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Exodus - Week 10

Exodus - Week 10

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

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

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

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.

APPLY

  • 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?

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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 9

Exodus - Week 9

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 5 aloud.

  • What one word would you use to describe the tone of chapter 5? Why?

REFLECT

  • Moses obediently goes to Egypt to confront Pharaoh. What do you think Moses expected to happen? What is surprising about the outcome? What is unsurprising?

  • What tactic does Pharaoh employ to undermine Moses? Why is it effective?

  • What does Moses’ response to God in 5:22-23 reveal about his state of mind? About his faith?

APPLY

  • How does this week’s text challenge the idea that our obedience obligates God to bless us and grant us an easy life? How does it challenge the idea that the Christian life is free from doubt?

  • How prone are you to discouragement when obedience to God does not yield an immediate, discernible blessing? What is a better motive for obedience than to gain a reward?

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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 8

Exodus - Week 8

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OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 4 aloud.

  • What kind of situation is most likely to cause you to doubt your abilities?

REFLECT

  • In 4:1-12, God responds to Moses’ credibility concerns by giving him three miraculous signs and an assurance about his deficiency of speech. What does Moses believe is necessary to serve God? What does God indicate is necessary?

  • In 4:13-14, God responds to Moses’ fifth objection with anger. Does this response surprise you? Why or why not? In light of his mission, why might it have been important for Moses to remember that God’s anger toward sin is part of His character?

  • In 4:15-31, Moses responds obediently to God’s command to return to Egypt. However, despite knowing that his sons should have been circumcised on the eighth day, he hadn’t done so. (For further explanation on this scene, visit www.gotquestions.org/kill-Moses.html.) God required Moses to obey in personal matters as well as in public ones. Why is integrity in personal matters so important for someone in public ministry?

APPLY

  • After five objections to His clear command, God’s anger is kindled. Have a group member read Psalm 145:8. Have another group member read James 1:19-20. How is God’s anger different from man’s anger? Which situations are most likely to elicit an angry response from you? What practical strategies can help us avoid sinning in our anger?

  • Why is integrity in personal matters important for every believer, whether they’re in public ministry or not? What private sins are you most likely to justify or downplay?

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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 7

Exodus - Week 7

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

Have a group member read Exodus 3 aloud. Then have another group member read Acts 7:30-34. How does the account in Acts add to your understanding of the account in Exodus?

REFLECT

  • What purpose does this “scene” in the life of Moses serve? How does it look back to what has already occurred and prepare us for what is to come?

  • How should Moses have responded to God’s statements in Exodus 3:10? What does his actual response reveal?

  • Summarize God’s words to Moses in chapter 3 in one sentence. What is the main point He expresses to Moses?

APPLY

  • Have you ever thought or said, “If God would just tell me explicitly what to do, I would do it”? How does the story of Moses and the burning bush challenge that statement? Why do we still hesitate to obey, even when the will of God is clear?

  • God spoke to Moses from a burning bush. Today, He speaks to us from His Word. What clear command from Scripture are you slow to obey? What immediate obedience do you need to practice this week? How does God’s response to Moses urge you to walk forward in obedience?

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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 6

Exodus - Week 6

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 2:23-25 aloud.

  • How would you describe the tone of this passage?

REFLECT

  • Why does the text mention that the king of Egypt died? Think back to why Moses is not currently in Egypt (2:15). How might this detail affect the storyline?

  • Have a group member read Genesis 17:1-6. Why do you think God’s covenant is mentioned at this point in the Exodus narrative?

  • How does the description of God in 2:24-25 place Him in stark contrast to the gods of wood and stone worshiped by the Egyptians?

APPLY

  • The original readers of Exodus were the generation of Israelites about to enter the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering. How would the words of 2:24-25 been a comfort to them? How should they comfort us?

  • In the midst of their suffering, how aware do you think the Israelites were that God heard, remembered, saw and knew? Why is it good for us to meditate on these truths in both good times and bad?

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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?