"I AM who I AM."
Opening Prayer Led by Group Facilitator
Pray the Psalm together aloud, alternating verses between two sides. When finished, share reflections on the Psalm as a group
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn man back to the dust, and say, “Turn back, O children of men!”
4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
5 You sweep men away; they are like a dream, like grass which is renewed in the morning:
6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
7 For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
9 For all our days pass away under your wrath, our years come to an end like a sigh.
10 The years of our life are threescore and ten, or even by reason of strength fourscore; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us, yes, establish the work of our hands.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
The Call of Moses
1. God reveals his proper name to Moses, “I am who I am.” How does this both conceal and reveal the identity of God? What might be some meanings of this name? How does Jesus apply this name to himself?
2. God reveals that the king of Egypt “will not let you go unless compelled.” Why does God send Moses on a mission that will be resisted? How is God’s glory greater because of overcome obstacles? How does this apply to the mission of a Patriarch? How does God’s example reveal how a Patriarch can mission his child toward a goal with obstacles?
3. Moses answers God, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice.” When might a Patriarch be tempted to use a similar excuse? How does a Patriarch persevere in the face of a lack of trust? How does a Patriarch raise children to act boldly, even in the face of disbelief, opposition, or ridicule?
4. What excuse about public speaking does God hear from Moses? How does God answer it? What is your experience of public speaking? How have you grown in it? How do you help your children to face and overcome their fears of public speaking?
5. Why is God’s anger kindled against Moses? How do you deal with your children when they stubbornly refuse to try something that frightens them? What can a Patriarch learn from how God deals with Moses’ stubborn hesitancy?
6. Finally, God provides Aaron as a support to Moses. In what other biblical stories does God provide a man with friendship in his mission? When have friends been essential to your mission? How do you foster edifying friendships in your own children?
Choose a resolution for this week from the suggestions below or make your own. Tap on a resolution to email it to yourself:
1. I will model vocally praising the name of the Lord to my children by reading one of the Psalms of praise before bed each night (ps. 9, 34, 68, 93, 96-100, 104, 108, 111, 146-150).
2. I will share with my wife and children the different meanings of the name that the Lord reveals to Moses.
3. I will plan an activity for my children that we will train for together (5K, 10K, triathlon, bike ride, etc.) and will use it to teach my children how to accomplish a large goal by preparing in stages.
4. I will encourage my children to try something new that they are afraid of by trying something new that I am afraid of.
5. I will speak about the Lord with someone close to me who I do not believe will listen.
6. I will offer a fast this week for the grace for my children to overcome fear.
7. I will stop what I am doing and give my full attention to my children when they want to speak to me.
8. I will explain to my children how my friends have been instrumental in my faith journey.
9. I will have a conversation with my wife about whether or not our children’s friends are leading them closer to or farther away from the Lord.
10. I will schedule a time to get together with a friend who has been helpful in my faith.
Discuss with your prayer partner the success/failure of your previous resolution & offer a vocal prayer for one another.