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December 1 & 4 | God Called Moses

READ the Scripture: Exodus 1-4

TALK about the Scripture: In 1939, DC Comics introduced a character that would become quite famous: Batman. Batman fought crime and enforced justice for the people of Gotham City. Whenever the peace of Gotham was disturbed by criminals, the bat signal would light up the night sky, calling for Batman to come to the rescue.

As we open the Book of Exodus, we see God speaking to Moses—not through a bat signal but through a burning bush that never burned up. Why would God use such a dramatic sign to get Moses’ attention? Because He was calling Moses to something amazing and possibly frightening: to rescue His people from slavery in Egypt.

In Exodus 3:10, God said to Moses, “Therefore, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh so that you may lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” God promised to be with Moses and to supply the power he needed to free the Israelites. God saved Moses’ life and called him to rescue God’s people from slavery. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue—the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people. Jesus gave up His life to save us from slavery to sin. We all love a good rescue story like the ones from comic books, but the story of Jesus’ rescue for sinners is 100% true and even more amazing!

Christ Connection: God saved Moses’ life and called him to rescue God’s people from slavery. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue—the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people. Jesus gave up His life to save us from slavery to sin.

WATCH the Bible Story Video: God Called Moses

LEARN the Scripture: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." - John 3:17

PRAY as a Family: God, we praise You because You are great. We see Your great power in the way that You used Moses to rescue the Israelites, and we see Your great love to send Jesus to rescue us from sin. Help us trust that You will be with us and give us the power we need to do what You call us to do.

APPLY what you've learned: Learn the big picture question and answer and practice asking and answering randomly throughout the week together.

Q: Does God keep his promises?

A: Yes, God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.

December 8 & 11 | God Delivered His People

READ the Scripture: Exodus 5-12

TALK about the Scripture: Do you know about foreshadowing? Even if you don’t know what it is, you’ve probably noticed it in your favorite books or movies. Foreshadowing is when a writer uses an event—typically early in the story—to give you a hint of something very important that will happen later in the story. Did you know that God also gave us this kind of hint in His story? The plagues God sent on Egypt were powerful, but the tenth and final plague was the most devastating. Every firstborn son in Egypt died. However, God provided a way for the Israelites to be saved from the plague. He told them to sacrifice a lamb and place the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their house. When God’s angel saw the blood, He would pass over the house and not bring judgment on those inside.

Can you see the foreshadowing hint that God gave us through this story? The lamb’s blood was placed vertically on the posts of the door and horizontally on the lintel of the door. The combination of these motions helps us to see the cross. Through God’s saving of the Israelites, He points us all to Jesus—the perfect Lamb who was sent to save us from sin!

Like the blood of the lamb that saved the Israelites, Jesus shed his blood for us. It is His sacrifice that allows the judgment of God to pass over all who believe. John the Baptist understood this to be true when he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” By His grace, God spared the Israelites from judgment by requiring the blood of a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who trust in Jesus are under His saving blood and will be passed over in the final judgment.

Christ Connection: By His grace, God spared the Israelites from judgment by requiring the blood of a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who trust in Jesus are under His saving blood and will be passed over in the final judgment.

WATCH the Bible Story Video:God Delivered His People

LEARN the Scripture: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." - John 3:17

PRAY as a Family: God, thank You for Your Word and how every story points us to Jesus. Thank You that through Jesus’ sacrifice, we do not have to face the punishment for our sin. Help us know Jesus and trust in Him as our hope and salvation.

APPLY what you've learned: Learn the big picture question and answer and practice asking and answering randomly throughout the week together.

Q: Does God keep his promises?

A: Yes, God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.

December 15 & 18 | God Parted the Red Sea

READ the Scripture: Exodus 13-15

TALK about the Scripture: The Bible tells us that the Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years and that about 600,000 men left with Moses. If we add to that number the women, children, and other Egyptians who wanted to be a part of the Israelites, we can estimate that more than 2 million Israelites left Egypt. That’s equal to the population of Chicago, Illinois—the third largest city in the United States.

Now think about all those people crossing the Red Sea on dry land while God held back the water. How amazing it must have been to see a whole city of people walking through the middle of those walls of water. Once again, God had demonstrated His power over creation and over the enemy so that His people could be free.

The Bible describes how our sin has made us enemies of God, but it also shares God’s plan to rescue those who believe. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!”

When there was no way out and all hope seemed to be lost, God provided a way for the Israelites to be free. Likewise, when we were lost in our sin and without any hope of saving ourselves, God sent Jesus to rescue us from sin. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, and God provided a way for them to escape through the Red Sea. The Bible says that Jesus is greater than Moses. (Hebrews 3:3) People who trust in Jesus escape the penalty of sin and have eternal life.

Christ Connection: Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, and God provided a way for them to escape through the Red Sea. The Bible says that Jesus is greater than Moses. (Hebrews 3:3) People who trust in Jesus escape the penalty of sin and have eternal life.

WATCH the Bible Story Video: God Parted The Red Sea

LEARN the Scripture: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." - John 3:17

PRAY as a Family: God, thank You for showing us Your great power through the story of the Red Sea crossing and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Help us to believe in Your power to save and to know Jesus as the Savior who offers us new life with You.

APPLY what you've learned: Learn the big picture question and answer and practice asking and answering randomly throughout the week together.

Q: Does God keep his promises?

A: Yes, God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.

December 23 & 24 | God Keeps His Promises

READ the Scripture: Isaiah 9

TALK about the Scripture: In 1969, the Baltimore Colts were highly favored to win Super Bowl III over the New York Jets. Even though his team was the underdog, Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed that his team would win the Super Bowl. It was a bold promise to make, but the Jets did in fact defeat the Colts by a score of 16-7. Joe Namath became famously known as Broadway Joe—the quarterback who made a guarantee and then delivered.

As we read the Bible, we see that God is a promise maker. Even in the garden where Adam and Eve chose to sin and ruined their relationship with their Creator, God guaranteed that a Rescuer would come to battle the serpent and ultimately defeat sin.

Throughout the Old Testament, God continued to remind His people about the promise of a Savior. The prophet Isaiah spoke about a Messiah to be born of a virgin and a king coming from the family of David. Isaiah spoke of how the Messiah would suffer, but also how his suffering would bring peace. For those waiting on a Messiah, Isaiah was giving hope that God would soon deliver on His promise.

Hundreds of years later, Jesus was born of a virgin, born into the family of David, and suffered on the cross to bring peace between God and all who believe. Jesus was the fulfillment of all Isaiah’s prophecies, and He is the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a rescuer. Not only is God a promise maker, but He is also a promise keeper. When God makes a guarantee, we can always trust that He will deliver.

God keeps His promises. He remembered His promise to send a Rescuer and sent His Son, Jesus, into the world as a baby. Jesus grew up and provided salvation for sinners by dying on the cross and rising from the dead.

Christ Connection: God keeps His promises. He remembered His promise to send a Rescuer and sent His Son, Jesus, into the world as a baby. Jesus grew up and provided salvation for sinners by dying on the cross and rising from the dead.

WATCH the Bible Story Video: God Keeps His Promises

LEARN the Scripture: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." - John 3:17

PRAY as a Family: God, You are faithful in everything. We can trust You because You always do what You say You will do. We praise You for sending Jesus as Savior and as the fulfillment of Your greatest promise.

APPLY what you've learned: Learn the big picture question and answer and practice asking and answering randomly throughout the week together.

Q: Does God keep his promises?

A: Yes, God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.

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Monthly Memory Verse:

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." - John 3:17