Moses and The Burning Bush is a powerful account of how God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. This passage not only demonstrates God’s power and faithfulness, but also teaches us valuable lessons about obedience, faith, and trust in God.
- God’s Character.
- God invites us to serve.
- Respond to God’s call.
BIBLE READING: Exodus 3 – 4
MEMORY VERSE: “God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14
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BIBLE STUDY NOTES FOR TEENS
BACKGROUND TO THE PASSAGE
The background of Exodus 14 comes from the larger story of the Israelites in Egypt. The Israelites had been enslaved in Egypt for hundreds of years. God calls Moses from the burning bush and sends him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3-12). After receiving resistance and a series of plagues, Pharaoh finally conceded and allowed the Israelites to depart.
Soon after, Pharaoh changed his mind and quickly set off in pursuit of the Israelites when they were near the Red Sea (Exodus 13 & 14). The Egyptians, fuelled by their rage and thirst for revenge, had mobilised an army and followed on the heels of God’s chosen people. As the Israelites and their pursuers reached the shores, there seemed like there was nowhere to go.
But God parted the sea, creating a pathway for His people (14:21-22). When the last of them had crossed, the waters rushed into place, crashing against the shores with great force and engulfing the Egyptian army and their chariots.
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YOUTH GAMES AND ACTIVITIES – The Red Sea
- Divide the players into pairs.
- One person in each pair will be blindfolded, and the other will lead them around.
- The leader will guide their blindfolded partner through a designated course without letting them touch any obstacles or run into any walls.
- After the activity is complete, gather the group to discuss how trust is essential to navigate challenging situations, just as the Israelites had to trust in God to guide them through the Red Sea.
CROSS THE SEA QUIZ
Materials: cardboard squares, tape, quiz questions
- Create an imaginary sea.
- Divide the youth into teams.
- Explain to the teams that they must cross the sea by only stepping on the cardboard squares. To make a path, each team must answer quiz questions correctly to earn a piece of cardboard.
- Ask each team a quiz question. If a team answers correctly, they receive a piece of cardboard, which they can use to create their path across the sea.
- Make the game challenging by asking different types of questions, such as multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank.
- The first team to build a path through the sea using all their pieces of cardboard wins.
SONGS OF PRAISE
Materials: songs / music
- Choose some hymns or worship song that focuses on praising God for His salvation, such as “Amazing Grace” or “How Great is Our God.”
- Sing the song together.
- After the song, gather the group to discuss how the Israelites praised God for their salvation after crossing the Red Sea and how important it is to express our gratitude to God through worship and praise.
- Talk about other ways we can praise God.