We cannot do anything for God unless He helps us.
Moses Kills an Egyptian:
One day when Moses was forty years old, while he was walking he saw an
Egyptian man beating one of the Hebrews. This upset Moses because
he loved God and God's people, and so he killed that Egyptian! This
was a very bad thing to do and so Moses quickly buried the Egyptian, hoping
no one would find out about it.
However, on the very next day he discovered that at some of the Hebrews knew
what he had done, and he feared that many others might know about it.
He was in deep trouble, for the king had heard what he had done and ordered
that Moses be put to death!
But God still loved Moses and helped him to escape from Egypt. Now it
seemed that Moses would never be able to lead God's people out of Egypt!
But God had a plan and Moses first had to learn some very important
lessons. And that's the way it turned out. Moses had to flee out
of Egypt to save his life and so he travelled to the land of Midian.
He was a stranger there but found his way to a large well and watched some
shepherds as they brought their flocks to get water. As Moses sat
there, seven young ladies came to water their father's flock. The
shepherds who were watering their own flocks didn't want these maidens to
get water, and so they chased them away. Moses didn't like this at all,
so he argued with them until the young ladies were able to get some water
and then he helped them water their flock.
When the maidens returned to their home, they told their father what this kind
man had done for them. Their father whose name was Jethro, sent for
Moses and liked Moses so much that he offered him his daughter Zipporah in
marriage. Moses was happy to accept Zipporah and married her. In
this way he became one of the family and went to work for Jethro taking care
of his sheep.
Moses worked there as a shepherd for forty years. How old would that
make Moses? (Let the children respond). Yes, he was forty years
old when he left Egypt, and he worked forty years for Jethro, his father-in-law,
and so he was eighty years old! Although Moses was an old man, he was
still strong and healthy, and able to do the great work which God had planned
for him to do.
The Burning Bush:
One day as Moses was watching the sheep, he was attracted to a bush which
seemed to be on fire. He went closer to the bush and noticed that
while flames were leaping up from it, the bush itself was not being
destroyed by the fire. Moses saw that this was no ordinary fire.
And then he heard a voice speaking to him, telling him to take off his
shoes because he was standing on holy ground. Moses soon realised that
God was speaking to him.
It was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This was no Stranger as his
mother had told him about this wonderful God who had made promises to
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was the God of the Israelite people who
was speaking to him. God told Moses that the time had come for the
Hebrews to be delivered from their slavery in Egypt.
God Prepares Moses:
God told Moses that he the one who would lead God's people out of Egypt.
Forty years before this Moses had been very brave when he killed that
Egyptian, but now it was very different. He humbly told God that he
didn't think that he would be capable to do such a great work.
Of course, Moses could not do this great task by himself. And that is
what God wanted him to learn. So God told Moses that He would give him
all the help he needed. God also told him that he would arrange for his
brother Aaron to go with him when he appeared before Pharaoh, and that Aaron,
who was a good speaker, would talk for Moses.
When Moses learned that God would help him, he agreed to do his very best.
That's all we can do, isn't it? Do you always do your best when
your mother or father, or your teacher ask you to do something for them?
(Let the children respond
). Yes, we need to remember that we
cannot please God or do anything for Him unless He helps us.
And, because God will help us, we can do anything for God that He wants us to
do. Be like Moses and do your very best to please God in all you do