Did your parents ever tell you that you’d gotten too big for your own britches? Usually your parents were giving you fair warning that you had stepped over the disrespect line and you needed to step back quickly or experience a refresher course in who was the parent and who was the child, right?
Well, I’m thinking that, with respect to honoring the holiness and sanctity of God, we crossed that line so long ago that we don’t even remember it. [...]
Several teachers at an African secondary school were visiting one afternoon when one of them picked a stone carving out of his pocket and handed it around.
“This is an idol,” he said. “My yard boy gave it to me. He thinks this piece of rock has a lot of power.”
The head missionary in charge of the school came to his feet. “Give it to me,” he said.
The teacher [...]
Key Thought: True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a realization of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen, every heart should be deeply impressed..
1. Have a volunteer read Exodus 3:4, 5, 12-15.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What was the significance of Moses having to take off his sandals in the presence of God? Are we supposed to be barefoot [...]
“Do not come any closer, God said. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5, NIV
The opening chapters of the book of Exodus represent a low point in the history of God’s people. From calling upon the name of the Lord in the early chapters of Genesis, they had come, after 400 years in Egypt, to the point where many had adopted the customs and patterns of worship of the Egyptians.
Entering the [...]