Moses plays a very prominent part in the Old Testament both as a leader of the Israelites and as a writer of the books of the Bible, but what about his faith? God’s hand was on Moses from birth, helping him escape death by the Egyptians and in raising him as a son of Pharaoh where he was educated under the best instructors of the time. God prepared Moses for the work he would call him to later in life.
Moses was also one of the privileged few who have actually heard God’s voice and experienced his glory. I am writing this post because I’ll be teaching 5th graders about the faith of Moses and I find writing helps me clarify my own thoughts. This is not meant to be a Sunday School lesson but I’ll provide some of the resources I’m using at the end. It seems to me that with everything Moses experienced he would have been a very forceful leader for God, but on several occasions that did not happen.
He first met God through the burning bush where God actually talked to him. The story is found in Exodus 3 and 4. When God spoke to Abraham he listened and moved. When God spoke to Moses he tried his best to get God to change his mind. Even after he finally went Pharaoh would not listen to him and Moses complained to God. After he had seen God’s glory when God gave him the 10 Commandments he listened to the leaders of Israel and did not go into the territory that would become Israel. I would have expected that he would have told the people that God had brought them out of Egypt, promised them their own country and that he was going in with our without the people of Israel.
Moses and faith – How you can live a life of passionately following Jesus
Least I judge Moses to hard what have we been given and how do we respond? God has given us the Bible so we can read the many stories of people living (or not living) out their life as God wanted. Since Jesus came, died and sent the Holy Spirit each believer has also had God living in them, an experience that radically changed the Apostles, members of the early church and many people around the world today.
God gave Moses what seemed like a huge task: Free 1 million people from Pharaoh and move them back into the land that God gave Abraham. It was a task that should have taken three months but that ended up taking him the rest of his life. God has given us a task that is even bigger. Everyone who becomes a Christian is instructed to go make other disciples. What is known as the Great Commission is found in every Gospel. I’ve quoted from Matthew 28 in God’s Word translation: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.
What will your story look like at the end of your life? Are you focused on serving Him or serving yourself? Where are you storing up treasures? Living a life of faith, trusting in Jesus is not always hard. Yes many people I know have sold what they owned and left to be a missionary in another country, but God needs people who serve him right here. Sometimes it is as simple as paying for someone’s meal. In the video below you’ll see how one very simple act changed the lives of many. That is probably something we all can do.
Try saying a prayer something like this one: Lord Jesus I know you want people who love you with all of their heart, soul and mind. People who are willing to listen and follow you. Help me to be one of those people. Every morning let me wake up and live my life serving you.
Sunday School Resources on Moses
Back to our Sunday School class. We’re spending four weeks studying Moses through various ways: art, music, Scripture and media. This week is media so I’m going to use these videos to help our kids understand Moses, his faith and how God calls us to live a life of obedience to him.
Story of Moses. This animated video does a good job telling about the history God’s people during the time of Moses.
How do you put faith in action?
Recommended books and resources
These resources are mix between helping you grow in your faith and helping children develop their faith.
- Crazy Love by Francis Chan – God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you’ve verbalized it yet or not, we all know something’s wrong.
- Awakening by Matt Brown -We keep hearing about weakening faith in our country, but God is alive and well in America. He is working right here and now in people of faith. This book will awaken your heart and soul to his presence and to the power of Christianity today, which will in turn ignite your faith and change your world. Christians in America are inundated with negative stories and statistics about the decline of the faith. Awakening is a very encouraging counter balance of astounding stories of God at work all around the world, and it will inspire you to take part.
- Teaching children about the birth of Moses – Craft card by Memory Cross
- Moses and the burning bush – Craft card by Memory Cross that helps children remember this story.
- Moses parting the Red Sea – craft card by Memory Cross
- Sunday School lessons about Moses – Ministry to Children – free resources.
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