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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?

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?

Exodus - Week 5

Exodus - Week 5

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

Have a group member read Exodus 2:11-22 aloud. Then have another group member read Acts 7:23-29. How does the account in Acts add to your understanding of the account in Exodus?

REFLECT

  • What purpose do these two “scenes” in the life of Moses serve? How do they look back to what has already occurred and prepare us for what is to come?

  • What does the incident in verses 11-15 reveal about Moses’ sense of identity? About his character?

  • What light do verses 16-22 shed on Moses’ thoughts and feelings? What do his marriage and the naming of his son reveal about his outlook on his future?

  • Moses’ first attempt to deliver one of his own people from oppression is a complete failure. What do you think he believed about himself? About God’s estimation of him? Why might God have allowed him to fail in that way?

APPLY

  • Why is fleeing from our sin and guilt always a bad idea? How does it keep us from loving God and others? Think of examples from your own life. Why is owning and confessing what we have done essential to our spiritual health?

  • Describe a time when God used a failure to teach you and mature you. What did you learn about yourself? About God?

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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 4

Exodus - Week 4

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 2:1-10 aloud. Then have another group member read Acts 7:17-22.

  • 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?

  • The Hebrew midwives feared God more than Pharaoh. How do we see others demonstrate the same kind of bravery in this scene?

  • As we will see throughout the book of Exodus, Moses foreshadows Christ. What similarities can you find between the birth story of Moses and the birth story of Jesus? Scan through Matthew 2:1-18 to help with your answer.

APPLY

  • Moses’ parents see a hopeless situation turn into a hope-filled one by the sovereign hand of God. How have you seen God do this in your own life?

  • Exodus 2 describes the birth of hope. Have a group member read Romans 15:13 aloud. Why is it important to remember that we serve a God who fits this description? How should it change the way we regard people or situations that seem beyond hope?

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?

Exodus - Week 3

Exodus - Week 3

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 1:8-22 aloud.
  • How would it have felt to be a Hebrew living in Egypt during the time described?

REFLECT

  • Describe Pharaoh’s initial plan for Hebrew population control in 1:8-14. What multiple purposes did it serve, from his perspective? What was the result?
  • Describe Pharaoh’s second plan for Hebrew population control in 1:15-22. What does it reveal about the relative value he placed on human life? On males versus females?
  • Despite living under the rule of a fearsome pharaoh, the Hebrew midwives walked in fear of God. How did their rightly-placed fear equip them to be obedient to their true master?

APPLY

  • Who or what are we most likely to fear more than God? What is the secret to fearing God more than the "pharaohs" in our lives?
  • Obedience is a challenge when times are easy, but it is particularly difficult when times are hard. How is the rightly-placed fear of the Hebrew midwives an example to us? In what current circumstance can you imitate their courage by remembering whose servant you truly are?

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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 2

Exodus - Week 2

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Discussion Questions

(Pg 19 in Discussion Guide). Download full Discussion Guide here.

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 1:1-7 aloud.
  • In Acts 7, Stephen stands before the Sanhedrin and delivers a sermon which summarizes the history of the nation of Israel. Have another group member read Acts 7:1-18 aloud.
  • What is the hardest season you have ever had to endure?

REFLECT

  • In Acts 7:5-7, what do you learn about the Egyptian captivity? About the hope Israel held?
  • Have a group member read Genesis 1:28 aloud. How does this verse relate to Exodus 1:1-7? What does it indicate about the faithfulness of God?
  • During the 400 years of waiting in Egypt, what do you think the Israelites thought regarding God’s promise of the land of Canaan? Regarding God’s character?

APPLY

  • Having to wait is part of being human, but waiting through trial and hardship is particularly difficult. Have a group member read 2 Peter 3:8-9 aloud. How does it relate to Israel’s situation in the opening lines of Exodus? How is it relevant to your current circumstances?
  • What trial is currently keeping you in waiting? Is it sinful to want our times of trial to be short? Why or why not?

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?