02: Understanding Who God Is – Teaching Plan
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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 [...]

Reverence
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“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 [...]

When Does the Result Justify the Means?
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Some Bible stories seem to indicate that God’s will was done by ignoring one or more of His commandments. What does this say to us? I would like our readers to suggest some answers.

In response to the lesson plan for “Two Classes of Worshipers,” one of our readers concluded (in an unpublished comment)  that “God is not such a rigid leader as we make Him out to be.” Perhaps he’s right. Perhaps God isn’t nearly as “rigid” as we make [...]

01: Two Classes of Worshipers – Teaching plan
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Key Thought:True worshippers in Genesis centered their devotional activities on what God had provided to deliver them from sin.

1.  Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:8-13.

A.  Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.  Why were Adam and Eve evasive in their answers to God?  What do their responses indicate about their relationship with God?

C.  Personal Application:  [...]