In Jill Briscoe’s book, “Here I am, Lord…Send Somebody Else,” she applies the chapters of Exodus to our Christian walk. She begins by comparing the Pharaoh to the enemy of our soul. Our enemy is in power in the world, and is worried that Christians have become too numerous. So the enemy deals shrewdly with believers and places task masters over us to oppress us with labor. To keep us busy doing unimportant responsibilities so we never have time to do what God has called us to complete.
But the Lord heard the cries of the oppressed people and sent a deliverer. God could have very easily delivered the people Himself, but He sent a male child to be born to a Levite woman. During the time that the child was born, Pharaoh gave an order to the midwives that, “Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
Moses’ mother hid him for three months from the authorities. I imagine Miriam was accustomed to meeting every need of Mose’s rather quickly in order to keep him quiet. But when Moses could no longer be hidden at home, his mother placed him in a papyrus basket among the watery Nile reeds. Miriam watched the tiny basket from a distance.
When Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, she heard tiny Moses crying unhappily since no one was attending to his immediate needs like he was accustomed. Miriam’s heart beat frantically in her chest as she saw the Pharaoh’s daughter open the basket.
Should she remain hidden? Should she run back home to tell her mother?
No, she raced forward towards her brother.
God used an ordinary girl to suggest the most “extraordinary” way to care for Moses. She asked if a nurse should be found for the baby and she knew just who to ask!
But what if Miriam had not obeyed the Lord’s prompting? Her brother would have been carried to the palace anyways because that was the Lord’s will. But her family would have missed out on the opportunity to teach Moses about God.
Imagine the sense of urgency Moses’ mom felt as she nurtured and cared for her son. Time was of the essence to teach him about the Lord before he was weaned.
Can small children experience spiritual truths?
Is it possible to teach children God is Great by pointing out that God created the stars in the evening sky, the song of the sea, and the flash of jewels on the insect’s back?
Can we model for our children there are six days to play and work; But on the Sabbath we rest and sleep, because God is good to us?
Can we teach our children to thank the Lord for shelter, clothes, and food?
Young children can learn wrong from right. The Holy Spirit teaches young children about God by convicting sin as well as teaching them God’s truth.
According to Children Evangelism Fellowship, Sin can be described to a child as anything they think, say or do that breaks God’s rules.
Once a child admits that they think, say, or do things that break God’s rules…then it is time to share about Jesus. Young children can understand when they break God’s rules they deserve to be punished. But that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus, God the Son, to earth. Jesus lived a perfect life without sin and died on the cross so that we can be forgiven for our sin. Jesus took the punishment for our sin which is death.
Here is one scripture verse to read right from your bible so that your child learns the bible is God’s truth:
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,1 Corinthians 15: 3-4
You can explain that believing on Jesus means they trust that only Jesus can save them from their sins. A prayer doesn’t save, but only Jesus.
Children can know God will always be with them, starting today and lasting forever.
They can talk to God through prayer, but it important for them to understand that the words of the prayer itself doesn’t save them. It’s their belief in Jesus that saves.
They can understand that the Lord will help them remember the right way, and when they mess up that they should confess their sin to the Lord. He will forgive them if they ask Him.
Here’s some scripture to read with your children:
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”Acts 16:31
For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”Hebrews 13: 5
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.Hebrews 13: 6
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
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