Moses Looking Into The Promised Land - October 25, 2020

Bible Study “Moses Looking Into The Promised Land”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Questions:

Do your friends and family say you are a leader?

How do you define a leader?

Do you believe God has a plan for you to lead? 

Do you pray that God will lead you in making the right decisions?

 

Let’s read about how Moses, who was now was 120 years old, knew it was time for a new leader even though he was still strong.

Please open your Bibles to Deuteronomy 34: 1-12 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Deuteronomy 34: 1-12

34 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, 2 all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, 3 the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”

5 And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. 6 He buried him[a] in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.

9 Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit[b] of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.

10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Reflection Questions:

• I wonder what it was like for God and Moses on the mountain.

• I wonder how Moses felt, standing on the mountain with the LORD whom he had longed to see.

• I wonder what it was like for the Israelites to say goodbye to their leader

 

Click her for the young learner’s lesson

Videos

Kids Church: Number 27 & Deuteronomy 34 – A Life Well Lived - 

The Book of Deuteronomy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMhmDPWeftw

 

Activities

Bible Quiz:  

Word Search:  https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1557991/

Activities:

Before: You may use heavy paper, copies of the icons below, colored pencils, paint, markers, crayons, scissors, glue, sticks or dowels, lots of different arts and crafts materials to create with (different colored yarn, feathers, beads, fabric, slips of paper to write upon, paints, etc.), scissors, glue or hot glue gun.

Activity 1: Make copies of the icon coloring pages below. OR

Activity 2: Identify what materials you will use to create your leadership staff using a stick or dowel. 

Activity 1: Creating an Icon of Moses Religious.  Icons are sacred images and are considered to be "prayer made visible." Icons are important, not only as examples of early Orthodox Christian art but especially as devotional tools for prayer. You can create Icons of Moses today as a prayer of thanksgiving for all that Moses did and what an amazing servant he was. Icons have symbols and images that help tell us who that religious person was and what they did. What would some symbols of Moses be?  Take some time to remember all the stories that have been covered in the past few weeks to help create some symbols of Moses and his ministry. Following are icons below to help understand how they might be put together. If you would like to trace an icon to color in, there is one sample below. To create a modern looking icon of Moses, you could look in magazines to find symbols of Moses’ ministry in today’s culture.

Examples of Symbols of Moses:

              Moses basket

              Staff Parting of the red sea

              Burning bush

              Ten Commandments

              Leading People

Icon of Moses

Activity 2: Leadership Staff Moses was an amazing leader of the Israelites. We learn a lot from how he led people from slavery to freedom, to their promised land. We can all be leaders. Being a leader means that you are a guide for another person. As we learn from Moses, we do not have to have all the answers, we only have to ask the questions and listen. So what are some characteristics of leadership that Moses had? Examples:

Characteristics of a Good Leader:

           • Grounded – Moses knows where he came from and is grounded in God.

          • Not afraid to stand up for others – Moses was not fearful of the Pharaoh

          • Prayer – Moses spent a good amount of his time talking with God, focusing himself in prayer, asking God questions of the people.

         • Listens – Moses listened both to the people and to God faithfully

         • Teacher – Moses taught those around him by word and example

         • Faithful – No matter what was coming his way, Moses was faithful to God and faithful to the people

         • Mediator – When God got angry at the people, Moses spoke to God on their behalf

         • Led by example – Moses led the people through showing them how to live a faithful life.

His example taught them a great deal about how to be a good leader and how to be faithful. One of the symbols that reminds us of Moses is his staff. Throughout his ministry, we hear about him using his staff for miracles and as an aid in his ministry. Today, as we honor his ministry, create your own Moses staffs. On your staff, you are going to add things that will remind you of what a leader is and how Moses’ life can help us become better leaders. We have just identified characteristics of Moses’ leadership. Brainstorm some symbols for each of these. You can have more than one symbol for each, so be creative. Use the materials and create your own Moses staff. What symbols do you want to use? Do you want to write words on your staff? Is a certain color or material going to help you remember Moses? Be creative

Prayer: Almighty God, we thank you for giving us this time to remember Moses, his ministry, and his life.  We ask you to be with us always and that we may remember Moses’ faithful life.  May it be an inspiration to us to faithfully serve you each day. Amen