Zipporah one of the daughters. They had a son and Moses lived in the land for 40 years (Acts 7:30). During this time, the Pharaoh of Egypt died and the people of Israel cried out to God to rescue them.
One day while Moses was out tending the sheep there was a bush on fire. Now in the desert bushes catch fire all the time but this was special because it wasn’t burning up! When Moses approached the bush, God began to speak to him. God told Moses to take off his sandals because he was on holy ground and then God identified Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moses was understandably afraid! Can you imagine God speaking to you out of a bush on fire? But God continued by telling Moses that He has heard the cried of His people and He was going to use Moses to rescue His people from slavery in Egypt and take them to a wonderful land.
Now I don’t know how you would feel about being chosen to lead a large group of people, but Moses was pretty sure he was the wrong choice!! Moses first asked what to do if the people of Israel didn’t believe him. And God told him what to tell them. Then Moses asked what if they didn’t believe that. So God gave Moses 3 miraculous signs to show them: first when he threw his staff (or big stick) onto ground it would turn into a snake and when he picked it up it became a stick again. Second when Moses stuck his hand in his jacket it got all covered in a disease called leprosy which makes your skin all ugly and white. Then when he stuck his hand back in his jacket it would come out perfect again. (There was no known way to cure this disease at the time) The last sign was to take water out of the river and pour it on the ground and it would become blood. Now I don’t know about you but if God made all those miraculous things happen in front of me, I’m pretty sure I would be convinced I should do the job but Moses had one more argument.
He reminded God that he wasn’t a very good speaker. At this point God got irritated. And if you or I got irritated we would just go ask someone else, but God knew Moses was the man for the job. So God told Moses he would allow his brother Aaron to help him out by doing the public speaking. God would speak to Moses, who would talk to Aaron who would then talk to Pharaoh and the people.
So what can we learn from Moses? God doesn’t give up on his people. God knew Moses was the man for the job so He made a way for Moses to do the job. God also had not forgotten about all the children of Israel and His promise to give them a land of their own. So, if God calls you to do something you can be sure you are the perfect person to do it, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now!
Have each person tell one thing they are good at and one thing that is hard for them. Then discuss how God could possibly use each person’s strengths and ways he could use their weaknesses.
For example, strength: Love music: lead worship, write songs
Struggle: Trouble reading: when they are older they may work with kids and be an example that they can get through their problems