When Has God Shown Up?

Lesson 2

 

Lesson Intro for Leaders

In this lesson we’re looking at the times God showed up in the Old Testament. In the story of Moses and the burning bush, we look at why God called Moses to set God’s people free, and how God calls and sends people to show up. Like Moses, God sends us and God goes with us.

When God shows up in the Old Testament, God frequently shows up in fire and frequently calls people to act. God knows what is happening on earth, God feels compassion for people, calls us to feel the same way and, more than that, God calls us to act.

 

Gathering Questions

  1. Share a time when you felt “called” to do something- maybe a time when you had to stand up for a friend, volunteer for a project or cause, or go somewhere new.

  2. Who is someone that you can go to that is your “person”, your “second” or your “ride or die friend.” What makes that person special to you?

  3. Share a time when a parent, teacher, coach, mentor wanted you to do something you REALLY didn’t want to do, but it turned out to be the right thing and you later realized it.

 

Opening Prayer

Supplies: Candle (optional)

As a family/group- have one person read the “leader” parts, and the rest of the family/small group respond in the following call & response prayer below adapted from Psalm 136:1-9. Instruct the person leading the prayer to read the leader part and have the rest of group respond with the response “For God’s love forever!”


Leader: O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: O give thanks to the God of gods, O give thanks to the Lord of lords

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!


Leader: Who alone does great wonders and by understanding made the heavens

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: Who spread out the earth on the waters and made the great lights

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!


Leader: Who made the sun to rule over the day and the moon and stars to rule over the night

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: O give thanks to the God of heaven


All:        For God’s love lasts forever!

 

Alternate Opening Prayer

Gracious God, we know that you are good and that you love endures forever! We give thanks, for we know that you are the Lord of lords, the one who does great wonders throughout heaven and earth. You are the creator of all things and for your creation, we give thanks!

Bless this time together that we might be reminded of your love for us, a love that lasts forever! Amen!

 

Scavenger Hunt

For this activity, call out items one at a time, first one to come back with item gets a point. You may also award point for the largest item or most creative item. Feel free to hand out as many points as you want, because the points don't matter.  Continue for as many items as you desire.

We have supplied a list of items but feel free to think up your own. Consider making the last item something special to them and then give time for some to share why they picked the item.

 

Scripture Reading

Exodus 3:1-12 (NRSV)

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

 

Digging Deeper Questions

Surface: 

  • Moses is told to take off his shoes because he is standing on holy ground. What does holy ground feel like on your feet?

  • God has something that needs to be done, and Moses is supposed to do it. What does God want Moses to do? 

  • Imagine your teacher tells you to go to the principal to tell him or her to let everyone out of school. How would that make you feel? (nervous, excited, scared, confused) Would you want someone to help you? Why or why not?

  • How do you think Moses felt standing before God? 


Deeper: 

  • How does God identify Godself? Why should it matter to Moses that God was the God of his ancestors?

  • God wants something done and Moses is supposed to do it. How does God know what needs to be done? (verses 7-9) Why does God want it done?

  • Reread verse 11. Who helps Moses? 

  • Does Moses need God to show up or does God need Moses to show up?


Deepest: ​

  • God needs something done and sends a person to do it. Why do you think God chooses to work through people?

  • How does God ignite a passion in you, in us and in others? 

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Cast That...

Think for a second about what it would look like if this story of Moses. If you were to remake this story as a Movie, Tv Show, Video Game, who would you cast for the parts below? What kind of movie would it be? (Romantic Comedy, Action, Adventure, Mystery, etc.) This is your creation so there are no wrong answers here.

Type of Movie: (Pick one or More)

 Action            Horror         Romance

Adventure      Mystery       Western

Animation       SciFi            Other

Roles to Cast:

Moses

Pharaoh

Pharaoh's Daughter

Moses Brother

Moses Mother

* Any other people you want to cast

* For those that want to share their creation we have a forum designed for you to share your creation with other Bridgeport in a Box Campers. Through out the summer we will be showcasing these creations on our website and social media. If we share yours then we will send you a little something from our online Snack Shack. 

 

Relatable Story:
Greta Thunberg

Supplies: Device with Internet Access

When rabbis tell the story of Moses and the burning bush, they suggest that the bush was burning for a long time and Moses kept walking past it, until one day it caught his attention. The rabbis also saw that the Hebrew words for “flame” and “heart” are very similar. They wondered if God used a burning bush to show Moses God’s heart for God’s people. They knew that God is always with us and that sometimes people are slow to understand what God wants for us. We know the rest of this story. God called Moses to take on the most powerful man in the world, which is a scary thing to do, but God wanted to free the Hebrews from slavery. God was sending Moses, but God was also with him, working through him.


Greta Thunberg is a 17-year-old girl from Sweden who is working to save the world from climate change. She learned about climate change when she was 8 and was depressed because she didn’t understand why people weren’t doing more about it.

Watch the video below and then answer the questions

Greta does not claim to be answering a call from God, but the experience she had when she was 8 showed her that she had a heart for the issue of climate change. That is the call she is answering. Greta heard a call and took it upon herself to do the difficult job, a lot like Moses facing down Pharaoh. Like Moses, she has powerful opponents, but also like Moses, she has powerful allies.


After watching video about Greta, answer the following questions.

  • What stands out to you about Greta?

  • How do you think what she is passionate about could be a calling from God?

  • How has Greta been able to stand up and be influential to powerful opponents?

  • The Hebrew words for “flame” and “heart” are very similar. What about the conversation at the burning bush reveals God’s heart? 

 
 

Closing Discussion

Spend some time discussing and reflecting on this lesson and then close with a prayer below.

  • After this lesson, how would you answer the question: When has God shown up?

  • What are some other times in scripture when God has shown up?

What to Remember:

God calls and sends us to do God’s work 

 

Getting Ready for Prayer

(Optional)

Given that we are called by God and sent by God:

  • If you close your eyes, can you hear your own heartbeat?  Try.

  • If you close your eyes, place your hand over your heart and beat, thump-thump, thump-thump, thump-thump, can you hear the heartbeats of others around you?  Try.

  • Could it be that our heartbeats are God’s call and the very thing that sends us out to make the world a better place?  


While you think about these questions:  stand up, feet together, arms behind you, head bowed and listen for heart beats during this prayer.  

 

Closing Prayer

Invite the students to pray with you as you read the prayer below.


Go out into the world to join God in the work of love, of peace, of justice.

Take in the breath of life.

Take off your shoes.

Know that you are ever in the presence of the Holy and Living God.


Go in peace. Amen.

 

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