Lesson 5: July 2, 2017
Moses and the Burning Bush: Exodus 3
Teaching Strategy: Ask participants to list injustices they are aware of in the world today and discuss appropriate and inappropriate ways to confront such injustices. How can believers – individually and in collaboration with others – confront injustice in ways that honor what they know of God’s character, purpose, and presence?
Exodus 3 begins with God’s appearance to Moses in a burning bush. Several aspects of the story are noteworthy. God speaks to ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Such moments and places are holy. God hears the cry of the oppressed; God has compassion for those who are treated unjustly. God responds to the misery of the Israelites by sending a human deliverer. God’s message to Moses is a call to action – a call to deliver God’s people from the Egyptians. “Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey’” (v. 7-8a).
Moses doubted his ability to do as God asked, but God assured Moses by revealing the divine name, and promising to work with Moses to accomplish God’s purposes. Justice comes when humans become partners with God in the work of redemption.
In the news ….
- What do justice and injustice mean in the realm of health care? To what extent do the various health care bills – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implemented by the Obama administration, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) approved by the House of Representatives, and the AHCA proposed by the Senate – address injustice or advance justice for the majority of Americans, especially the most vulnerable? Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid
- A budget is a moral document determining the allocation of resources according to values and priorities. Many Christians have spoken out against injustices in the budget proposed by the Trump administration: Christians Across the Political Spectrum Oppose Cuts to the Poor in Trump’s Budget
- What do justice and injustice mean in the realm of criminal justice? In what ways are criminals oppressed by the current system? Evangelical Leaders Push for Criminal Justice reform
- How should God’s compassion for the oppressed inform the relationship of the United States to the rest of the world? What effect will the proposed cuts in foreign aid have on the well-being of the oppressed and vulnerable around the world? America’s Foreign Policy: Embrace Thugs, Dictators and Strongmen; ‘Trump’s Aid Budget is Breathtakingly Cruel – Cuts Like These Will Kill People’
Summer 2017 Theme: God’s Urgent Call
Unifying Principle: People get accustomed to living with the injustices that prevail in society. What does it take to address injustice? God called Moses to address injustice and empowered him with the knowledge of God’s identity, purpose, and presence.Posted on: June 26, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing