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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?

  • 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?

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?

  • 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?