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Moses’ First Miracles

At the Agnew Academy (the name I gave our homeschool), I get to teach our kids on Friday and at other opportunities.  I look forward to this part of the week so much!  I love spending intentional, formative times with my children.

One of the curriculums we use is a writing program called Bible Heroes.

“In these lessons, you will learn how to write with structure and with style.  You will write exciting stories, reports, and creative essays.”

As part of an assignment to utilize their writing and to work with their training with typing, I showed the boys how to blog.  The rest of this post and the artwork comes from Obadiah (8):

Obadiah’s Blog

The work of Obadiah, this is (I am talking in Yoda voice.). You see, started with a notebook, I did, and I then copied it on here.

Part 1

Moses was out in his field when he saw something amazing. It was a bush on fire, but it was not burned! God called Moses from the bush. God would send Moses to the mighty pharaoh. Moses was very afraid, but God said, ”of course I will be with you.” God worked many marvelous signs before the pharaoh through Moses.

Part 2

Moses led the Israelites, who now were not slaves, out of fierce Egypt. When the pharaoh saw what was happening, the Egyptians chased them. The Israelites were trapped by the Red Sea, but when Moses lifted his rod, the water parted! Moses’ people walked on dry land. The pharaoh dared to follow in, and the water crashed back down. The Israelites were saved by God through Moses.

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The LORD Will Fight for You While You Keep Silent

As the children of Israel left Egypt and crossed the Red Sea, God reminded the people of his power.  When it seemed as if there was no way out, God showed up and delivered them yet again.  The incredible story is recounted in Exodus 13:17-14:31.  Exodus 15 is the first worship song recorded in the Bible and it is simply spectacular.

Here are some notes:

  1. God did not send Israel by the fastest way but the best way.  They were not prepared for that opposition.
  2. God knows us better than we even know ourselves.
  3. Israel had the tools for battle (Ex. 13:18), but they were not prepared for how to use them.
  4. The Israelites did not know the path, but they knew the guide.
  5. God is in control of this situation by even setting the stage for only him to get the glory.
  6. God uses unusual strategies for victory.
  7. Never let the presence of your enemies cause you to forget the presence of your God (Ex. 14:10).
  8. Watch what can happen when we lay down our arms and see what God’s can do (Ex. 14:14).
  9. Moses stretched out his hand, but God did the rest.
  10. Leadership integrity takes patience (Ex. 14:31).
  11. A saved people should be a singing people (Ex. 15:1).

Never let the presence of your enemies cause you to forget the presence of your God.

The Pharaohs of This World Are No Match for the Great I AM

God is God alone.  He demonstrates his glory by comforting his people and confronting those who oppose him.

When Moses confronts Pharaoh, this ruler believes he is more powerful than the great I AM.  He pridefully states he doesn’t know who this God is.  He is about to find out.

Here are some notes:

  1. Pharaoh is about to get a front-row seat to know who the LORD is (Ex. 5:2).
  2. The goal is for people to know the LORD – Israel (Ex. 6:7), Egypt (Ex. 7:5). witnesses (Ex. 18:11; Josh. 2:8-11; Judg. 2:2-11; 1 Sam. 4:7-8; 6:6), and subsequent readers (Ps. 105; Isa. 63:7-14).
  3. Moses’ obedience made the circumstances worse.
  4. When God expects immediate obedience, we should not expect immediate prosperity.  God works on a different timetable.
  5. Moses was not fearful of the visible one but the Invisible One (Heb. 11:27).
  6. Moses had a crisis of belief but took it to the proper person (Ex. 5:22).
  7. God’s promise to Moses reveals a coming liberation (Ex. 6:6; cf. Gal. 1:14), redemption (Ex. 6:6; cf. Gal. 4:4-7), adoption (Ex. 6:7; cf. Rom. 9:4; 1 John 3:1), and inheritance (Ex. 6:8; cf. 1 Pet. 1:4; Matt. 5:5).
  8. Knowledge of our inheritance helps us endure hardships.
  9. The goal of the plagues was for the Egyptians to know the LORD (Ex. 7:17).
  10. The Nile river was the lifeblood of Egypt and a god to them.
  11. God hit them at the place of their pride.
  12. This blood in the Nile (Ex. 7:20) is representative of a former blood shed there (Ex. 1:22).

Moses, a Bush on Fire, and the Almighty’s Plan

As we continue going through the Bible, we have now approached Exodus.

God responded to Israel’s terrible plight by listening to the prayers of his oppressed people, revealing his character to Moses, and promising to deliver and redeem them.

Here are some notes:

  1. Moses attempted to deliver God’s people but tried through his hands (Ex. 2:12).
  2. “I am the God of your father” (Ex. 3:6).  If God approached my children with this description of himself, would they feel relieved, confused, or disgusted?  That answer has more to do with their perception of me than their perception of him.
  3. Don’t miss the proximity of these characters.  The Pharaoh that died (Ex. 2:23) was Moses’ adopted grandfather.
  4. God will never forget about his people (Ex. 2:24).
  5. No greater reassurance than to realize God is aware of our suffering (Ex. 2:25).
  6. God has a uniquely perceptive, attentive nature.
  7. Bush on fire – take this message seriously.
  8. God had a history to communicate (Ex. 3:6-10).
  9. When God instructed Moses to take of his sandals, he was saying stop out of your past (record on his sandals) and step out of the work of your hands.
  10. The mentioning of these names (Ex. 3:6) do not conjure up thoughts of faithful patriarchs but a faithful God!
  11. God promised to save them from something for something.
  12. It’s not about who I am, it’s about who is I AM (Ex. 3:11).
  13. When God calls, if I look to self, I am filled with fear, but if I look to God, I am filled with faith.
  14. If God calls you to do something bigger than yourself, stop looking at yourself.
  15. The greatest promise of God is the presence of God (Ex. 3:12).
  16. God doesn’t involve us in his work because he needs us; he includes us because he wants us.
  17. “I AM WHO I AM.”  God is absolutely central.  God actually “is.”
  18. God defines himself.  He is the self-existent one.  He is not defined by on jurisdiction.
  19. God’s existence and character are determined by himself alone.
  20. Moses’ excuse (Ex. 4:10-11) was irreverent and irrelevant.

Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. (‭Exodus‬ ‭14‬:‭16‬ ESV)

Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. (‭Exodus‬ ‭14‬:‭16‬ ESV)

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