Session 3--lesson 1
OPPORTUNITIES AND EXCUSES 机会和借口
Prayer: Our Father, thank You for giving us this opportunity to study together again. Make Your words plain to us. Send the Holy Spirit to make our faith grow. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Session 3-Lesson 1-January/ February 2015 –Review Exodus 1-3. God Prepares Moses-Exodus: 3:21-4:17
Memory Passage: “ I am the Alpha and the Omega”, says the Lord God,” Who is, Who was, and Who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelations 1:8
English, Please- What do we do with the opportunities God give us? 英语对话—— 我们怎样使用神给我们的机会？
Tom: My teacher wants me to travel to Beijing to play in a piano competition.
Betty: Will you go?
Tom: Why should I go? I don’t play the piano well enough.
Betty: But you do play very well and. You play with so much expression.
Tom: I will be too nervous.
Betty: God will help you. You may meet many new people. You may meet some people that want to know about Jesus.
Tom: Yes, this may be an opportunity God is giving me to spread the Gospel. Yes, I will go.
Let’s think about the opportunities God gives us, while we study Moses and the opportunity God gave him. 在学习关于摩西和神给他机会的过程中，让我们思考神给我们的机会。
God Prepares His People for a Savior to be born. He wants all people to know Him as a loving God. He is not simply an invisible force. He is our Father. He gave us His promise of a Savior to save all people from eternal death. The Jewish people were reminded of this Promise as they retold the stories of their history. God is getting ready to remind His people again of who He is and what He is doing. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be their leader. Moses and Aaron will be God’s mouthpiece.
Who is the God of Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob?
I AM WHO I AM. With this name, God is telling us that He is independent, His wisdom and will are not attached to anyone else.
I AM WHO I AM. With this name God is telling us that He is constant. He does not think one way on one day and another way on another day. In Malachi 13:8, He says, “I, the Lord, do not change. “
I AM WHO I AM. In Revelations 1:8 God tells us,” I am the Alpha and the Omega….who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Our God is eternal, from everlasting to everlasting.
God gives us leaders to remind us who He is. Who are they?
God’s actions were and are driven by His great love for us-“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…” John 3:16
我是自有永有。神的这个名字告诉我们他决不改变。他不会一天一个想法。玛拉基书3:6他说，“我 ─ 耶 和 华 是 不 改 变 的 .”
我是自有永有。在启示录1:8 神告诉我们，“ 我 是 阿 拉 法 ， 我 是 俄 梅 戛 ， 是 昔 在 、 今 在 、 以 後 永 在 的 全 能 者 。”我们的神是永恒的，从亘古到永远。
神的行为因他对我们的大爱驱使—— “神 爱 世 人 ， 甚 至 将 他 的 独 生 子 赐 给 他 们 ， 叫 一 切 信 他 的 ， 不 至 灭 亡 ， 反 得 永 生 。约翰福音3:16
God’s Loving Plan to Save Us- The Children of Israel (the Jewish nation) were in Egypt 400 years after Joseph and his family moved there. God had a plan for His people. They were living in a foreign land, a land where their neighbors did not know our True God.
You will remember that the Israelites in Egypt feared God (Exodus 1:17). They knew of God’s promise to send a Savior. His people were brought to faith in Him just like we are brought to faith. The promise of the Savior was repeated over and over.
Moses knew about the Savior to come when he saw the burning bush. How did God remind Moses of His power in this incident?
When Moses came to lead them and said “I AM WHO I AM”, the Israelites knew who Moses was talking about. They knew their God was eternal, powerful, and had promised they would live in a land” flowing with milk and honey.” But more, God had promised them life eternal in heaven.
This Week-God Prepares Moses to Lead – Exodus 3:1-20- God has a plan. What is it? Exodus 3:7-10.
Read Exodus 3:21-22. How will the Israelites get clothes and money for their trip?
Read Exodus 4: 1-9 what was Moses worried about in Verse 1?” Which three ways did God give Moses to prove that God had sent him?
阅读出埃及记4: 1-9 在1节中摩西担心什么？神教摩西哪三个方法来证明是神差遣他？
Read Exodus 4:10-17. What was Moses’ next excuse for not doing what God asked of him? What did God say to Moses to reassure him?
阅读出埃及记4: 10-17.摩西不想做神要求他做的事的下一个借口是什么？ 神对摩西说了什么使他恢复信心？
Moses still did not want to lead God’s people. How did God help Moses through his fear?
New words: disposed, plundered, cloak, staffs, leprous, miraculous,
生词： 有。。。倾向， 抢夺，斗篷外衣，杖，患麻风病的，神迹的
The magician wore a long and flowing robe called a ……………………………
My grandfather loved me, he was kindly……….. toward me.
Shepherds use their …………..to guide and protect their sheep.
The thieves……………..the travelers.
The doctors said the healing was……………because they did not think it would happen.
Joe’s white hand looked ………………..
Opportunities, Excuses, Encouragements in Our Relationships 机会，借口，鼓励
What was the special opportunity God gave Moses? God asked Moses to –
Moses had excuses to not take this opportunity to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
a. Exodus 4:1-Moses’ excuse-
God’s encouragement- 神的鼓励——
b. Exodus 4:10-Moses’ excuse-
c. Exodus 4:13-
Does God give us opportunities to serve Him? Can you name some? What should we do when God shows us someone in need, or someone that does not know about Jesus? What might some of our excuses be? What encouragement does God always give us?
Prayer: Our Father, give us opportunities to serve you. Give us strength and faith to take those opportunities to spread your Gospel. Turn all of excuses into prayers, and our fears into action for you. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.
Next Week: Read Exodus 4:18-5:23, MEMORIZE Revelations 1:8. To think about: Why does God allow troubles in our lives?