TODAY’S SPECIAL: Exodus 4:1-17
TO CHEW ON: "He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if it were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it." Exodus 4:16,17
Suppose you have these jobs. Which tool(s) would you pick to do each one?
1. empty water from a boat
2. plant a garden
3. cut grass
4. write a story
5. take a picture
6. cook dinner
7. paint a house
8. rake leaves
Obviously we need different tools for different jobs.
When God gave Moses the job of bringing the Israelites out of Egypt, He gave him tools for that job. These tools may have seemed surprising to Moses.
One tool was his staff. (or shepherd’s rod). What things did God tell Moses to do with this?
1] ______ (Exodus 4:3,4).
Another tool was Moses’ hand. What happened with it? 2] ____ (Exodus 4:6,7)
A third tool was water from the Nile River. What would happen when Moses poured it on the ground? 3] ____ (Exodus 4:9).
When Moses complained to God that he wasn’t good at speaking, God gave him one final tool. What (who) was it? 4] _____ (Exodus 4:14-17)
Though the tools God gave Moses were ordinary things, they became power tools when God energized them.
PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for giving us the tools we need to do the jobs You give us. Amen.
MORE: Our tools
God has a job for us too. We are to tell people about Jesus. We must tell everyone that He loves them, that He died to take the punishment for their sins, and that each person who trusts in Him is forgiven and becomes a child of God. God gives us power tools to do that job too.
What are these tools? Check the Bible references to find out.
1. Acts 1:8 __________________
2. Hebrews 4:12 ______________
3. Ephesians 6:1-4 ____________
4. Hebrews 10:24,25 __________
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