Parents' Corner | April 28, 2019
God led His people into the wilderness, but He did not leave them there alone. The Lord was with His people. He provided meat, bread, and water. He guided them to Mount Sinai, where He met with their leader, Moses. The Lord came down on the mountain in fire, and He spoke through thunder. The Israelites could not have ignored His presence.
But when Moses went up on the mountain and did not return for several weeks, the Israelites felt abandoned. They appealed to Moses’ brother, Aaron: “Come, make gods for us who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!” (Ex. 32:1)
Aaron’s response led the people to commit a terrible sin. He gathered gold from the people and made an image of a calf, and the people worshiped the golden calf. God saw what the people were doing, and He told Moses to go down the mountain at once. Moses confronted his brother. Aaron claimed that when the people gave him the gold, he threw it into the fire, and “out came this calf!” (Ex. 32:24)
God punished His people for worshiping a golden calf, and Moses returned to the mountain to ask the Lord to forgive the Israelites’ sin. Moses could not atone for the people’s sin; God said He would hold the people accountable for their sins, but the Lord did not abandon the Israelites.
Introduce your children to the concept of idolatry. An idol is anything a person puts in the place of God. Explain that idolatry is a sin. The Israelites deserved to be punished for their sin. In the same way, we deserve to be punished for our sin. Point out that God’s people sinned against God, and Moses asked God to forgive them. Moses acted as their mediator, standing for them before God. Moses could not do anything to make up for their sin, but we have a better Mediator—Jesus. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross and stands for us before God. When we trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven.
Family Ministry Director
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
April 28, 2019
Scripture Memory: John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Big Picture Question:
What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people.
Bible Story: “The Golden Calf” (Exodus 32:1-335; 34:1-9)
- Moses talked to God on a mountain for a long time.
- The Israelites worshiped a golden calf instead of God.
- Moses asked God to forgive His people.
Family Discussion Starters:
- Tell about a time you had to wait. Is waiting easy or hard?
- Why does sin make God angry?
- What should we do when we sin?
- Talk about things or activities that may interfere with worhsiping God. Tkae steps to remove idols from your home.
- Take it further: Worship God together through singing. Pray that you will keep God first.
- “The Ten Commandments” (Exodus 19–20)