Use this lesson to teach kids how God helps with difficult tasks.
Today’s lesson from Exodus 3 and 4 describes the tough assignment God gave to Moses at the start of Moses’ leadership within the nation of Israel.
Young people your age are asked to do different kinds of jobs. Some of the work might seem easy to you, but other times it can be harder or just plain tough.
We’re usually more willing to attempt to do things we feel comfortable doing, aren’t we? But what about those tasks where we might fail?
Moses had tried to help God’s people and failed miserably. Now God had a new and difficult task for him. Do you think Moses will try again?
Objective: That your students will discuss how God answered Moses’ excuses after calling him to complete a difficult task.
Review with your students. Moses had been born around the time that Pharaoh ordered the deaths of all male babies.
Moses’ mother and sister Miriam hid Moses; then they placed him in the Nile, where he was rescued by the daughter of Pharaoh. This daughter of Pharaoh raised Moses as her own son.
When Moses was about 40 years old, he tried to help the Hebrew people by killing an Egyptian. He had to run away from Egypt, because Pharaoh wanted to kill him.
After Moses’ failure, he fled from Egypt. But God hadn’t forgotten about the Hebrews or Moses. This was all part of God’s master plan in which Moses was to play an important part.
Have students find Exodus 3 in their Bibles.
Ask a student to read Exodus 3:2-3.
Ask for a volunteer to read the Exod. 3:7, 10-12.
Ask for another volunteer to read Exod. 4:10-15.
We can see that God was ready to provide for Moses’ needs by sending Aaron along with Moses, and by showing Moses how powerful He is. That knocked down every excuse that Moses had. Now, let’s take a look at some other ways that God prepared Moses for the assignment
The places where Moses was before this week’s Bible story (Exodus 1-2) were Goshen, the Nile River, and Midian. Point out how the Lord used the years Moses lived in Midian to prepare him to carry out God’s plan of salvation.
Lead a discussion on the progression of Moses’ thinking.
Objective: That your students will describe ways the Lord strengthens His followers so they can tackle difficult tasks.
When we are faced with hard tasks, it isn’t always easy to accept the challenge, is it? The Bible study today was about someone who had a really tough assignment.
We saw how reluctant Moses was to do what God told him to do. But God didn’t just cross His arms and wait for Moses to muddle through the job alone.
He gave Moses the help He promised, and Moses was able to complete the work.
In our own lives, each of us has to face hard jobs. But we aren’t on our own—we have God’s help, even when we think we can’t do the work. In what tough assignment can you really use some help from God?
Let some students share their thoughts on specific tasks they know they have to face. Accept the ideas the students offer, as long as they are real-life situations that they will deal with in the next short while.
Some ideas you might hear: doing a hard school assignment or taking a test, finishing a project, playing in an athletic event, making friends in a new environment, doing some assigned task at home.
As your young people share their thoughts, show that you care about what they’re saying by listening carefully and giving each student your full attention. Set a good, caring atmosphere for others to listen: discourage whispering, creating distractions, or goofing off.
Have the class read this week’s Key Verse (Exodus 4:12) together. Then discuss these questions:
Objective: That your students will agree to tackle a difficult task for God.
It means we have a choice to do something willingly—without being forced to do it.
In what ways will you accept the challenge to serve God?
Suggest that students select one of the following: Clean your room or do some other chore for a whole week without being asked and without grumbling. Cheerfully help a younger brother or sister with homework or a chore. Make up your mind not to talk back to your parents. Share the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection with a person you don’t know very well. Make friends with an enemy. Break a bad habit or help a friend do so.
Allow time for students to choose a specific task and write it down. Remember, God will provide you with the help you need to complete the task, just as He promised to help Moses!
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Echoes Elementary consists of age-appropriate lessons that match the growing independence and responsibility of elementary students—especially their capacity to apply Bible truths and more deeply grasp the love of God.
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