Moses Confronts Pharaoh - Exodus 4:18-7:13

God patiently saves despite unbelief.

Sunday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    Moses arrives in Egypt
    2.   God's voice encourages Moses
    3.   Moses confronts Pharaoh with a demonstration of God's power

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read Romans 9:15-18.

Moses asked Pharaoh to allow God's people to go into the desert to worship and hold a festival to God. Pharaoh refused. As we will see later, Pharaoh kept on refusing even after miraculous signs and nine horrible plagues. The Bible says that this happened because God hardened Pharaoh's heart and because Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Both are true.

This is another way in which Moses presents a picture or a foreshadowing of Jesus. Moses was a prophet who brought the word of the Lord to Pharaoh. Jesus was the prophet who brought the word of God to all of us. In Jesus' day, the Hebrew rulers rejected him despite his miracles. So, just as Pharaoh hardened his heart against God's words, many people, then and now, harden their hearts against the good news of Jesus.

In the home

We are on week 29 which starts on page 190 in the Long Story Short devotional. This is a great week to emphasize the importance of having a softened heart that says yes to God. When we have hardened hearts we are rebelling against God are are left cold, harsh, bitter, irritated, and resentful.

If I had a couple of sit down this week with my family, I'd focus in on combining days 1-2 and covering day 4. Days 1-2 expose our tendency to complain just like the Israelites who are not trusting in God. Day 4 calls your family to see God's power and look within to see our response to Him. Is our heart hard towards Jesus and His truth? Or is it soft, allowing Him full access, and wanting to obey Him?

Pray about it! Ask God to help you not complain when things don't go the way you want them to. Ask God to soften your heart so you won't say no to God.

Scripture memory for the month of January

Check out January's bookmark below to see what our kiddos are quoting this month! We will recite the highlighted portion on Sunday February 4th in our Gathering.

Aaron Cotton