Series: Flaw LESS by Faith: Walking into The Decade of Destiny (Fight For Your Children) – Lesson 2: March 11 – 17, 2020
Aim: All of us have flaws! We are not perfect! We are not flawless – meaning we do not have flaws. But we are flaw less – by faith. After studying this lesson students will see that we do not have to let our situation dedicate to us how to raise our children. . .but, by faith we do need to let go and let God take charge.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Facts about faith. . .
- The Bible never defines faith but gives demonstrations of faith for us to see.
- It is faith that keeps the faithful going, no matter what the environment or situation.
- It is faith that finds a way to witness for the Lord no matter the circumstances.
What makes Christians uniquely different from all other religions is their FAITH! According to what God has revealed of Himself through His Word, Christians believe that He is. . .
- an omnipotent God, that can and will do anything and everything necessary for His people and His kingdom. That nothing is impossible for Him, should He desire to perform it.
- an omniscient God, that both can and does know everything and anything, that nothing can be hid from Him even though it may occur in the darkest of places and behind closed doors, or even within the heart or mind of a person.
- an omnipresent God, whose presence can be detected and felt at all places and at the same time, and to the same extent.
Exodus 1: 8-12, 15-16 (HCSB)
8 A new king, who had not known Joseph, came to power in Egypt.
9 He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and powerful than we are.
10 Let us deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply further, and if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country.”
11 So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. . .
12 But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dreadthe Israelites.
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,
16 “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.”
The Egyptians attitude toward the Israelites shows that. . .
- They were scared of the Israelites.
- They dealt shrewdly with the Israelites.
- They forced slavery upon them.
- All male babies were to be slain at birth
Exodus 2:1-2 (HCSB)
Now a man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman. 2 The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son; when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.
Jochebed – implies “glory of Jehovah”
- Jochebed makes a choice for her child and not Pharaoh’s command
- Jochebed chose life and not death for Moses!
- They were living in a culture of death
- Infant boys were not expected to live!
- She may have felt hopeless but she still had hope.
Point to Ponder: Whenever a nation or race is to be stopped or conquered it is done first by killing male children! Why?
Exodus 1:15-16 (HCSB)
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.”
Matthew 2:16 (NIV)
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
- In spite of her circumstances. . .she raised three outstanding children:
- Aaron – who became Israel’s first high priest
- Mariam – the gifted poetess and musician, who was intimately associated with her two brothers in the history of Israel.
- Moses – became one of the greatest national leaders and legislators the world has ever known!
Point to Ponder: What lessons can we learn from this godly woman and mother?
Exodus 2:3-10 (GNT)
3 But when she could not hide him any longer, she took a basket made of reeds and covered it with tar to make it watertight. She put the baby in it and then placed it in the tall grass at the edge of the river. 4 The baby’s sister stood some distance away to see what would happen to him.
5 The king’s daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her servants walked along the bank. Suddenly she noticed the basket in the tall grass and sent a slave woman to get it. 6 The princess opened it and saw a baby boy. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
7 Then his sister asked her, “Shall I go and call a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for you?”
8 “Please do,” she answered. So the girl went and brought the baby’s own mother. 9 The princess told the woman, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So she took the baby and nursed him. 10 Later, when the child was old enough, she took him to the king’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. She said to herself, “I pulled him out of the water, and so I name him Moses”.
- Trust God in tough times.
- She reacted in faith
- It was faith and not fear that motivated these parents
- Faith in God’s purpose
- Faith means trusting in God and His word.
- Faith does not mean that we either know or we understand what His specific purpose in our lives may be.
- However, it means a ready willingness to follow Him whatever His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (GNT)
28 We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.
- Faith in God’s plan
Jeremiah 29:11 (GNT)
11 I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.
- Faith in God’s power
- It is one thing to have a general conviction about God’s power; it is quite another to believe that He can do what seems to be completely contrary to nature—namely, keep a child from crying while the parents hide him, or keep him from crying in a crocodile-infested Nile River!
- God has promised to preserve and keep His people. If necessary, He will violate His own natural laws to do it.
- for the children of Israel he parted the Red Sea; (Ex. 14:21)
- for Joshua and the children of Israel, He rolled back the Jordan River; (Joshua 3:15-16)
- for Joshua, He caused the sun to stand still so that he could win the battle; (Joshua 10:12-13)
- for Elijah He had a raven to feed him. (I Kings 17:4-6)
- And to redeem man, He wrapped Himself in skin, planted Himself in a virgin and was born a baby!
God is sovereign and can do whatever He needs to do!! Let go and let God!
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Thank God for the many times you have been delivered and the many things you have been delivered from.
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: Be an encourager for those going through a rough patch and be an intercessor until their deliverance comes.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Share with others the deliverance you have received through Christ.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Remember that our giving brings about deliverance for some and freedom for others; don’t stop giving.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: Although times may have become difficult, acknowledge your part in the difficulty, repent and praise God for the deliverance that is about to take place.
NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: The Bold and the Beautiful
SERIES: Flaw LESS by Faith
NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT: Esther 1-10; Psalm 27:10; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29