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Fall 2022 God’s Exceptional Choice Unit 2- Out of Slavery to Nationhood
Through the second unit of lessons, God’s choice is shown, even through the centuries. These lessons highlight the development of God’s choice of his people, from a child born of a slave (Exodus 2:1–10) to a shepherd turned king (1 Samuel 16:1–13). God’s call can be unexpected—he may even choose people who are trying to avoid his call altogether (Judges 6:7–16a)! God’s choice will often be in spite of human expectations. Moses’ path to fulfilling God’s choice was marked by uncertainty and risk (Exodus 2:3–4). Gideon had no reputation aligned with the tasks God called him to do (Judges 6:15). David’s fitness as king was overlooked by his own family (1 Samuel 16:7–12). Have you felt incompatible with God’s choice over your life? Remember that God is “the Rock, his works are perfect” (Deuteronomy 32:4).
Out of Slavery to Nationhood
Unit II has five sessions that explore the call of Israel’s family out of Egypt to become a nation. Lesson 5, from Exodus, highlights the birth of Moses, the women who preserved his life, and his call to lead the people out of Egypt. Lesson 6, from Deuteronomy, tells part of the salvation story of the people of Israel so they might remember and be thankful. Lesson 7, from Judges, lifts up the period of Israel’s history when it was governed by judges, particularly telling the story of Gideon. Lesson 8, from 1 Samuel, chronicles the transition in Israel’s history from the governance of judges to the selection of Saul as Israel’s first king. Lesson 9 tells of the anointing of David as Saul’s successor to the throne.
Lesson 5 The Birth of Moses
The tumultuous world can endanger us in many ways. Moses’ family went to great lengths to save him.
Lesson 6 Song of Moses
We sometimes fail to remember what others have done for us. Moses instructed Israel to remember God’s blessings and to teach their children about promises fulfilled on their behalf.
Lesson 7 The Call of Gideon
When we feel inadequate to a task to which God called us, we aren’t alone! Gideon felt the same way and received divine reassurance.
Lesson 8 Who Is King?
Discerning which voices to heed is often crucial. The elders of ancient Israel made the wrong choice when they chose to honor the voice of the people over the voice of God.
Lesson 9 David Anointed as King
People choose leaders based on cultural standards, but that’s not God’s way.
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The human acceptance we long for often comes only if we are attractive, smart, wealthy or powerful. And God’s standards seem even higher. We think we must work harder, live better, pray longer and witness to more people to get on God’s good side. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul shows us the true source of our acceptance – Jesus Christ.
These eleven-session Bible studies on Galatians will help us know that we are worth much more to God than we can ever deserve or imagine!
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Getting the Most Out of Galatians