Sunday School Material 11-3-13: God Prepares for Deliverance

(Exodus 3:7-17; 11/3/13)

Introduction::A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is God called Moses to lead God’s people out of Egypt. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to hear and obey what God is calling us to do today.

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Body:

Read Exodus 3:7-10

I. God Sees. God has seen and heard the suffering and cries of His people. God talks to Moses about the next steps. Moses is being sent by God to Pharaoh to bring God’s people out of Egypt into the home of the Canaanites and others.

Applications -

- God’s concern for His people. Notice in vs. 7 of the Sunday School material that God sees and hears the suffering of His people, and He is concerned. First, we should be thankful that God sees and hears. He is not so far away that He doesn’t see our pain.

Second, when God sees His people suffering, He is concerned. He is not apathetic towards our being mistreated.

Third, the Israelites were God’s people by way of blood relationship with Abraham. Today, we are God’s people by way of faith in Jesus as our savior. Let’s work on insuring we are God’s people and rejoicing in His care for us.

- God’s plan. Notice in vs. 8 of the Sunday School material that God had a plan to deliver His people out of slavery and into a land of their own. First, God doesn’t simply have pity on His people. He has compassion - pity with action.

Second, God’s plan in our text includes taking from the Canaanites and giving to the Israelites. Proverbs 13:22 teaches that the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous. Third, God’s plan included Moses’ participation.

In like manner, God wants us to have living and working faith in Him and His will. Let’s work on trusting God’s plan for our lives enough to obey His instructions to us.

Read Exodus 3:11-15

II. God Explains. In our Sunday School material Moses has apprehensions. God assures Moses that He will be with him. Moses wants to know what to say to the Israelites. God tells Moses to tell the people that “I Am Who I Am” has sent me.

Applications -

- Trusting God’s empowerment. Notice in vss. 11-13 that Moses is concerned about God’s assignment for him. First, if God was not going with Moses then the assignment was way too big for Moses to do by himself.

In like manner, God often gives us more than we can handle by ourselves, so He can get the glory out of our success.

Second, with God, Moses was able to carry out the assignment. In like manner, when God sends us to do a good work, He accompanies and empowers us to do His will. We are not in it by ourselves.

Third, Moses expressed concerned about the Israelites. It can be so difficult to minister to your own. On one hand, we should trust God to empower us to minister to our own.

On the other hand, we should work on being easier to get along with. Let’s work on discerning God’s will for our lives and trusting Him to see us through.

- I Am Who I Am. Notice in vss. 14-15 of our Sunday School material that God talks about being “I Am Who I Am.” He goes on to talk about being the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He infers that He is the God who will take care of His people in the future.

First, God is self-existent.  He is God all by Himself. No matter what happens to the economy, national governments, global climate, our health, or our relationships, God is still God. Thank God for His being independent from the sinking sands that we see.

Second, God did not just pop up in our generation. God has been God for our fore parents and will be God long after we are gone. This should give some comfort to those who are concerned about the generations to come.

Let’s live like we believe that God is self-existent. Such living should include obedience - accepting Christ as savior by faith and loving God and others, as we love ourselves.

Read Exodus 3:16-17

III. God Sends. In our Sunday School material God instructs Moses to assemble the elders of Israel. Moses is to talk to them about how God has seen and heard the suffering.

Moses is to talk to them about how God is going to lead the people from Egypt to the land flowing with milk and honey.

Applications -

- After the talk. Notice in vs. 16 of our Sunday School material that after the exchange between God and Moses, God expected Moses to obey His instructions. In like manner, the more we talk with God, in prayer and His word, the more we should obey His will.

Too whom much is given, much is required. Let’s make sure we give our best to obeying God’s will, instead of simply being in awe of our experiences with Him.

- Teamwork. Notice in vs. 17 that Moses talks to the Elders in preparation for talking with the people and then carrying out the assignment.

First, it is good to have some helpers who can advice the leader and help the leader carry out God’s assignment. If God has blessed you to be a helper, do your best in service.

Second, there is some merit to making change a process, when you can. Just as it took some time for Moses to actually lead the people out of Egypt, it can be helpful to let people know what is coming, before it actually comes.

Let’s work on doing our part in what God is calling His people to do.

Conclusion: Let’s work on hearing and obeying what God is calling us to do today.God has much for those who obey His will.

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