Term 2 – Week 1

Big Idea – God gave the law to help the Israelites lives as God’s people in the Promised Land.

Exodus 19:1-20:17, 24:3

Lesson Background

This unit of work is an overview of the Old Testament from creation in Genesis 1 up to God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7.  The theme for the unit is: God always keeps His Promises.

The story so far…. God had a plan to fix the problem of sin and bring people back into a relationship with God the loving King. He made three promises to Abraham -Land, offspring and blessing. God would show Abraham immense kindness and give him forever happiness with God in his presence. Abraham believed God and even though he didn’t live to see all these promises come true, but he believed God and put his faith in him. The nation of Israel were slaves in Egypt and needed to be rescued. So, God raised up a rescuer, Moses, to deliver His people out of Egypt and lead them to the Promised Land. Through a series of miracles/plagues, God delivered His people from slavery in Egypt. God kept his promises and showed His power to save. The Israelites are now rescued and redeemed sinners, saved by the blood of a lamb who died in their place, who have seen the mighty work of God on their behalf. They are now on the way to the Promised Land.

At Mt Sinai, God makes a covenant (an agreement) with the Israelites through Moses, his chosen man and mediator. This covenant did not replace his covenant with Abraham, which was unconditional and promised Abraham’s descendants would become “God’s people, in God’s place, under his rule, and they will know his blessing.” The “Mosaic covenant” would enable God’s people to live in God’s Place (specifically The Promised Land of Canaan) under God’s rule, and was conditional on their obedience. The heart and start of the covenant is Exodus 19:4-6.

You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Why does God want obedience? So that people can know God, enjoy God and live both with God and for God as his people.

What does God want them to obey? His laws. Summarised in the 10 Commandments, they collectively reveal what God is like: unique, holy and righteous (“one of a kind and totally good”). We can group them into two categories. The first four deal with a person’s relationship with God (loving God), and the last six deal with a person’s relationship with others (loving each other and our neighbour). Together, they encompass every part of the Israelites’ lives and

showed what righteous living looks like… in other words, they showed Israel how to live as God’s people in God’s place (land) under God’s rule, and so enjoy God’s blessing.How did they react? God’s people were scared! When they actually saw and heard the living God speak from Mt Sinai, “they trembled with fear and stayed a long way off.” God’s people are still sinners, who are scared to live with God and under his rule. What’s more, God’s law shows us how good and holy God is, but it also reveals how sinful and unholy we are. God’s law stirs up our sinful desires (Romans 7:5) and shows us what sin is. And sinful people can’t be with a holy God. We have a problem!

Outcomes

The children will understand that God is a God who always keeps his promises, he is always in control and will always works things out according to his good plan. Therefore, we can put our trust him.

The children will know that God gave the law to help the Israelites live as His people in the land. The children will know and give thanks to God for Jesus who is the only one who can keep the law perfectly and His Holy Spirit who helps us lives as a follower of Jesus.

Songs

My God is so Big (Colin Buchanan – Remember the Lord)

Memory Verse

He said, “I am the Lord, the Lord. I am the God who is tender and kind. I am gracious.

I am slow to get angry. I am faithful and full of love….

But I do not let guilty people go unpunished.

 

Exodus 34:6-7

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