Last Sunday our children in Base Camp 4/5s, Climb and Summit were taught about Moses’ birth and his calling. The story of Moses’ birth is one of the most spectacular stories in the Bible. Not only did God save Moses from the evil intentions of Pharaoh, He actually used the evil Pharaoh to raise the child that would provide salvation for His people. Moses’ early life was tumultuous at best. Little is known of his upbringing beyond what is recorded in the early verses of Exodus 1. We do know that Moses grew up in the Pharaoh’s household and most likely learned much about Egyptian life. Moses had to move away after killing an Egyptian, but years later he had an encounter with God that changed his life forever.
Exodus 1:8–2:10,23-25; 3:1–4:20
Christ Connection: God saved Moses for a special purpose: to rescue His people. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue—the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people from their sin. Moses and Jesus both obeyed God’s commands in order to carry out His plan of salvation. Moses delivered God’s people from physical captivity; Jesus delivered God’s people from captivity to sin.
Supplies Needed: Bible; brick, heavy book, or canned item
Gather your family and tell them you have some hard work for them to do. Demonstrate lifting the brick up and down over your head until you cannot anymore. Encourage the others to count as you lift. Challenge each family member to do the same. See who can do the most reps.
Read Exodus 1:6-8,11,14; 2:23-25
Ask: What happened to the Israelites after Joseph died?
Say: The Israelites were made to work hard labor building with brick and mortar and working in the fields for the Egyptians. But God heard their cry and called Moses to deliver the Israelites. God spoke to Moses and told him His plan.
Read Exodus 3:1-10.
God used Moses to rescue the Israelites from slavery. He delivered them all out of Egypt and eventually into the promised land. God wanted them to be free to worship Him. In the same way, God sent Jesus to rescue us from our sin. Moses delivered the Israelites from slavery; Jesus delivers anyone who wants to be free from sin. A calling only Jesus could do.
We pray that these devotions are useful as you take the lesson home and further the teaching.