Sunday, September 5, 2010
Have you ever had a "burning bush" moment? Today's Sunday School lesson dealt with Moses and the burning bush. As I prepared for the lesson, I found several interesting facts. In Egyptian, the name Moses means "is born." It forms the second element in many Pharoahs' names including Raames at Atmoses. It appears that even though Moses was a Hebrew by birth his royal adoptive family thought of him as one of their own and labeled his as one "born into" their family. Second, the name Moses sounds strikingly like a Hebrew word which means "to draw out." Well, he was drawn out of the water so that would make sense. But what are the chances that the Egyptian name he was given would so closely mirror this incident of his early life?
And how ironic that he would later be drawn out of his comfort zone to do God's will.
So after killing an Egyptian because Moses saw the man beating a fellow Hebrew. He was forced to flee under a death warrant from his former family. It is at this point that Moses finds himself tending sheep for his new father in law. That is a long way from the palaces of Eygpt! Moses is now a man of about 40, happily doing his job and raising a family. Probably by this time he has forgotten about those long ago days when he roamed the royal palace. And then what happens? He encounters that burning bush and God says "listen up, Moses, you have a job to do!" I can just imagine Moses turning around to look over his shoulder and saying "who me?" Being human Moses spews and sputters as to why he can't do the job while the whole while God is giving him reassurances of what to say and do.
Well who else could have done this job? Who else could have led the Israelites out of Egypt? Moses was prepared by God from birth to take on this role. God protected him when the Israelite male babies were being murdered. God even saw fit to have him live under the same roof as the murderous Pharoah as a protected adoptive grandson. He knew the ins and out of the royal family and he knew how they lived and thought. He would be the perfect ambassador to gain freedom for his birth family. God knew the plan and it was perfect. Moses just had to be willing to be used!
Sorry to take so long on today's post but I wanted to share what I gleaned from our lesson. Here's hoping you have a blessed Sunday with your family!
Finished size 5 X 7 inches
Card Stock - Georgia Pacific - White, Bazzill - others
Designer Paper - a Lori Special (instructions immediately follow the materials list)
Reinkers - Memento - Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa, Potter's Clay, Ranger Adirondack - Gold
Stamps - Image - Gina K. Designs Farm Life
Stamps - Sentiment - Gina K. Designs Autumn Splendor
Ink - Sentiment and Image - Memento Rich Cocoa
Ribbon - Gina K. Designs
Shaving Cream, Plastic Plate, plastic ruler, knife
Adhesive - Scotch Brand Foam Tape
To create paper
1. Fill plastic plate with shaving cream.
2. Place drops of reinkers on shaving cream.
3. Drag knife through shaving cream to swirl design being careful not to over mix.
4. Place white paper on top of shaving cream mixture and lightly press down.
5. Remove paper from shaving cream.
6. Scrape shaving cream off paper with edge of plastic ruler.
7. Trim pattern paper to size desired!