JANUARY: Part 3 - What are you gonna do about it?
Over the last four weeks we discussed Moses and his encounter with God at the burning bush in the back of the desert. An unlikely for us to think about when we talk about encountering God. We sometimes think they are these big, glorious moments but that’s not always the case.
Last week we talked about Moses and Aaron’s obedience to what God had called them to do. Continuously going to Pharaoh to ask him to let the Israelites leave Egypt.
See if the students remember any of the Plagues...
- Plague of Blood
- Plague of Frogs
- Plague of Gnats
- Plague of Flies
- Plague against Livestock
- Plague of Festering Boils
- Plague of Hail
- Plague of Locusts
- Plague of Darkness
Pick up in Exodus 11:1
READ + DISCUSS: The Passover
12 ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but thatwhich everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. 17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’”
The Passover happened, because the people of Israel were enslaved to the Egyptians. This set them free. Free of the life they were living and set them up to live the life that God had intended them to live.
In the same way, God sent His Son Jesus some 1400 years later as the perfect sinless Son of God. Jesus came and freed us from the slavery of sin so that we wouldn’t have to pay for it any more.
ASK + DISCUSS: How else does this relate to us now?
God instructed the Israelites to kill their lamb and spread the blood on the wood posts of their doors. This foreshadowed the life of Jesus. Jesus, was considered the perfect “Lamb of God”. Much like the Israelites who spread their blood on the wood posts of their doors. God called Jesus to come, set the example for us to live by (not rules to lives by), and by His will, sacrificed His son for us (His Perfect Lamb) on the cross (Wood posts.)
The invitation you make can free someone from having to pay for their sins. Those names we’ve written down and prayed over the last few weeks. This is their moment to have with God. Their burning bush moment that can change their earthly life but also their eternal life.
THE CHALLENGE: INVITE their friends from their list to next week's House Party.
Take time to ask them how many friends they want to commit to bringing.
Celebrate any number they yell out but also keep them realistic. Bring to reality that if they all only brought one person. That can begin to multiply rooms and what God can do when we are obedient can do some miraculous things.
Pray with the students