We do not usually think of Moses as a prophet. Rather he is connected in many persons' minds with the crossing of the Red Sea (actually Reed Sea) and the giving of the Ten Commandments. For some, Charleton Heston and Hollywood have engraved those thoughts in their views. However, Moses was indeed a prophet. In fact, the Old Testament considers him to have been the first and the greatest of the prophets (cf. Numbers 12:6--8). He was the mediator of the Word of God to his people, and he fulfilled the prophetic functions of interceding with the Lord for his sinful people (cf.
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.