*Today’s lesson is based on Exodus 24
- That was a fun way to get to know your family a little bit better! Did anyone’s responses surprise you?
- When you really get to know someone and spend time with them, it means that you are in a relationship with them. Today we’re going to review the story of Moses and talk about how God was showing his people all along that he wanted to have a relationship with them. He wanted them to know what He was like, and to be like Him!
- When Moses came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments, how do you think the people responded?
- Let’s check out Exodus 24:3 together to find out!
- The people said: “Everything the Lord has said we will do!”
- When the Israelites agreed to obey God, they agreed to a covenant with Him. Do you know what a covenant is? A covenant is a special promise.
- What was God’s promise to His people? That He would be with them, and they would be His people!
- What was the promise God’s people made back to Him? To obey his commands.
- God initiated relationship with His people. (To initiate means to start).
- He didn’t just take them out of slavery in Egypt and tell them to figure things out on their own, he provided for them (with manna and water) and he gave them some guidelines for what it meant to be His people!
- God STILL initiates relationship with US! Have you ever felt close to God when you were praying, or heard the Holy Spirit speak to you? His Spirit leads us as we live in relationship with Him! He may not give us stone tablets, but he teaches us and guides us and loves us. The Bible says that we are his children, we’re in relationship with Him too!
In the Commandments that God gave His people, he made it clear that they were to love and worship only Him, AND that they were to love their neighbors! Think of someone today that your family can initiate relationship with. Perhaps you could write a letter or a card, look for someone who is being left out on the playground and introduce yourself and include them, or drop off a meal to a family in need. Maybe YOU can be part of how God initiates relationship with them – by showing them His love!!
- When God gave his people the ten commandments, he had already established relationship with them. He had delivered them from Slavery in Egypt and taken care of them in the wilderness. The Israelites obeyed God as an act of Worship. Because He was their God, and because of all He had done for them!
- What has God done for you?
- God loves you and wants to be in relationship with you! How does knowing that make you want to respond to Him?
- Take some time right now (perhaps play some quiet music) to think about how you want to respond to God! Some ideas: praising Him, obeying Him, sharing His love with others. . . (tactile learners could draw or build something out of play-doh to represent their idea)
Parents, end your prayer time by praying the following blessing from Philippians 1:9-11 over your child(ren):