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ATM VBS Day 2 Younger: How Do We Become Closer To God? Bible Lesson

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In A Nutshell

During day two of The Amazing Time Machine VBS, Junior Scientists are tasked with the mission of answering the question; How do we become closer to God? We start by listening to him. So much of life is full of distractions. From friends and computers to school and sports, a child’s attention is focused on things other than God. The first step in building a better relationship with God is to listen to Him. This Listening To God Bible lesson about Moses and the burning bush, focuses on how to deal with the distractions and focus on God. This Bible lesson is part of The Amazing Time Machine VBS., but can also be a stand alone Bible lesson.

ATM VBS Day 2 Younger: How Do We Become Closer To God? Bible Lesson
ATM VBS Day 2 Younger: How Do We Become Closer To God? Bible Lesson
ATM VBS Day 2 Younger: How Do We Become Closer To God? Bible Lesson

Ages

Elementary, Tweens

Estimated Time

20 minutes

Scripture

Exodus 3:1-15

Memory Verse

“He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (John 8:47)

What You Will Need

  • Bibles
  • Chalk board or news print and markers
  • Biblical scene decorations. See decorating ideas for scene background templates and other props.
  • Props for the skit (See below).

Moses and The Burning Bush Skit

Actors: Moses, Harry, God’s voice

Scene: Horeb Mountain in the time of Moses. The lighting is dim. It is a dessert mountain scene with a flock of sheep. (See decorating ideas for scene background templates and other decorating ideas). Have several bushes around. Sign that reads: “Horeb, Mountain of God”. Moses is sitting on a rock holding a staff with his back to the bushes.

You Will Need:

  • Moses dressed in biblical times with a headdress, staff and sandals.
  • Stuffed or cardboard sheep scattered around the scene.
  • Burning bush that will light up as if on fire.
  • Print the Amazing Time Machine Bible Lesson Day 2 Skit script for your actors.
  • Harry the Camel Puppet

Script 1:
Harry: (Whispering loudly). Oh, I see you guys made it back. We’re here at Horeb Mountain. This is where Moses and his family live. He helps take can of sheep. If we are patient, maybe we will get to see him. I think I hears someone coming. (Hide out of site as Moses enters the stage).

(Moses enters stage and pretends to look for sheep. He has his back to the bush. Suddenly one bush lights up as if on fire and makes a whooshing noise that causes Moses to whirl around and look).

God: Moses! Moses!

Moses: Here I am.

God: Do not come any closer. I am God. Remove your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.

(Moses, is afraid. He quickly removes his sandals, kneels to the ground and hides his face).

God: My people in Egypt are slaves and are being treated badly. I have heard their cries. So I have come down to rescue them and take them to a beautiful land. I am sending you to the Pharaoh to bring my people out of Egypt.

Moses: I am not a great king, or a powerful warrior. I am just a sheep herder. How can I go to the Pharaoh and bring the slaves out of Egypt?

God: I will be with you. And when you bring the slaves out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.

Moses: Suppose I go to the slaves and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is his name?” What shall I tell them?

God: I am who I am.

God: Say to the Israelites, “The Lord, the God of your fathers — has sent me to you.”

(The fire goes out. Moses sits in silence for a moment looking stunned, then stands up and exists the stage or room. Harry appears).

Harry: Did you see that? The bush was burning and it didn’t burn up! Raise your hand if you thought it was as cool as I did. (Children raise hands).

Harry: Wow. Of all the ways I could think of for God to talk to me, I never, ever would have thought of a burning bush. Would you?

Harry: What I wonder is what would have happened if Moses had been listening to his iPod, and he’d been jamming to the local Egyptian Rap Station when the bush started burning? I wonder what would have happened then. Shhhh, I think I hear Moses coming back.

Script 2: (Have Moses return with an iPod and ear phones. He is dancing and maybe singing to some tune. He sits down on a rock with his back to the bush. The bush lights up.

God: Moses! Moses!

(Moses is still listening to iPod, singing to himself and using his staff and a rock as drums).

God: (Louder and more forceful). Moses! Moses!

(Moses still doesn’t notice. Finally he gets up, with his back still to the bush and leaves the stage/room. The bush goes dark).

Harry: Wow. He missed the message all together because he wasn’t listening. Well, I have to go now. Moses has herded up all the sheep and if I am going to get a nice stable to sleep in, I’m going to have to get going. Before I go, let’s all pretend we are camels. Are you ready? (Yes.) And a camel goes nor (Nurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr). (Harry disappears).

Discussion:

  • We went on a really cool journey with Harry. We were in the dessert mountains when Moses got a very special message from God. Was Moses listening for God when he had the ipod on? (No, he was too busy doing other things).
  • Did Moses hear God this time? (No).
  • Did he ever get the message from God. (No).
  • It is very important that we spend our lives focused on God so that we don’t miss it when he speaks to us.
  • Did God use a burning bush when He spoke to Adam and Eve? (No)
  • Did God use a burning bush to speak to anyone else in the Bible? (No).
  • Is it likely that God will use a burning bush to speak to you some day? (Probably not).
  • How might God speak to us today? (Write down suggestions).
  • When God created Adam and Eve, could they hear God? (Yes).
  • What happened to their relationship with God once they sinned? (They were afraid and ashamed. They hid from God).

Applying The Science

Do you remember the professor’s experiment tonight? What happened when he was trying to get Phinneus’ attention to help with the experiment? (Phinneus didn’t hear him because he was listening to his music).

How was Phinneus at observing what was in the water? (He didn’t see the beads because he wasn’t playing close enough attention).

That water filled with beads is like our lives. We have all kinds of distractions around us. We have TV and our toys. We have our friends and our sports. We have school and computers. Most of the things in our lives to take our attention away from God. They keep us from hearing God when He speaks to us.

In tonight’s experiment, the professor used a colander to filter out the beads or distractions. What kind of a filter do we need? Let’s see what God’s word says. (Have someone read John 8:47).

What do we need to do to hear God? (We need to belong to Him. We need to spend time with him. If you truly belong to God, He will speak to you, and you will hear Him).

Summarize

  • So, who is God? (Our creator).
    He created everything we see, and hear, and taste and touch. He even created you and me. Like Adam and Eve sometimes we fall short of all that he want for us. Sometimes, like Adam and Eve, we lose our way.
  • How do we become closer to God? (God will tell us what He wants us to do).
    Like Moses, we must listen. There are so many distractions in life, sometimes we forget to listen for God.
  • How does God speak to us? (Bible, prayer and the world around us).
  • We weren’t living in the time God walked the earth in the form of Jesus, but God is still speaking to us. He speaks to us all the time, we just have to listen.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,
We want to build a relationship with you. We want to know you better. We want to be like you. We know we have a lot of distractions in our lives and will work hard to put those aside and concentrate on listening to you. Tell us and show us what it is you want us to do.

Amen

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