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Exodus - Week 15

Exodus - Week 15

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 12:1-32 aloud.

  • What are some memorial rituals that Americans observe to remember significant past events? Why do we do this?

REFLECT

  • The story of Passover is filled with shadows that find their fulfillment in Christ. As a group, discuss as many as you can find (read ahead to 12:43-51 to help with your answers). Then look at 1 Peter 1:19.

  • Why does Christ’s spotless character make Him able to pay for our sin?

  • Look at Exodus 12:29-32. Why did this plague lead to the successful release of the Israelites? How is it ironic? Look back at Exodus 1:22 to help with your answer.

  • Observe God’s judgment in these verses. How do you react to this amount of deaths at God’s hands? What reasons for this judgment has the story given us up to this point? In other words, why would God do this?

APPLY

  • Look again at vv. 7-13. These instructions are all intended to leave Israel in a state of readiness. At any moment, their escape from slavery may come. Jesus tells us to be ready at all times for His return (Matt. 24:36-44). How can we prepare ourselves?

  • Read vv. 26-27. What habits or memorials should you practice in your home that will cause those around you to ask, “Why are you doing this?”

  • Read Matthew 26:28. In the same way that God passed over the people of Israel because of the blood of spotless lambs, God’s judgment passes over us on account of Christ’s blood. How do we rehearse and remember this great truth of the gospel, both personally and communally?

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What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Exodus - Week 14

Exodus - Week 14

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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  • Have several group members read Exodus 9:13-11:10 aloud. (For an overview of the plagues, visit www.biblecharts.org/oldtestament/thetenplagues.pdf.)

  • What’s the greatest physical discomfort you’ve ever endured? What did you learn from it?

REFLECT

  • During the eighth and ninth plagues, Pharaoh’s verbal response takes an interesting turn. Look back at 9:27 and 10:16. Discuss his verbal response in light of his continued refusal to let the Israelites go.

  • What is the difference between confession and repentance?

  • Compare Moses’ words in 11:8 to God’s words back in 7:1. How has Moses’ confidence in God grown, even as Pharaoh’s heart has hardened?

  • Note Moses’ disposition at the end of 11:8. Why do you think this detail is included? How does this reveal his disposition toward God? Toward the Egyptian people, who acknowledge his authority (11:3)? Toward their stubborn ruler, Pharaoh?

APPLY

  • Though we may not want to admit it, we often employ bargaining tactics with God, just as Pharaoh did. When are we most likely to bargain instead of repent? What faulty thinking about ourselves and our God does bargaining reveal?

  • Why did the Egyptian people react differently to Moses than Pharaoh did? How does pride keep us from recognizing the activity of God in our lives, even when others around us are seeing it? How is pride currently blinding you to God’s will in your life?

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  • What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Exodus - Week 13

Exodus - Week 13

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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  • Have several group members read Exodus 7:14-9:12 aloud. (For an overview of the plagues, visit www.biblecharts.org/oldtestament/thetenplagues.pdf.)

  • In your opinion, which of the first six plagues would be the hardest to endure? Why?

REFLECT

  • How would the first six plagues have impacted the Egyptians economically? Practically (in their day-to-day lives)? Psychologically?

  • By the third plague, Pharaoh’s magicians draw a correct conclusion. What is it (see 8:18-19)? Knowing that seven more plagues are coming, what does this tell us about Pharaoh’s resolve? His belief in the strength of his own gods?

  • What do you notice about Pharaoh’s responses to each of the plagues as they progress? How do his tactics change? What do they indicate he believes is true of Yahweh? Of himself?

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  • Have you ever received a warning from God and continued in sin? What was the outcome? How would the outcome have been different if you had heeded earlier correction? Is there a warning you are currently choosing to ignore?

  • The first three plagues affect both the Egyptians and the Israelites, but the rest affect only the Egyptians. Why does God sometimes allow the just to suffer for the sins of the unjust? What should be our attitude in those times?

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What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Exodus - Week 12

Exodus - Week 12

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 7:1-13 aloud.

  • Why are magic tricks or supernatural occurrences so appealing to people?

REFLECT

  • In verse 1, God speaks to Moses in the past tense of a future reality: “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh.” Why is this so?

  • God tells Moses exactly what will happen when Moses and Aaron perform signs in front of Pharaoh, and it does. Knowing that Pharaoh will reject the signs, why do you think God goes through the process of providing them anyway? (For more explanation on the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, visit www.gotquestions.org/God-harden-Pharaoh-heart.html.)

  • What explicit outcome is God pursuing by taking action against the Egyptians (see 7:5)? How does

  • Pharaoh’s desired outcome differ? How does the Israelites’ desired outcome likely differ?

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  • Look at 7:7. Do the ages of Moses and Aaron shock you? What sort of notions do we have about serving God at certain ages? Do you think it is easier to serve God at a certain age than at another?

  • Is hardness of heart a problem for unbelievers only? What personal sins or problems of the world are you callous or indifferent toward? How should a believer deal with personal areas of hardheartedness?

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What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Exodus - Week 10 & 11

Exodus - Week 10 & 11

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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  • Have a group member read Exodus 6:1-13 aloud.

  • What purpose does this section of the text serve? Why is it included here?

  • Have a group member read Exodus 6:14-30 aloud.

    How closely does your family pay attention to lineage and family trees? Do you have any famous ancestors?

REFLECT

  • Look again at vv. 6-8. God begins and ends His message with, “I am the LORD.” Why do you think He does this? What are the implications of this repeated statement?

  • What sort of relationship is God planning for Israel and Himself? Did God know that Israel would be difficult? Why does He keep pursuing them?

  • What parallels do you see between Moses and Jesus in this portion of the story? Connect the themes of rejection, discouragement and obedience between the two men.

  • Why do you think the author takes this particular moment to establish the lineage of Moses and Aaron as descendants of Levi?

  • Based on the order of the genealogy, Aaron is Moses’ older brother. Reflecting back on Moses’ birth story, how does this detail change the way you perceive the bravery of their parents in the face of oppression? How might this detail complicate their current roles as leaders of Israel?

  • Look again at vv. 28-30. They act as a summary statement for all that has occurred since God spoke to Moses from the burning bush. Why do you think the author chose to reiterate only these particular ideas? What does the author want us to remember about God and about Moses from these chapters?

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  • Have you ever been in a place where God’s promises and the good news of a bright future have been unbelievable? When was a time when the pain of the moment made it seem like there was no way out?

  • Moses and Aaron knew they had to obey God, even when the people of God felt like it was a lost cause. Are there ways the Church has given up on serving and obeying God because it seems like a lost cause? How can you persist in spite of this? How can you encourage your brothers and sisters forward?

  • What are some things God has called all Christians to that we are commonly afraid to do? What lies feed our fears?

  • Which of the fears you mentioned above do you battle personally? How does knowing Yahweh, the Great I Am, answer your fears and give you confidence?

CLOSE

What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?